Jak Knight, best known for Netflix series ‘Big Mouth’, dies at 28


Jak Knight, stand-up comedian, writer and actor best known for his role in the Netflix animated series “Big Mouth,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 28 years old.

His family confirmed his death in a statement on Saturday that did not provide a cause of death.

Mr. Knight had recently completed filming as an actor in the film “First Time Female Director”, written and directed by Chelsea Peretti.

From March, Mr Knight starred with Chris Redd, Sam Jay and Langston Kerman in the Peacock series “Bust Down”, which he also helped create. He was also an executive producer of the HBO talk show “Pause with Sam Jay” and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award this year for his work on the show.

From 2017 to 2021, he served as writer and producer on the hit animated sitcom “Big Mouth” and voiced the character Devon. Mr. Knight worked as a screenwriter for the 2019-20 ABC comedy “Black-ish.” His 30-minute Netflix special aired in 2018 as part of “The Comedy Lineup” series.

It was named Comics to Watch Comedy Central in 2014, New Face in 2015 at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and LA Comic to watch by TimeOut in 2018.

He opened for various stand-up comedians, including Dave Chappelle, Joel McHale, Eric Andre, Moshe Kasher and Hannibal Buress.

Details of his surviving relatives were not immediately available.

As news of his death spread, tributes to Mr Knight appeared on social media.

Comedian James Adomian said on Twitter that every time he played with Mr. Knight he knew it would be a “wildly funny evening”.

“He was winning big, all well deserved, so witty and memorable every moment on stage and off,” he wrote.


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