In news that has devastated his family, fans and those in the comedic community, comedian and actor Jak Knight tragically died on July 14 in Los Angeles.
Although his cause of death was not disclosed, the 28-year-old’s passing was confirmed by his family in a statement delivered by an agency representative.
Knight, who starred in the Netflix animated series Big Mouth was also a credited writer for ABC’s sitcom Black-ish. He had also co-created and starred in the Peacock comedy series Bust Down and was a co-executive producer and writer on HBO’s Pause with Sam Jay talk show.
Knight toured the world delivering his stand-up comedy working alongside other comedians such as Moshe Kasher, Eric Andre, Joel McHale, and Dave Chapelle and had recently wrapped up an acting role in First Time Female Director.
News of Knights’ death poured in as many in the comedy scene expressed their shock and devastation.
Peacock TV, where Knight had worked posted to Twitter:
“We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight. He was a brilliant comedian, visionary and artist and we were all lucky to experience his greatness. Our hearts are with Jak’s family, friends and community during this heartbreaking time.”
Comedy Central tweeted:
“A hysterical and honest comedian. We will miss him tremendously.”
Hollywood Improv also took to Twitter remembering Jak as a talent years ahead of his age, posting:
“Several years ago a young Jak Knight began coming into our open mics and it was clear from the beginning he was special. Jak was a tremendous writer and performer, years ahead of his age. He had a lot more to say and we’re heartbroken we won’t get to hear it. We love you forever Jak.”