Jak Knight, Stand-Up Comedian and ‘Bust Down’ Star, Dies at 28

The comedian’s family said that he died in Los Angeles

Actor and comedian Jak Knight died on Thursday night at the age of 28.

His family revealed the news to Deadline, saying that Knight was at Los Angeles when he passed. However, they did not reveal the cause of death. Let’s take a look at Knight’s career.

Jak Knight Television Career

Jak Knight

Jack Knight rose to fame as the co-creator of Peacock’s comedy series Bust Down along with Chris Redd, Sam Jay, and Langston Kerman. He had appeared in Big Mouth, the hit animated series on Netflix by Nick Kroll. Knight had starred as the middle school student DeVon, and was also a writer on the show for five seasons.

But what shaped his career was becoming a stand-up comedian. He became a well-known comedian across Europe after he started touring globally. This led to him getting invited to star in Netflix’s special The Comedy Lineup. 

Tributes For Jak Knight

Jak Knight
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Once news of his tragic passing came out, many reached out to pay their condolences. Comedy Central called Knight a “hysterical and honest comedian” and said that they will miss him tremendously. Fellow comedian Tim Dillon paid his respects on Twitter, saying they had taped Netflix specials together years ago, and that he was a funny original voice in comedy and a great guy. Actor and former stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani also tweeted, saying that Jak Knight was a hilarious comedian and a great guy, and that he “can’t believe it.”

In 2014, Knight was named Comedy Central Comic to Watch, and he was also a 2015 New Face at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival.

Rest in peace, Jak Knight.