Jak Knight, stand-up comedian and ‘Bust Down’ star, dies aged 28

Comedian and actor Jak Knight passed away on Thursday evening. He was 28 years old.

Knight’s family confirmed the news to Deadline, saying that Knight died in Los Angeles. A cause of death was not given.

Knight was best known for co-creating and starring in Peacock’s comedy series “Bust Down” alongside Chris Redd, Langston Kerman and Sam Jay.

He also starred in the hit Netflix animated series “Big Mouth”, where he played high school student DeVon. Knight served as a writer on the show for five seasons.

Knight’s career-defining achievement was in the world of stand-up. He toured worldwide and became a well-known comic in Europe. In 2018, Knight was invited to star in Netflix’s special called “The Comedy Lineup”.

Tributes poured in after the sad news of his death came to light, with Comedy Central calling Knight a “hysterical and honest comedian” in a tribute.

Jak Knight (right) stars in Peacock's comedy series 'Bust Down', one of his most famous works for co-creation.
Jak Knight (right) stars in Peacock’s comedy series ‘Bust Down’, one of his most famous works.
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“Jak Knight was a hysterical and honest comedian. We will miss him immensely,” the network said tweeted.

Comedian Tim Dillon paid his respects on Twitterwriting, “We shot Netflix specials together years ago. He was an incredibly funny original voice in comedy and a great guy who will be sorely missed.”

Actor Kumail Nanjiani tweeted“Rest in peace Jak Knight. Hilarious comedian and a great guy. I can’t believe it.”

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