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Jak Knight, Known for ‘Big Mouth’ Netflix Series, Dies at 28


Jak Knight, a slapstick comedian, author and actor known for his role on the animated Netflix series “Big Mouth,” died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 28.

His family on Saturday confirmed his death in a press release that didn’t provide a reason for death.

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

Starting in March, Mr. Knight starred with Chris Redd, Sam Jay and Langston Kerman within the Peacock series “Bust Down,” which he also helped to create. He was also an executive producer on the HBO talk show “Pause with Sam Jay” and was nominated this 12 months for a Writers Guild of America award for his work on the show.

From 2017-21, he was a author and producer for the hit animated sitcom “Big Mouth” and voiced the character Devon. Mr. Knight worked as a author for the ABC comedy “Black-ish” from 2019-20. His 30-minute Netflix stand-up special aired in 2018 as a part of “The Comedy Lineup” series.

He was named a 2014 Comedy Central Comic to Watch, a 2015 Latest Face on the Montreal Only for Laughs Festival and an L.A. 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 about his surviving relatives weren’t immediately available.

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

The comedian James Adomian said on Twitter that at any time when he was performing with Mr. Knight, he knew it might be a “wildly funny night.”

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

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