Jak Knight Dies: Comedian and Co-Creator of Peacock’s ‘Bust Down’ Was 28

Jak Knight (Credit: Peacock)

Jak Knight, a stand-up comedian, writer and actor who most recently worked on HBO Max’s Pause With Sam Jay, died Thursday night in Los Angeles, his family said. The cause of death was not disclosed for the 28-year-old performer.

Knight co-created the Peacock comedy series Bust Down, which premiered earlier this year. He co-starred on the show with Sam Jay, Langston Kerman, and Chris Redd. The series follows a group of friends living dead-end lives with dead-end jobs at a casino in middle America. Knight was also an executive producer on the show.

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Peacock and Universal Television released a joint statement calling the comedian a “visionary.”

“We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight,” the streaming service said in a statement. “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.”

Knight also played DeVon on the Netflix animated series Big Mouth and was a writer on the show. His other writing credits included  Black-ish and Immoral Compass, according to his IMDb page. Knight additionally served as a co-executive producer and writer on Pause with Sam Jay.

He was named a Comedy Central Comic to Watch, and opened for various stand-up comedians including Dave Chappelle, Joel McHale, Eric Andre, Moshe Kasher, and Aziz Ansari, according to his personal website.