Jack Knight The stand-up comedian best known for his work on Netflix’s Big Mouth and Peacock Bust has died at the age of 28, his family said.
Knight died Thursday in Los Angeles, a spokesman for The Hollywood Reporter confirmed, who offered no further details related to his death.
“Knight’s loved ones ask that their privacy be respected during this extremely difficult time,” the comedian’s family said in a statement via a spokesperson.
The Los Angeles-based writer, comedian and actor launched Bust Down on the NBC streaming service in March, in which he co-wrote, executive produced and starred. The six-episode series, which also stars Chris Redd and Sam J, follows a group of friends who work low-paying jobs in a casino.
“We are devastated by the passing of Jack Knight. He was a brilliant comedian, visionary and artist, and we were all lucky enough to experience his greatness.” Application from Peacock released on Saturday. “Our hearts go out to Jack’s family, friends and community during this heartbreaking time.”
Since 2017, Knight has voiced the character Devon for five seasons in the hit Netflix animated series Big Mouth, about the ups and downs of puberty.
In addition to his work as a story editor, he also wrote several episodes of the show, which he praised in a 2018 interview with Respect for introducing him to “the most brilliant people” like Jordan Peele and Maya Rudolph.
In the same interview, Knight said that he started his career at around age 20, working with twin brothers, comedians and screenwriters known as The Lucas Brothers, on their series Lucas Bros. Moving Co., which ran for two seasons.
He called the groundbreaking series The Boondock and comedian Dave Chappelle “100% of the reasons I do what I do” when asked about what inspired him to get into the industry.
Knight was also a writer on the ABC comedy Black, as well as the HBO talk show Pause with Sam Jay, which earned him a Writers Guild of America Award nomination this year. In 2018, he worked extensively as a comedian with his own Netflix special as part of the streaming service’s Comedy Lineup series.
Knight’s death was announced shortly after he completed production on The First Time Female Director, an upcoming feature film directed by Chelsea Peretti, which was his first film.
Fellow comedians and actors took to social media to honor Knight’s memory upon learning of his death. Kumail Nanjiani describes him as “a fun comedian and a great guy”, and the star of “The Boys” Jack Quaid remembered him as “incredible” and “one of the greats”.
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