Stand-Up comedian, writer & actor Jak Knight is one of the biggest talks in comedy right now and we got a chance to speak with him as he was featured with a few other notable artist on Zach Fox’s radio show live in LA on October 25th. The conversation allowed the audience to get to know each artist individually as they continue to drive culture forward and leaving marks on the scenes they represent.
Los-Angeles bred, Jak Knight got his start as a writer on the Lucas Bros Moving Co & is currently the voice of Devon on Netflix’s Big Mouth. We got a chance to ask him how was the experience on both ends and as he is fresh off his appearance on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup which featured Phil Wang & Aisling Bea, we asked him would he be open for another Netflix opportunity.
Check out what Jak had to say below.
RESPECT.: So how cool is it to have been invited to do the radio show alongside Zach Fox and a few other notable artist?
Jak: I’m good buddies with Amine & Zach, but the crowd could be sh**** someone could throw something at me. It could all go left so I don’t know what level of excitement I got I’m just trying to be drunk. So out of 10, I would say 7.
How cool was it to have had the opportunity to showcase your talent on The Comedy Lineup for Nextflix this past summer?
Jak: That s*** was fun. I just want to do it again, I want to do the 30, the hour. I want to do all the good noise and put new s*** out so everybody can see it, just makes you say like “I told yall n*****”.
You are currently a voiceover actor/writer for the Netflix animated series Big Mouth as Devon, what kind of experience did you have doing that?
Jak: Voice-over work, I’ve been talking all my life so all I have to do is, do it over a microphone. It’s not in the character, which is a young black dude who be f****** all the b****** at school. And I did that, so I didn’t have to reach or dig deep for that character that’s pretty much what I did. Being a writer is amazing and just being in the room with some of the most brilliant people alive and I get to sit across the table with people like Jordan Peele & Maya Rudolph it’s surreal but it’s a lot of work, work.
You’re also a writer for Lucas Bros Moving Co? How is that?
That was my first ever job. I got that when I was like 19 or 20. Deadass the way that the s*** played out was the Lucas Bros heard about me from somebody I don’t know who and they was like “aye, come hang out with us, come smoke.” So we’re in there smoking and we was in there talking about “sister, sister’ for like hours and ‘smart guy‘ all those classic shows. Then I was like “aye, what if their was like a 3rd sister that got left out that became an evil 3rd sister?” And then they were like “aye, you want to write for our TV show?” and I was like “Yeah” and that’s that. The writing package is pure dumb buffoonery (laughs).
Growing up what inspired you to start a career in comedy?
The Boondocks and Dave Chappelle. %100 the reasons why I do what I do.
Who do you prefer, Katt Williams or Kevin Hart?
Katt Williams, that’s not even a debate. We’re talking about Katt Muthaf***** Williams that n**** said “a group of insurgents” he was already a legend from that alone. He’s one of the best ever.
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