Interview: Jak Knight

On the strength of his recent appearance on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup Jak Knight is already one of our favourite comedians right now, it may have only been a fifteen minute set but it was was a blisteringly funny one and we can’t wait to see more of him. Fortunately we soon will be, as he’s in London next week at the Soho Theatre, tickets for which can be bought by clicking here. Also a writer for Lucas Bros. Moving Co and Netflix’s Big Mouth, for which he provided the voice of Devon, here he talks about his forthcoming London shows, what it was like working on both Lucas Bros. Moving Co and Big Mouth, and what he’d do if money if no object.

Comedy To Watch: You’re performing at the Soho Theatre this month, what can we expect to see in the show?

Jak: Soho shows will be loose. I just wanna talk and air out some ideas while still making sure everyone has a great time. Expect a lot of London and pussy talk.

CTW: What inspired you to get in to comedy?

Jak: The Boondocks and Dave Chappelle.

CTW: How was your first ever gig?

Jak: Terrible. I bombed so bad I moved to Los Angeles and started doing it for a living.

CTW: And how do you feel you’ve evolved since that night?

Jak: I’m myself and not the idea of what I thought doing comedy was.

CTW: What’s your favourite thing about performing stand up?

Jak: Expressing ideas that my girlfriend is bored with hearing for money.

CTW: Since Trump was elected has your take on doing stand up changed? And if so how do you deal with such horrendously bleak real life political situations?

Jak: Trump doesn’t bother me. White people white people everywhere. Blah blah blah.

CTW: You wrote for one of our favourite series, Lucas Bros Moving Co, can you tell us what that was like, and what the process was?

Jak: Writing for the Lucas bro’s was my first ever gig. I got the job so randomly. They invited me to smoke and we talked about Sister Sister for hours. Then made an ep right there on the spot. We didn’t get much work done until the last minute.

CTW: You also have written for Netflix’s Big Mouth, and voice Devon in the series, can you tell us about your experiences on the show? And what we can look forward to in the second season?

Jak: Big Mouth is just, as y’all say, bloody brilliant. Everyone in that room is a genius. I’m so blessed to be on a show that takes on such great concepts. 2nd season blows season 1 out the water. I think that’s what I’m supposed to say… let me ask Nick. I’ll come back to you.

CTW: What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?

Jak: Highlight…. hmmmmm. I don’t know. So much has happened. I honestly can’t pick one. Comedy is just the fuckin’ best.

CTW: Apart from all of the projects you’ve previously been involved with, is there anything else you’d like to do in the comedy world?

Jak: I want to film a comedy special in Africa.

CTW: What would you like to see change about the current comedy scene?

Jak: Comics are lazy… so they pull emotional strings knowing people are weak right now because of the political climate. Blogs and reviewers fall for it and call that the highest level of comedy. You can be emotional and hilarious. Do the job. Or go stand on a soap box. You in the way….

CTW: If money were no object, what would you like to create?

Jak: Money no object? Place in London. Place in Nairobi. And once a month I’d have lunch with Solange in a park on shrooms.

CTW: If you could interview yourself, what question would you most like to ask? And what would the answer be?

Jak: I’d ask Jak “Why does going to therapy make you think you won’t be funny anymore”. My answer would be because I’m afraid being a broken narcissist is why I’m funny and without it I’m boring.

CTW: And finally, can you tell us what your plans are for the future?

Jak: Future plans. Do a Netflix 30 and make a show with my friends.

Related Links:
Jak’s Official Site.
Soho Theatre Show Info.

Alex Finch.

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