JAKE FOGELNEST started a television show from his New York City bedroom when he was fourteen years old. Now he's twenty-five... and he's grown a beard.
SQUiRT TV made its debut in January of 1994 on Manhattan public access. The show featured Jake spouting off his opinions of music, film and television. Jake wrote, produced, directed and edited the entire series himself. The one-man show quickly became a cult success in Manhattan. His quirky style, sense of humor and edgy commentary attracted an A-list fan base of night owls including, The Beastie Boys, Janeane Garofalo and Eric Bogosian -- just to name a few.
In January of 1996 SQUiRT TV evolved from Public Access to the mass audience of MTV. Still recorded from Jake's bedroom, the show featured more celebrity guests including Adam Sandler, Beck and The Kids In The Hall -- some of whom had appeared on SQUiRT TV in its original Public Access carnation.
Jake's other television credits include, VH1's I Love The 90's, his own hour special for Comedy Central, MTV's 12 Angry Viewers,Upright Citizens Brigade, and guest appearances on The Jon Stewart Show, Howard Stern and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. On-screen, Jake had a cameo in the USA Films release, Wet Hot American Summer alongside Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon and several cast members from MTV's, The State. He can be seen for eleven seconds in Gigantic: A Tale Of Two John's, a documentary on They Might Be Giants. Jake also hosted his own free form radio program, The Buzz, on 92.3 K-Rock in New York.
He has written numerous articles for magazines such as Spin, Ray Gun, Bikini, Alternative Press and Jane. Television writing credits include many projects for MTV, VH1 and UPN. Jake currently contributes jokes to Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live and wrote a headline once for America's Finest News Source, The Onion.
As a director, Jake has directed music videos alongside his mentor Spike Jonze. He co-directed, Jerry Minor Is A Black Man for the Saturday Night Live alum. He served as the Assistant Director for Sarah Silverman's one-woman show, Jesus Is Magic at Joe's Pub. He's worked on tour with the Upright Citizens Brigade and continues to develop numerous comedy projects at their downtown New York City theatre. His show Eye Candy, starring Dannah Feinglass and Danielle Schneider (which Jake co-directed with SNL's Amy Poehler) was selected for the 2002 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival.
Jake won the 2003 Emerging Comics Of New York Award for directing the UCB downtown hit, Jon Daly is Balls Out and now serves on the board of directors for the ECNY awards. He serves as the "minister of comedic arts" for the Ars Nova Theatre (whatever that means) and you can even occasionally catch Jake on-stage when he feels like doing Talk Show, a favorite live event of Time Out New York.
At twenty-five years old it appears Jake Fogelnest is well on his way to a fantastic career, resting any fears that he'd end up as "that little weird dude that used to host that show."