Jake Fogelnest

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Jake Fogelnest
Born (1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 35)
Philadelphia, PA
Occupation Comedian, writer, producer, radio personality
Years active 1994–present

Benjamin Jacob Fogelnest (born March 14, 1979[1][2]), better known as Jake Fogelnest, is a writer, comedian, radio personality, and American satirist.


Jake started a television show, Squirt TV, from his New York City bedroom when he was 14 years old.[2] Squirt TV made its debut in January 1994 on Manhattan public-access television cable TV. The show, which Fogelnest wrote, produced, and directed, featured his opinions on music, film and television. The one-man show quickly became a cult success in Manhattan, attracting with its quirky style, sense of humor and edgy commentary a fan base of night owls, including Beastie Boys, Janeane Garofalo, and Eric Bogosian.

Squirt TV soon moved from public-access television to MTV[3] (a trajectory that echoed the movie Wayne's World, released in 1992). Still recorded from Fogelnest'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 television incarnation.

Fogelnest is a regular commentator on VH1's I Love the... and The Greatest. Other television credits include a special for Comedy Central, MTV's 12 Angry Viewers, Upright Citizens Brigade, and guest appearances on The Jon Stewart Show, Howard Stern and Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. In 2005, Fogelnest created Ten Years Later [4] for MTV, a fictional documentary which followed Jake's life if he "never grew out of 'Squirt TV.'" The show was co-written and directed by Tom Gianas.

Fogelnest had a cameo in the film Wet Hot American Summer and is interviewed in Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns, a documentary on the band They Might Be Giants. He also appears as himself in the Amy Heckerling film, Vamps.

Fogelnest served on the writing staff of the VH1 series Best Week Ever and regularly contributed jokes to Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." He's written for magazines such as Spin, Ray Gun, Bikini, Alternative Press, and Jane, and he's appeared in the "Say Something Funny" feature of The Onion'."

Fogelnest co-directed Jerry Minor is a Black Man for the Saturday Night Live alum. He served as 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 has developed numerous comedy projects at their downtown New York City theater. There he co-directed (with Amy Poehler) the two-person show Eye Candy, starring Dannah Feinglass and Danielle Schneider, which was selected for the 2002 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival. Fogelnest's most acclaimed UCB production is George Bush is a Motherfucker, which featured many members of Respecto Montalban, and was produced by Adam McKay.

In 2004, he won a New York City A.I.R. Award for hosting the "Top 92 Worst Xmas Songs of All-Time" on the former WXRK[5] where he worked as a DJ before the station changed formats and became WFNY-FM.

In 30 April 2013, Fogelnest moderated the panel discussion "I Figured Out the Internet: Secrets of My Twitter Success" in Comedy Central's comedy festival "#ComedyFest" which included Amber Earnest.[6][7]

Upon K-Rock's format switch, Jake hosted a radio show on the new Free-FM with Jackie Clarke called Jake and Jackie. The show was a combination of pop culture discussion and radio sketch comedy. Jake left the show for Sirius XM radio in 2006.

Currently, he has a show on Sirius XM's College rock/Indie rock channel, Sirius XMU, every day from 6 am to noon ET. He can also be heard from Noon to 6 pm on Sirius XM Alt Nation. Fogelnest also does live webcasts on Stickam which has received nearly 4,000,000 live views. In September 2012, his podcast, The Fogelnest Files, debuted on Earwolf. Fogelnest left Sirius XM in November 2014.


  1. ^ "Today in History". The Associated Press. March 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Strauss, Neil (September 9, 1997). "At 18, the 'Squirt TV' Guy Resumes His Pop-Scene Assault". The New York Times. p. 9. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Linder, Laura R. (1999), Public access television: America's electronic soapbox, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 43, ISBN 978-0-275-96487-0 
  4. ^ "Ten Years Later". Jake Fogelnest's blog. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Z100 And its Host Dominate AIR Awards". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ ", In one week, Comedy Central and Twitter will...". Comedy Central. 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Comedy Central lanceert #ComedyFest op Twitter". Comedy Central.nl (in Dutch). 23 April 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 

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