Benjamin Jacob Fogelnest
March 14, 1979
Early career/SQUiRT TV
Fogelnest started a television show, Squirt TV, from his New York City bedroom when he was 14 years old. 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 (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.
In 2005, Fogelnest created Ten Years Later  for MTV, a fictional documentary which followed Fogelnest's life if he "never grew out of 'Squirt TV.'" The show was co-written and directed by Tom Gianas.
Fogelnest was a regular commentator on VH1's I Love the... series. Other television credits include a 1995 hour-long special for Comedy Central, MTV's 12 Angry Viewers, Upright Citizens Brigade, and guest appearances on The Jon Stewart Show, Howard Stern and The Chris Gethard Show.
As a long-time fan of The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, Fogelnest contributed to the liner notes for The Numero Group's 2015 boxset, The Best Of The Best Show with a definitive interview he conducted with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster.
Fogelnest became actively involved at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City when it opened in 1999. While there he performed in, wrote and directed many sketch and improv shows. He also served as one of the first artistic directors at the theatre.
Alongside Paul Scheer, Fogelnest regularly hosted "Talk Show with Jake Fogelnest" at the original UCB Theatre in New York. After over a decade long hiatus, Scheer and Fogelnest brought the show back for one-night only in 2015 to celebrate the UCB Theatre's 10th Anniversary in Los Angeles.
In 2015, Fogelnest worked as a director with "Three Busy Debras" at the Annoyance Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2004, Fogelnest won a New York City A.I.R. Award for hosting the "Top 92 Worst Xmas Songs of All-Time" on the former WXRK where he worked as a DJ before the station changed formats and became WFNY-FM.
Upon K-Rock's format switch, Fogelnest 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. Fogelnest left the show for Sirius XM radio in 2006.
From 2006-2014, Fogelnest had a show on Sirius XM's College rock/Indie rock channel, Sirius XMU. He was also heard on Sirius XM Alt Nation. Fogelnest exited Sirius XM in November 2014 to focus full-time on writing for television.
In 2019, Jake began writing for "The Ron Burgundy Podcast."
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