About Jake Johannsen
A native of Iowa, Jake Johannsen spent three years at Iowa State University dabbling in Veterinarian Science and Chemical Engineering before moving to San Fransisco to try his hand at comedy. Jake sought to make his comedic mark on the city at a time when San Fransisco was fostering the likes of young talents such as Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Carvey. Jake made his own comedy debut during an open mike night and four years later won the 11th Annual San Francisco Stand-up Comedian Competition. A reconteur of weird stories, it is no wonder why Jake is one of David Letterman"s favorite comics. With over twenty-nine Letterman appearances under his belt (not to mention a handful of Late Night with Conan O"Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Politically Incorrect gigs) Jake is no stranger to late night television. His late night appearances gave Jake the exposure he needed to land the 10th Annual HBO Young Comedian"s Special, a 1/2 hour One Night Stand, and his very own HBO Comedy Special, "This"ll Take About An Hour". Jake received incredible reviews, strong ratings, and a Cable Ace Award nomination for the best writing in an entertainment special. People Magazine rated the special as one of the ten best television shows of the year and TV Guide named it one of the "50 Funniest Moments of TV".