Other television credits include "HBO Young Comedian's
hosted Comedy Central's "Two Drink Minimum" and has appeared more
than thirty times on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Jake was seen in the Robert Altman produced, Alan Rudolph
("Choose Me") feature film "Mrs. Parker & the Vicious
Circle", distributed by Fine Line Features which premiered at the Cannes
Film Festival to rave reviews. Jake had a costarring role in a cast that
included Mathew Broderick, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Campbell Scott.
Man vs. machine, extraterrestrials and relationships are just some
of the eclectic themes that Jake reflects upon. If anything is his trademark,
according to Johannsen it is his longer, convoluted stories. "I'm talking
about things that everybody can relate to and I think I have my own idea of
where the problem is. I don't feel I make them deliberately bizarre."
Born in Iowa City, Jake attended Iowa State University in Ames in
the early 1980s as a veterinarian major, later changing to chemical
engineering. "I started college when the emphasis was on learning
something that would get you a job." After three years in college
Johannsen decided to leave the safe confines of Iowa and relocate to San
Francisco to be part of the burgeoning comedy scene with such upstarts as Dana
Carvey and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Shortly after his west coast arrival, Jake made his comedic debut
at San Francisco's Cobbs Comedy Club during an open mike night. In 1986, he won
the 11th Annual San Francisco Stand Up Comedian Competition. Jake also appeared
in the "HBO Young Comedians Special" and on public television's
"Comedy Tonight" series.