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 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 television incarnation.
Fogelnest is a regular commentator on VH1's I Love The... series. 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 Late Night With Conan O'Brien. He's working on a project for MTV called Ten Years Later. Fogelnest had a cameo in the film Wet Hot American Summer and can be seen for 11 seconds in Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns, a documentary on They Might Be Giants.
Fogelnest served on the writing staff of the VH1 series Best Week Ever and regularly contributes 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 SNL's 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, where he worked as a DJ before the station changed formats and became WFNY-FM.
He formerly hosted a radio show with Jackie Clarke called Jake and Jackie on WFNY-FM in New York (92.3 Free FM, formerly known as WXRK K-Rock). The show was a combination of pop culture discussion and radio sketch comedy, featuring characters such as MC Steinberg (an insomniac 19½-year-old "hip-hop rapper" who works at a dollar store that caters to the Latino community) and The Whizzer (aka Johnny Wiznewski, an old-fashioned disc jockey from CBS Radio). The show also featured many frequent guests, including Penn Jillette, Michael Musto, Tom Scharpling, Rob Huebel, Chuck Nice, John Gemberling, Curtis Gwinn, Andy Rocco, Jawnee Conroy, Bobby Moynihan, James Eason, and Paul Scheer (the show's Hollywood correspondent).
Currently, he has a show on Sirius Satellite Radio's College rock/Indie rock channel, Sirius XMU, every day from 6 am to noon ET. Jake also does a live webcast on Stickam every Friday night at 7 pm ET. He also does a weekly segment on the problems affecting animal rights, and ethical science every Thursday at 3:00 pm.