Born in Cleveland, Jacob cut his teeth in Chicago and has called NYC home for over a decade. He always splits Aces and 8s in Blackjack. He speaks English and Spanish.
With his creative team Steel Drum In Space (Trish Harnetiaux, Anthony Arkin), Jacob co-wrote and stars in the surreal comedy, You Wouldn't Understand, an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2021. The film celebrated its world premiere at Fantasia Film Festival 2020 and the US premiere at Screamfest LA 2020. As a SAG Award nominee and a fixture in the indie film scene, he starred in the critically-acclaimed horror feature An Unquiet Grave (Shudder Original) and can be seen in Anthony Arkin's sci-fi thriller Sender (Amazon).
TV credits include: FBI, Gotham, Law & Order SVU, Shades of Blue, Blue Bloods, One Bad Choice, Woman of a Certain Age, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Boardwalk Empire. Series reg in the dark comedy Ripshit (dir. Maria McIndoo, writer Keith Foglesong).
In the podcast landscape, Jacob is a series regular on the Playwrights Horizons/Soundstage episodic series, The MS Phoenix Rising, a satirical comedy that The New Yorker called "among the funniest to emerge from the pandemic."
As co-creator of numerous sketch and web series, his work has been featured on JASH, CollegeHumor, VH1's Best Week Ever, CH2, Nitehawk Cinema and more. He created, wrote, and starred in the offbeat comedy series Driver Ed (dir. Amanda Cowper), an official selection of Tribeca Film Festival 2018.
Jacob grew up performing on stage and developed a love for Commedia dell'arte, Shakespeare, and Meisner. As a regular performer at NJ Rep, he has appeared in their world premieres: And Juliet, Nobody's Girl , and Mercy (alongside Soprano's Dan Grimaldi). Jacob has trained with SoHo Shakespeare Company, Matthew Corozine Studio, and Chicago's Black Box Acting Studio.
He wrote the 10 episode HuffPost/AOL show, Sustainable Self, as well as season two of AOL Originals' Why Didn't I Learn This In School. He served as head writer and host of RYOT Studio's Screen Time presented by Comcast/Xfinity, and went on to create and host the talk show Unpacking/Unboxing on HuffPost Live.
Co-writer and star of the action/comedy short, A Significant Problem, making its world premiere at Florida Film Festival 2022.