Jake is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and spent his formative years on the fur trading trails along Lake Michigan. In 2007, he was hired as Funny or Die’s first in-house director and continued on to direct Digital Shorts at Saturday Night Live. Jake made his feature film directorial debut with Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates for 20th Century Fox.
Recently, Szymanski directed the HBO comedy special, 7 Days in Hell, starring Andy Samberg. He is currently in post-production on another HBO Mockumentary with Andy Samberg, TOUR DE PHARMACY, which takes place in the world of cycling.
Commercially, Jake has worked with many brands such as Samsung, Fiat, VW, Boost Mobile, AT&T, Bayer, and Taco Bell among others. He also helped create Award Winning Ad campaigns, including Will Ferrell’s Old Milwaukee Beer ads and Dodge Durango ads.
Jake is currently attached to direct WOMEN IN BUSINESS for Fox with Gloria Sanchez Productions and Chernin producing. Emma Stone, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell are attached to star. He is also attached to direct an untitled comedy at Paramount with Gary Sanchez producing and Lauryn Kahn writing, as well as OPERATION PRINCE OF FREEDOM, a comedy spec by Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn which sold to Fox with Gary Sanchez and Chernin producing.