Shakir "Shak" Standley was born and raised in Chicago. He moved to New York in 2011 to pursue his dream of becoming a television comedy writer and stand-up comedian. The two worlds collided when rapper Ice-T saw Shak performing his unique and irreverent comedy on Youtube, and decided to cast him as a leading role in a music video for his band Body Count. He then caught the attention of MTV2 and was cast on the hit show Nick Cannon Presents Wild n Out, where he also taped a comedy special. Not long after, he was selected to the Last Comic Standing season 8 invitational. With the knowledge that the viewers needed more Shak, they brought him back for season 9, where he advanced to the semi-finals. His distinctive, absurdist brand of stand-up has led him to become a fast rising performer in New York comedy scene.