Jake Sasseville at Stomp
Twenty-two-year-old Jake Sasseville likes to straddle the edge between the mainstream and the extreme.
That's the premise of his new nightly talk show, "The Edge with Jake Sasseville," which premiered last week on some 40 stations nationwide.
The show about a show is a hybrid between reality TV and late night talk, "unscripted like Larry Sanders."
"It's a behind-the-scenes look at how a 22-year-old hustles his own show, so there are unflattering clips," he told the Bryant Park Project in an in-studio interview. "They film me at my house when I'm not ready to rock. But that's OK!"
The young television host started his television career on Maine public access when he was just 15 years old. His staff is so committed that they have stayed with him even at times they haven't been able to get paid.
Sasseville says he wants to brand himself as a voice of his generation.
"When I was putting together this show ... I thought, 'My gosh, I need to be able to embody what this generation is all about, which is just doing it on your own terms, starting things, making it happen, moving forward and hustl[ing] it up."