Friday, September 03, 2010

SNL News - Jay Pharoah joins the cast



For a little while now, Kenan Thompson has been the only African American SNL cast member, but it looks like that may not be true for much longer. The Comic’s Comic, a blog dedicated to everything related to stand-up/sketch comedy (and the site who actually appears to have broken the news of the previous new cast additions), says Jay Pharoah, a young stand-up comedian from Virginia’s Tidewater, may be joining the cast. Aside from the increase in racial diversity, even more exciting is the fact that Pharoah may bring a new take on President Barack Obama to the table. Though Fred Armisen has done a decent job with the impersonation, he can only do so much with a man who doesn’t really have many outstanding mannerisms or speech characteristics to embellish.



Apparently Pharoah’s casting is pretty much a done deal. (Let’s hope so after being flown to NYC twice for screen tests and meetings with Lorne Michaels.) So this coming season will bring a whole slew of new talent. Below you can check out Pharoah’s comedic stylings, including quite an array of impressions — Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Chris Tucker, Denzel Washington, Barack Obama, Katt Williams and literally dozens more.

From:
http://www.collider.com/2010/09/02/saturday-night-live-bryan-cranston-jay-pharoah/
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Jay does Denzel Washington and Will Smith complaining about each other (documentary style):



Jay does Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy complaining about each other:



Jay's standup (he strings together his impressions):



Good Smoegel impression. Check out his Barack Obama at 3:18. Fred has just been replaced.

I think the coolest thing about his impressions is that the dude plays himself so loose and goofy that he literally transforms into a character. I haven't seen someone do that so well since Andy Kaufman.

Thanks to Janey for the scoop!

Enjoy!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

ok, so that means keenan is off the show.

The Animation Empire said...

Well it takes away Fred's insurance (Obama impression) and Kenan's insurance (only African American). My guess is that they're on for one more season, and they either leave by choice or they "don't get renewed."

- TAE

Anonymous said...

He looks scary... I haven't seen the videos yet so....

Anonymous said...

Steve Carell is going to host the first episode of season 36!

youreanartard said...

http://perezhilton.com/2010-09-03-jason-sudeikis-jokes-about-relationship-with-maniston#comment-5315051

Jason Sudeikis talks about his relationships.

Steve carell is hella funny. I think he'll good to host for..3 er 2 times?

Anonymous said...

3rd time for steve carrell i think!

this jay dude looks annoying! I'm not too good with changes when it comes to snl. i'm still sad because finesse had to go, he was great!

The Animation Empire said...

Anony, we'll see. Finesse was hilarious in his standup, but I never found him funny on SNL. So we'll see if Jay can do characters.

- TAE

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