Our sources told us that Lorne Michaels (creator and Executive Producer of SNL) hand picked the 22-year-old Virginia stand-up comic, who has a huge arsenal of celebrity impressions including a pretty solid Barack Obama one. Could this be then end of racially incomparable Fred Armisen impersonating the President?
For a young man who says he dreams of meeting his comedy idols Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock, it looks like his dreams may come true. We also heard that Pharaoh flew into NYC twice in August for screen tests and meetings with Lorne.
Pharoah’s addition to the cast would double the number of African American players currently on the show (which has often skewed white) in addition to Keenan Thompson. It would also be the largest influx of new talent in to the show in a single season, since 2001 when Lorne Michaels introduced Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Dean Edwards and Jeff Richards to the 27th season of “SNL.”
Here is a sample of Jay’s impressions;
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