Jay Pharoah

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Jay Pharoah
BornJared Antonio Farrow
(1987-10-14) October 14, 1987 (age 25)
Chesapeake, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active2002–present
 
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Jay Pharoah
BornJared Antonio Farrow
(1987-10-14) October 14, 1987 (age 25)
Chesapeake, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active2002–present

Jared Antonio Farrow (born October 14, 1987), better known by his stage name Jay Pharoah, is an American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist. He joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live in 2010, for its thirty-sixth season.[1]

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Early life

Pharoah began doing impersonations at age 6, and cites Gilbert Gottfried's character in Aladdin, Iago, as his first voice, explaining, "My father put me in a talent competition a couple of months later, and out of the whole thing I got fifth place."[2]

In 2005, he graduated from Indian River High School in Chesapeake. One of his characters, Principal Daniel Frye, is heavily influenced by IRHS's current principal, James Frye. [3]

Career

Pharoah has been performing stand-up comedy in community theaters and at comedy clubs in Virginia since he was 15.[4] He at one point toured with Corey Holcomb and Charlie Murphy.[1] He became known for his many celebrity impressions,[5] including Barack Obama, Will Smith, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Chris Rock and Denzel Washington.[1]

Pharoah became an internet phenomenon when his impersonation of Barack Obama became widely seen on YouTube. In early 2010, Pharoah appeared in a series of segments that aired on 106 & Park in promotion for the 2010 BET Awards, where his character had to deliver an important package for television personalities Rocsi and Terrence J.[2][1]

2010–present: Saturday Night Live

In 2010, Pharoah was hired by Saturday Night Live as a featured player for the show's 36th season. As of August 2012, he is currently the youngest member of the cast at age 25. He debuted on Saturday Night Live on September 25, 2010 and is regarded by Rob Moynihan of TV Guide as the "breakout player" for that season, for his seemingly effortless impersonations of Jay-Z, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Lil Wayne, and Denzel Washington.[2][1] He debuted his SNL impersonation of Barack Obama in the 38th season premiere on September 15, 2012.[6]

Pharoah appeared in the independent film Lola Versus, released by Fox Searchlight Pictures in June 2012.

Celebrity Impressions on SNL

Vocal impressions on SNL

Characters on SNL

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