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Jay Pharoah

A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, comedian Jay Pharoah quickly made a name for himself as an impressionist at an early age. When he was 15 years old, Jay began performing in Virginia comedy clubs, and soon began touring with comics Corey Holcomb and Charlie Murphy. Jay’s big break came in 2010, when his impression of Barack Obama went viral on YouTube. Jay’s Internet presence garnered the attention of Lorne Michaels, creator of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Michaels soon hired then 22 year old Jay to join the SNL cast in 2010. On SNL, Jay has debuted his skilled celebrity impressions, which include Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, and Michael Strahan, among others. In the fall of 2012, Jay replaced Fred Armisen as lead impersonator of President Obama, prior to the 2012 U.S. presidential elections. Also an accomplished actor, Jay appeared in FOX Searchlight’s Lola Versus, a 2012 independent film, as well as on The Late Show with David Letterman. Jay frequently tours as a stand up comedian across the country, performing at comedy clubs and colleges.