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Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah

Friday, June 24, 2016 9:30 PM

District of Comedy Festival

Jay Pharoah is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions, including President Barack Obama, Ben Carson, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith, and Kanye West, as well as for his recurring character of school principal Daniel Frye.

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Jay Pharoah 
Part of the Kennedy Center's District of Comedy Festival

Jay Pharoah is an actor and stand-up comedian. Currently rounding up his sixth season as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, Pharoah is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions, including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith, Kanye West, Ben Carson, and Chris Tucker, as well as his recurring character of school principal Daniel Frye.

Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age, training in local comedy clubs. He went on to tour in the U.K., U.S., and Montreal. He has released a series of music videos through Above Average, including "Bad Kisser," a parody on Usher's "Good Kisser," and "Problems." Pharoah's previous Kanye West parody, "I Am a Dog," became an instant viral video reaching over a million views within the first week.

Recently, Pharoah and First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up at the White House to create a viral rap video, "Go to College," promoting the value of higher education. In 2015, he debuted his first stand-up comedy special, Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me?, on Showtime. His past feature film credits include Get a Job with Bryan Cranston and Miles Teller, Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and Top Five with Chris Rock, among others.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.