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.Jay began imitating cartoon characters and faculty in junior high school. Some people thought Jay just wanted to annoy his teachers or to be known as the “class clown.” But as the impressions became stronger, the list of those imitated got longer, and true talent began to shine through.
Because of his gift, Jay was able to grace the stages of Tidewater area comedy venues at just 15 years old. Since then, he’s wowed audiences all over the World. He also garnered the attention of Def Comedy Jam’s Talent VP, Bob Sumner, who likened him to a young Chris Tucker. But most compare him to a young Eddie Murphy—especially Charlie Murphy, who called Jay his “protégé” on New York’s top hip-hop station, Hot 97, during an interview.