Pharoah is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith, Kanye West and Chris Tucker, as well as for 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.
Pharoah recently 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. His past feature film credits include “Ride Along” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, “Top Five” and “Balls Out.” This summer he debuted his first stand-up comedy special, “Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me?,” on Showtime.
Originally from Virginia, Pharoah currently resides in New York City. His birthday is October 14.