Jay's one skit this week, and he KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK by busting out his Denzel impression.
Sketch - Returns & Exchanges
Jane Lynch ... customer
Vanessa Bayer ... customer
Bobby Moynihan ... employee
Jay Pharoah ... Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington takes a job at a department store to prepare for his next role.
Jay Pharoah is amazing and Bobby supports him well!
I can see this as a recurring skit as Denzel does research in all sorts of jobs (like a taxi driver for example).
Also, Jay has gotten to headline two skits in his first three episodes, and he has busted out his perfect Denzel and Will Smith impressions. Next he's gotta bust out his Eddie Murphy impression. After that, he's gotta come up with new impressions (he'll eventually take over Obama) and some original characters before he can be the next Eddie Murphy. So far Eddie's the only #1 breakout black SNL star (SNL has always had black stars, but he was the only one to break out like tha).
Also, this clearly puts Jay into the second MVP spot for Featured Players. I think it currently stands...
(1) Nasim Pedrad - only because she's had a full season on Jay and has a few characters(like Bedelia) in addition to impressions like Kim Kardashian.
(2) Jay Pharoah - perfect Will Smith and Denzel Washington.
(3) Vanessa Bayer - perfect Miley Cyrus.
(4) Taran Killam - nothing yet, but he's filling in Will Forte's roles as the every-man. Taran needs a reason to come back next season. I'm a little disappointed that he hasn't headlined anything yet, but we'll see.
(5) Paul Brittain - nothing that would bring him back next season.
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Jay is featured with the other new SNL members in Entertainment Weekly. Enjoy!