Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jay Pharoah's Thanksgiving Songs on Weekend Update (SNL)

Jay Pharoah performs some Thankgiving rap songs as Jay-Z, Drake and Notorious BIG.

Jay Pharoah knocks it out of the park once again!

I think Jay's got the right idea... knock one skit out of the park in every episode. We haven't heard songs like this since Adam Sandler and Jimmy Fallon (and this is very different).

This was Jay's only skit last Saturday night, but it really doesn't matter. He just needs to get one big one each week, and appearing on Weekend Update like this works very well.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jay Pharoah is Nick Cannon in MTV Pregnancy Shows (SNL)

MTV, the network that brought you '16 and Pregnant', has a new maternity-inspired lineup of shows.

So Jay busts out another impression... Nick Cannon. A good impression, but not overly amusing.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jay Pharoah is Kanye West on Weekend Update (SNL)

The former president and rapper let bygones be bygones.

Jay's got a nice Kanye impression, and he got the crowd over with the singing and attitude a bit. Not super impressive, but it was definitely enjoyable.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Jay Pharoah is Denzel Washington in the "Unstoppable" Trailer (SNL)

Denzel Washington and Chris Pine work through an age difference to thwart a speeding train the size of the Chrysler Building.

Hahahaha. So in Jay's fifth episode, he continues the pattern of leading a skit every other episode. He also delivers the best skit of the night in this fake trailer. He also brings back his Denzel Washington impression in a different way. I'm still waiting to see his Eddie Murphy being put to better use than the Back to the Future DVD skit from last episode. Plus his Obama. Plus he needs some original characters. But headlining the best skit of the night really makes him look good and helps cement my belief that they'll make him regular next season, which hasn't been done (going regular after only one season) since Bill, Andy, and Kristen did it after their first season in 05-06.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Denzel Washington Does Jay Pharoah's Denzel Washington Impression

"Saturday Night Live’s" new cast member Jay Pharoah does an impeccable Denzel Washington. He did a sketch about Washington working retail as research for a part, and Pharoah totally captured Washington’s sound, his cadence, his laugh. Washington heard about that a lot as he spoke to reporters about his new movie, Unstoppable.

The thing is, when I asked him if he heard the impression, he kind of started doing the impression back to me. He’s in a press conference with costars Rosario Dawson and Tony Scott. From the opening laughter to the way he turns the question around on me and tries to prod me, that’s exactly how Pharoah played it.

Take a listen to an audio clip of Washington sounding very much like the "SNL" version of Denzel Washington.

Audio only (radio show):

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As you can imagine, Jay was glad to see this.

Overall, the people are giving Denzel a lot of credit for a very brief and off reference to the impression Jay did (and Denzel played on it briefly, because his friends told him the very basics that it was about him questioning everything). So it wasn't as big of a deal as I expected, but it was still a good sign of Denzel willing to laugh at it and poke fun at himself, even when he hasn't seen it.

This is a little typical of older actors. When Bill Cosby was looking to fill the movie role of Fat Albert, his crew recommended Kenan Thompson, stating that he did a Bill Cosby impression on SNL. And Bill's response was, "Was he good?" They said yes, and then he got Kenan down for the audition (and of course he snagged the role).

So I guess if Denzel ever wants to do a time traveling movie and needs someone to play a younger version of himself, then he knows who to call. =^)


Monday, November 1, 2010

Jay Pharoah's amazing Eddie Murphy in "Back To The Future DVD" (SNL)

Commercial - Back To The Future 25th Anniversary DVD

Jon Hamm ... Robin Williams
Paul Brittain ... director (voice)
Bill Hader ... Al Pacino
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... Sam Kinison
Jay Pharoah ... Eddie Murphy
Kristen Wiig ... Jennifer Tilly

Okay so the video clip isn't available by itself, but you can watch it in the full episode at 18 minutes:

If it wasn't for Jon Hamm's amazing Robin Williams impression, Jay's Murphy would have stolen the show here. It was spot on, but it could have used more jokes (which is what Hamm's Williams does so well).

Eddie Murphy has also been portrayed by Chris Rock (04.10.1993) and Tim Meadows (05.10.1997 in "Eddie Murphy, Good Samaritan"). Both only did the impression once, so it wasn't overly successful. I'm hoping that Jay can lead a skit with this impression (or show him off better on Weekend Update like he did with his Will Smith).

As far as these impressions go, Jon Hamm takes the cake. Here's how I'd rank them...

1. Jon Hamm ... Robin Williams
2. Jay Pharoah ... Eddie Murphy
3. Kristen Wiig ... Jennifer Tilly
4. Bill Hader ... Al Pacino
5. Bobby Moynihan ... Sam Kinison

Don't get me wrong, Bill also did great. But you've got to do more than nail the voice and mannerisms. You've got to make the performance funny, and Jon and Jay did that the best. And Kristen was amazing and hilarious (but it was only one joke, really).


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