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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