Jay Pharoah is the Most Under-utilized Cast Member in SNL History
It was just announced last week that Jay Pharoah will not be back for the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live. I sincerely hope it's because he's going to become a huge movie or TV star. He's crazy talented and I think he was never given the chance to reach his full potential in his five years as a Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Player.
Since his first year on SNL back in 2010, I've been saying that Jay Pharoah is way, way, waaaay under-used. They finally started using his smack-dab-on Barack Obama impersonation and his goofy, cross-eyed Shaq impersonation, while good for a chuckle, was far down the list of his greatest celebrity impersonations.
He's been called "The Rich Little of 2 Chainz Impersonations". In this video Jay Pharoah is asked to improvise as series of characters and situations. His effortless mimicry is evident. It's a shame we didn't see more of these on SNL but, hopefully, we'll be seeing a lot more of Jay Pharoah. The sooner the better.