Sometimes we use our headlines to tease you and you have to read the whole story to find out what we’re talking about, but not here, not now. Because this is about exactly what we said: SNL’s Jay Pharoah told us during the Very VH1 Spreecast yesterday that he did his spot-on Jay-Z impersonation while getting it on. This may have been our favorite Spreecast moment ever.
What will we do about Syria? How can we prevent another government shut down? Will Blue Ivy get a little brother or sister soon? OK, maybe Jay Pharoah won’t be able to answer for Hov and the president for real, but that won’t stop us from asking him when the Saturday Night Live star stops by our Very VH1 Spreecast today at 1 pm ET. Watch in the player above and click on the comment icon in the upper right corner to join in live!
We want to know SNL will be like without Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader this year. And which of the new kids is getting hazed the most? Who is he most looking forward to spoofing? But you probably have even better questions. We’re counting on you!
As promised last week, Jay Pharoah made his debut as the new Barack Obama on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. His version of the president, which he’d been practicing on the road this summer, replaced Fred Armisen’s familiar impression. It was a pretty funny cold open, in which Obama told voters that his secret campaign weapon was actually his opponent, Mitt Romney, who can’t help but put his foot in his mouth. But we’re not sure if we’re sold on Pharoah entirely — we get that it seems important to have a black man portray our first black president, but this skit lacked the same ease of Pharoah’s other impressions. His Will Smith, for instance, never ceases to crack us up. Maybe it’ll just take more practice for him to erase the memory of Armisen’s “Obama Plays It Cool” ad…
While we’re on the fence, maybe you’ve made up your mind. Tell us!
The creator and producer of Saturday Night Life, Lorne Michaels, has confirmed that the show has got itself a new Barack Obama character. Jay Pharoah, who has been featured on the show two years running, is going to be portraying Obama, taking over from Fred Armisen. Armisen has played the Obama role since 2008 (from the election onwards.) Michaels explains the decision, saying, “Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own. I just thought it might be time to shake it up.” A previous criticism of Armisen’s character was an obvious one — that the African-American president was not being played by an African-American actor on the show. The new season begins on September 25 and Pharoah is now a full-fledged member of the cast. His impersonations of Obama have already gone viral on the internet, so we know he’s going to be re in the role. SNL’s had some pretty memorable political character sketchs so far — George Bush by Will Ferrell, Bill Clinton by Phil Hartman and Hillary Clinton by Amy Poehler and Sarah Palin by Tina Fey. Can Pharoah elevate the character to those ranks? Here’s hoping!