Jay Pharoah makes it look easy. America’s foremost impressionist, known for displaying his chameleon-like mimicry and sharp comic reflexes on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, is bringing his stable of voices to Houston for a weekend run at Houston Improv.
The gifted stand-up, who recently announced he was leaving the landmark comedy shop after six seasons, has been compared favorably to a young Eddie Murphy and Fresh Prince-era Will Smith; he also does killer impressions of both. Since 2012 Pharoah has portrayed President Barack Obama on SNL, taking over for departing Portlandia star Fred Armisen.
Pharoah’s other pitch-perfect voices include “Hotline Bling” rapper Drake, sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, film legend Samuel L. Jackson and famed Kim Jong Un buddy Dennis Rodman. In his stand-up, expect Pharoah to bust a number of these trademark personas, along with his wry takes on entertainment and pop culture. With SNL now in the rear-view mirror, you’d better catch Pharoah’s face while you can.
If you feel like escaping The Heights at Harper’s Preserve Apartments in Conroe, Texas for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that!
Saturday, August 20, 2016—9:30 PM
7620 Katy Freeway, Space 455
Houston, Texas 77024