Impressionist Movement

Jay Pharoah started on Saturday Night Live as the one of the youngest cast members and four seasons in he’s hit his stride. The stand-up and comic impressionist swings through the Valley on Friday.

The Chesapeake, Virginia, native started his performer life in school and community theater productions but it was ultimately his stand-up career, which he kicked off at the age of 15, that got him to the bright lights of 30 Rock. In pre-SNL YouTube videos of Pharoah rocking impressions ranging from Denzel and Will Smith to Christopher Walken and DMX, it’s easy to see the charisma and versatility that would later turn heads. We’re looking forward to Pharoah’s on-point Obama impersonation to lead the parade of characters.

Jay Pharoah will appear at 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. February 7 at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Road, and through Sunday. Tickets are $22 each, and more information can be found at

Fri., Feb. 7, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 8, 7 & 10:15 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 2014
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Jose Gonzalez