Jay Pharoah's Stephen A. Smith impression has been quite the hit around the internet. The SNL funnyman (who's only 24 believe it or not) has been able to capture Smith's obnoxious loudness and coziness with superstars perfectly. Stephen A. gets lost in the shuffle alongside Skip Bayless on First Take, but make no mistake - he's just as draining on your soul. Even Stephen A. has to appreciate the following video though - if there's one thing he understands, it's satire!
Pharoah's impersonation of Screamin' A. isn't his only entry into the sports world though. On this weekend's SNL, Pharoah reprised his SAS character and took on former Giants DE Michael Strahan's new role as Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live with Kelly & Michael. (Wow, that felt weird typing.) Pharoah's Stephen A. impression is the stronger of the two, but there's something about hearing him do Strahan's laugh that gets me every time. All in all, it's great to see SNL have someone able to take on some of the major characters in the sports world. Now if we can follow through on that parody of Skip Bayless, there would be no need for anyone to watch First Take. Ever. Both clips after the jump.
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@awfulannouncing my goodness that's so mean. It's awful how SNL has to bring talented people down to be "funny".
@awfulannouncing Bummer there weren't more sports fans in crowd. Didn't get live laughs but Pharaoh's impression was spot-on