Jay Pharoah On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

Jay Pharoah On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, stand-up comedian, and impressionist:


Here’s what they got into on this one:

  • Jay’s mom never hesitating to let people know she’s from “do or die” Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
  • Oakland being the Brooklyn of the West Coast and “Black Panther” paying homage
  • Will Smith, Talib, and Obama making an audio narration for their lengthy books
  • A back and forth between Will Smith and Kanye West about Talib
  • Discussing a parent’s responsibility of keeping their kids humble
  • Why social media comment sections aren’t compatible with people like Talib
  • Utilizing his Jay-Z voice in the bedroom and getting a request for Richard Pryor
  • His first impression being that of Gilbert Gottfried’s Iago from “Disney’s Aladdin
  • Taking inspiration from Jay’s own Principal Frye for regular sketches on SNL
  • How Jay feels about people who refuse to date others based on their zodiac sign
  • Getting his Ludacris CD swiped after his father heard “The Game Got Switched”
  • Doing an impression battle between Cassidy and Lloyd Banks to prove who would win
  • 50 Cent shows up with some choice words about Kanye, his kids, and Terrence Howard
  • Having suicidal thoughts at age 17 due to his obesity and how he shed the weight
  • Jay-Z makes an appearance and tells the world how he knew he was going to be the man
  • Subscribing to William Gillette’s notion of “the illusion of the first time”
  • How hanging out at Eddie Murphy’s house is like being at Dave & Buster’s
  • Getting props from Charlie Murphy for his Cam’ron and Dipset impersonations
  • Living in the heart of Harlem during his first year on SNL
  • Jim Jones’ gripes over Gucci not supplying him and his crew sparkling water
  • The “Returns & Exchanges” SNL sketch with his Denzel impersonation on full display
  • Meeting Denzel for the first time since the legendary sketch went viral
  • Fred The Godson’s unique style and Jay getting to work with him before he passed
  • Jay and Affion Crockett often being compared to each other
  • The making of the “Chocolate Droppa’s Listening Party” SNL sketch with Kevin Hart
  • Jay bringing up the idea of a Barack Obama subconscious sketch to SNL
  • Being a leading voice for bringing Black women onto the cast of SNL
  • Jay’s sitcom “White Famous” and why it was cancelled after one season
  • The film “2 Minutes Of Fame” and how Jay connected with his character
  • Sharpening his acting chops working with director Steven Soderbergh on “Unsane”
  • Reflecting on being profiled and hemmed by the LAPD while he was jogging
  • What’s next for Jay

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