Pharoah started performing in comedy clubs as a teen, developing feelings of stars including Barack Obama and Jay-Z. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2010, in the age of 22. He debuted his opinion of Barack Obama to the show in the year 2012.
Pharoah took an early interest in performing. As a kid, he developed several impersonations, after moving to standup comedy. He’s said that his first impersonation was of Iago, a character in the Disney movie Aladdin initially expressed by comic Gilbert Gottfried.
Pharoah performed in comedy in clubs around Virginia as a teen. Pharoah honed his celebrity beliefs, including Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and Jay Z during this interval.
Although he perfected his impersonations along with his successful nightclub act, he got his breakthrough performance through social networking. A video of his opinion of Barack Obama was posted on YouTube and became an Internet sensation throughout the 2008 presidential campaign. Pharoah later recorded an audition reel that brought his act to the eye of casting directors and producers, including Lorne Michaels.
The circulation of Pharoah’s Obama video opened doors for the young comic in the entertainment industry. In 2010, he appeared in a series of sections on BET.
A couple of years after, he appeared as Barack Obama for the very first time, inheriting the place from seasoned cast member Fred Armisen.
Another character, Daniel Frye, was expressly according to his high school principal. Pharoah requested his real principal, James Frye, for consent to impersonate him about the show. He notified the Indian River High School community of the character’s introduction via Twitter.
Along with his television career, Pharoah has appeared in a number of feature films. He played a modest part in the 2012 independent film Lola Versus, starring Greta Gerwig. In 2013, he filmed Ride Along, a Tim Story film starring Ice Cube and John Leguizamo. The film is scheduled for release in January 2014.