Arts & Entertainment

Jay Pharoah

On his debut Australian tour, Saturday Night Live alumni, stand-up comedian, actor, rapper and impressionist Jay Pharoah will be heading to Sydney’s Factory Theatre as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival. Bringing his brand new show with him, Jay Pharoah’s stand-up performances are set to take the comedy festival by storm. After six huge seasons as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live, Jay has mastered his celebrity impressions, and in 2015, he was honoured by Rolling Stone Magazine as the 55th greatest Saturday Night Live cast member in the history of the show.

“I try to find what really makes me laugh uncontrollably – whether it’s a noise, a current event, or just me freestyle writing whatever comes to mind,” Jay said when talking about his creative process. He went on to say, “then I try to build the punchlines around the premise of the joke.”

With this tour marking his first visit to Australia, Jay filled us in on his main objective when checking the country out, saying, “I’m going to see some wildlife, National Geographic ain’t enough for me.”

With his shows featuring impressions of Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Kanye West, Drake, Nicolas Cage, Stewie Griffin and endless others, Jay’s Sydney Comedy Festival live-show will be electric. 

“Just expect to have one of the best times at a show you’ve experienced and I’ll take it from there,” said the comedian. 

 May 16-17. Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville. $54.90+b.f. Tickets & Info:


By Madison Behringer

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