Saturday Night Live cast member comes to FAU

It’s live on Friday Night! Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah is coming to FAU.

Pharoah, who joined the SNL cast in 2010 and is known for impersonating celebrities like Denzel Washington and Jay-Z, will be performing at FAU’s Boca campus, in the Student Union’s Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on Friday, Aug. 24 at 9:00 p.m.

According to Lexi Rosario, director of Program Board, this is the second time they have tried to bring Pharoah to FAU.

“We actually tried to book him last year, but since he’s on Saturday Night Live, the show keeps him really busy,” Rosario said. “But with a little luck and good timing, we finally got him.”

According to his website, Pharoah has performed stand-up on BET’s One Mic Stand and was part of a sketch comedy show called Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy. On SNL, Pharoah has worked alongside SNL veterans like Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.

When Luis Martinez heard Pharoah was performing, the sophomore and information systems management major couldn’t have been more pumped. “I’ve seen a couple of his impersonations on YouTube, and I thought he was hilarious,” he said. “I’m really excited to see him here.”

Pharoah’s performance marks the first comedy show Program Board is putting on this fall. After their first show, they hope to keep putting on comedy shows on the third Thursday of every month.

And it looks like Program Board has already started to plan ahead. Rosario mentioned the homecoming comedy show is already starting to come together, but wants to keep the guest comedian a surprise until then.

And while they don’t have anyone booked just yet, Media Chair Annie Blanc says they hope to get a Hispanic comedian next for Hispanic Heritage month.

“We don’t have anyone set in stone,” she said.

Rosario hopes students come to this event not only because it’s funny, but because it’s a way for students to relax after a hectic few days. “It’s a great experience, and a good way to destress after your first week of classes,” she said.

“I heard about the comedy show on Friday, and it sounds like fun,” Katarina Rodriguez, an undecided major sophomore said. Rodriguez has attended other comedy shows Program Board has put on. “The other ones were fun,” she said. “So I’m sure this one will be too.”

The show starts at 9 p.m., and it’s free for students and the public.

For more info visit Program Board’s event page.