“I’m known for impressions and family stories,” Pharoah told us Tuesday night. He wouldn’t say much about his future roles on “SNL,” but admitted he’s good at celebrities. Which ones? Again, not talking, but Pharoah does a dead-on Will Smith, Denzel Washington and … President Obama.
Which leads to the inevitable question: Will Pharoah replace Fred Armisen as “SNL’s” commander in chief? The veteran cast member has gotten plenty of heat about his Obama impression for (a) not being African American and (b) not being very funny.
Pharoah wasn’t going anywhere near the Internet rumors saying he’s the POTUS-playing heir apparent. “I just got here,” he demurred. “I’m just trying to fit in. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”