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Feb. 15, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

UPB presents SNL comic Jay Pharoah

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jay Pharoah, the popular comedian from NBC's "Saturday Night Live," will visit Slippery Rock University at 7 p.m., Feb. 24 as part of a University Program Board program.

Pharoah's show is in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

At 15, Jared Antonio Farrow, now known as "Jay Pharoah," began performing stand-up comedy in comedy clubs in community theaters in his Virginia hometown of Virginia. He has toured with many other comedians, including Corey Holcomb and Charlie Murphy.

Pharoah is known for his many impressions of celebrities such as Andre 3000, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Jay-Z, Denzel Washington, Kat Williams, Eddie Murphy, Kanye West and others.

He is best recognized for his impersonation of Barack Obama, which has been widely watched on YouTube and helped launch his career.

When he joined "SNL" in 2010 as a featured cast member for the 36th season of the late-night TV show he was the youngest member of the cast at the age of 25. His "Saturday Night Live" debut was Sept. 5.

A TV Guide critic called him the "breakout player" for that season of SNL, citing his "seemingly effortless impersonations."

Last June, he appeared in the independent film released by Fox Searchlight Pictures titled "Lola Versus."

Admission is free for SRU students; $5 for the general public.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.