It’s ideal that most Saturday Night Live alums find their way into Hollywood, but Jay Pharoah is moving faster than his peers. Since news of the comedian’s firing on Tuesday (Aug. 9), Showtime has announced Pharoah will star in a new comedy executively produced by Jamie Foxx.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the pilot for White Famous was announced during press tours for the Television Critics Association on Thursday (Aug. 11). The series will star the impressionist and sometimes rapper as Floyd Mooney, an African-American funnyman who tries to hold onto to his roots while achieving mainstream success. Foxx came up with the idea and Tim Story (Barbershop) wrote the pilot.
Showtime president/CEO David Nevins said scheduling for the show was conducted with Pharoah and was easier to solidify once “they ended up being released from the show.” “They” also means Taram Killam, who will also be starring in another Showtime comedy titled, Mating.
Pharoah has been quiet on his departure from SNL but showed some love to his former castmates on Wednesday (Aug. 10).
Pharoah was on SNL for six seasons, creating hilarious characters like Principal Frye and impersonating Jay Z, President Barack Obama, Katt Williams, Shaquille O’Neal and Will Smith.