Jay Pharoah Aims to Get ‘White Famous’ in Upcoming Showtime Series

By Sameer Rao Aug 12, 2016

For those who are still sad about Jay Pharoah’s sudden departure from "Saturday Night Live," ("SNL") here’s some good news: the master impersonator will soon star in a new Showtime comedy show.

Entertainment Weekly reported yesterday (August 11) that the master impersonator, like fellow "SNL" departee Taran Killam, scored a pilot deal with Showtime. Entitled "White Famous," the half-hour show focuses on comedian "Floyd Mooney" (played by Pharoah) who tries to maintain credibility while pursuing household name (or "White famous") status. Jamie Foxx ("Ray"), Tom Kapinos ("Californication") and pilot director Tim Story "Barbershop") will all co-executive produce.

Showtime president and CEO David Nevins confirmed during a Television Critics Association panel yesterday that both Pharoah and Killam were released from their "SNL" contracts. He said that while they discussed their commitments with Showtime beforehand, "our schedule got easier when they ended up being released from the show."