Although Jay Pharaoh has appeared on Saturday Night Live and top-lined his own show on Showtime, White Famous, he remains best known for his spot on celebrity impressions which captures not only the vocal qualities of a person, but also the various facial tics and body movements as well.

Vanity Fair recently got Pharaoh to try his hand at capturing the likenesses of people like Kanye West, Will Smith, JAY-Z, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker, and more. But rather than long and drawn out performances, each is quick and to the point, and rightfully hilarious.

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Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.