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Comic Jay Pharoah lets the laughs go through thick and thin
Sept. 29 show at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 12:56 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Comic Jay Pharoah plays McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on Sept. 29.

People need to laugh now more than ever.

Jay Pharoah heads to McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on Sept. 29 at 9:30 p.m. Among the headliners for the 2018 Queen City Comedy Experience, which runs Sept. 27-30, Pharoah brings a buffet of laughter to Charlotte.

Known not only for his ability to deliver spot-on impressions of celebrities and political figures from Denzel Washington to former President Barack Obama, audiences can expect to see Pharoah’s infamous skill, but that is not all.

“You can expect getting an update on everything I have been going through, everything that has been going on, definitely some pop culture references, some impressions mixed in there, family stories. Everything,” Pharoah said. “I give you the full breakfast buffet menu.”

Pharoah’s work includes playing the protagonist Floyd Mooney on Showtime’s “White Famous,” six seasons with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” and “#TWOMINUTESOFFAME” where he plays the lead Deandre.

“Everything is moving,” Pharoah said. “I’m on tour working, and still doing the movies. I love it all. I can’t say which one is my favorite. I like entertaining. Definitely love acting, and I love taking people’s minds off of their problems, whether it is through the screen, on the stage, or wherever it is. As long as I can make people feel better about themselves, I have done my job.”

Pharoah’s arrival takes place in the wake of Hurricane Florence, and while comedians cannot control Mother Nature, they can make you laugh.

“Come out, laugh, have a good time,” he said prior to the storm striking the North Carolina coast. “Forget about the fact that you bought two years’ worth of water, and now you are trying to figure out other places in your house to put it because you ain’t have enough space in the first place to take it all up in there. Now you gotta drink it, and now your pee gonna be nice and clear because you’re hydrated, and you’re drinking all the water. Now you’re stuck with it.

“You’ve got a fallout shelter. You ain’t never had a fallout shelter in your life, but you’ve got one now for the hurricane. Come out. We ain’t worried about that tonight. You’re going to come out, have a good time. You got fresh water. If you don’t have fresh water, we’ll try to heat some up for you.”

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