First-year featured SNL cast member Jay Pharoah is best known for his impressions, if that hasn't been obvious to viewers already. Upon his arrival, many debated whether he would take the Obama impersonation mantle from Fred Armisen. Watch! Should he?

First, a little Will Smith. Obama comes at :50. The pitch is curiously a little high. It differs from Armisen's impersonation, and takes a second to get used to.


One impression that hits the ground running is Pharoah's Eddie Murphy, seen here.