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Watch: Jay Pharoah Imitate Stephen A. Smith on SNL

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

SNL’s resident impressionist took a stab at the polarizing ESPN writer/personality in the season finale.

Watch: Jay Pharoah Imitate Stephen A. Smith on SNL

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Last Saturday's season finale of "Saturday Night Live" was about three things: host Mick Jagger and the cavalcade of cameos that would be made on the show, Jagger's musical performances with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and Jeff Beck, and most importantly sending off veteran Kristen Wiig (and presumably Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg) off in the most fitting way possible.  They accomplished all three, including a very touching final sketch for Wiig and the entire cast.  That didn't leave a lot of room for much else, though.

Which is why one fantastic skit that would have been in the Weekend Update segment got swept under the rug.  I'm a little late posting this (it did happen Saturday, after all) but it's too good not to put up.  Jay Pharoah, resident under-utilized impressionist extraordinaire, does a slew of hilarious impressions.  Over the weekend, he pulled out one of ESPN analyst/personality Stephen A. Smith that was spot on an ridiculous.  Here's the video of Stephen A. discussing the Miami Heat:

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It's always tough to do an impression that not everyone might be able familiar with.  But his performance was bombastic enough (like the real Stephen A.) that it caught on with the crowd.  It's a shame that this got cut from the live show, but it made a good web extra.  

Also, via With Leather, here's a video of Stephen A. reacting to the video and trying to convince everyone that he has more style than his SNL counterpoint (even though they basically are wearing identical suits):

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At least Smith has a sense of humor about his incredulous broadcasting style.

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