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Watch SNL's Jay Pharoah impersonate Stephen A. Smith [Video]

February 18, 2013|By Dan Loumena

There is nothing like listening to Stephen A. Smith drop names, places and other various references to his many friends in the sporting world when he's on ESPN's First Take morning program or breaking down the NBA on various other broadcasts.

A lot of people don't like his shtick, but let's face it, most of the big-time personalities on sports television mimic talk radio these days: the louder and more emphatic you say it, the better.

You don't have to be right. Or wrong. Just passionate.

Well, Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live has been impersonating Smith for a while, and on this weekend's episode Pharoah did his best Stephen A. impersonation as he broke down the Lakers' problems at the All-Star break.

Even better, ESPN showed Smith the video of Pharoah's impersonation. While doing so, they had an inset on the screen of Smith shaking his head, covering his face and generally not wanting to watch it.

Not that Pharoah looks much like Smith or even mimics his voice that well. But he has Smith down to an art when it comes to dropping names and places.


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