The Top Five Saturday Night Live Musician Impressions
In the wake of the recent news that feted comedian/actor/YouTube sensation Jay Pharoah - above, known for his spoofs of A-list bait like Drake, Chris Tucker, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, and President Obama - will join the cast of Saturday Night Live when its 36th season premieres September 25th, Rocks Off thought it'd be fun to take a look back at the late-night stalwart's best musician impersonations.
See here for Rocks Off's recent list of SNL's strangest musical moments. The worst musician impressions - a list topped by Kristin Wiig's cringe-inducing Bjork would top that particular list - will have to wait for another time.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Given Saturday Night Live's penchant for recycling material, it's shocking that the program's current creative brain trust hasn't resurrected Carvey's rant about his ass- "You can't hide from it! It's a force to be reckoned with! Accept it before it destroys you!" - for a send-up of Kim Kardashian or J.Lo. (Watch your, er, backside, Nicki Minaj.)
Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra in "The Sinatra Group"
January 19, 1991
In this MacLaughlin Group parody, Hartman's take on Sinatra was pitch-perfect - brusque, charming, crude, coiffed - even though the sketch didn't call on him to croon a single note. That's not to slight the other players and their impersonations (Chris Rock as an inarticulate Luther Campbell, Sting as a snarling Billy Idol) who helped elevate what could have been a dud to classic-skit cult status.