Watch Jay Pharoah Be a Dog and Kanye at the Same Time

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Aug. 29 2013 3:56 PM

Watch Jay Pharoah Be a Dog and Kanye at the Same Time

Jay Pharoah, the SNL cast member who specializes in celebrity impressions, has chosen Kanye West as his next target for parody. Pharoah’s “I Am a Dog” video riffs on choice Yeezus cut “I Am a God” while also paying visual homage to the abrasive, black-and-white assault of Kanye’s “Black Skinhead” video.

Besides the “Black Skinhead” visuals (which also heavily involve a growling, Cerberus-like bulldog), Pharoah’s take is an irreverent response to Kanye’s often grating self-seriousness. That said, the comedian’s real strength isn’t playing Kanye, but playing a dog: from the slo-mo mailman chase, to the droopy eye, to the Jokeresque head-loll out a car window, Pharoah’s got the canine life down pat.

Sharan Shetty is a writer for Brow Beat. You can follow him on Twitter

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