Over the years, Jamie Foxx and Jay Pharoah have both proven their knack for impersonation and have built their respective careers off that rare skill. On Wednesday (Sept. 28), Foxx and Pharoah — who will co-star in the Showtime comedy series White Famous — visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show where they were challenged to an impersonation game and for each impression they performed, Cheerios would donate $1,000 to hurricane relief efforts.
For the first round, the comedians were tasked with portraying Beyonce and Barack Obama at a nude beach. Naturally, Pharoah took on the role of Obama, an impersonation he debuted on SNL in 2012 and perfected throughout his nearly six-year stint at the late night show, which ended in 2016. Pharoah begins his impression, uttering the “uh’s” Obama’s been known to say during past speeches.
“I’ve been uh, I’ve been observing uhh… I’ve been observing that booty for a long time. I would tell you JAY-Z is very lucky but you can’t say no to the presidential package,” he joked. Foxx attempted to play Beyonce and replied, “Stop” in a soft, seductive voice.
The next celebrities DeGeneres selected were Ryan Seacrest and Pharrell Williams. Foxx starts beatboxing as Pharoah performs his best impression of Williams and raps about seeing ghosts and Frankenstein.
Later on in the clip, Foxx impersonates Oprah as Pharoah acts as JAY-Z, another impersonation the comedian is known for. The “Blame It” singer reenacts Oprah’s 2004 “You get a car” moment where she gave each audience member a Pontiac G6. “Everybody gets cookies, everybody gets cookies,” Foxx said as he pretended to sell Girl Scout cookies. Pharoah, in a calm, chilled-out manner a la Hov plugs the rapper’s latest album 4:44 and follows up with Jay’s famous laugh.
Watch Foxx and Pharoahs’ Ellen appearance below.