Jay Pharoah just became a Ready for Premium Cable Player.
The actor and stand-up comedian, who recently exited Saturday Night Live ahead of Season 42, has nabbed the lead in Showtime’s comedy pilot White Famous.
The half-hour potential series will be executive-produced by Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Tom Kapinos (Californication). Kapinos also will serve as showrunner.
The project, which is based on an idea from Foxx, follows a gifted black comedian who struggles with how to stay true to himself and keep his credibility as he approaches “white famous” levels of celebrity.
If the pilot goes to series, Foxx will guest-star in a recurring role.