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Foxx is Foxx, but Pharoah is… also Foxx?


White Famous, a new comedy show starring Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live), is loosely based on Jamie Foxx’s film career and looks to be a likely depressing satire of the careers of black actors and comedians in Hollywood.

Pharoah plays Floyd Mooney, a stand-up comedian doing well on a small scale, looking to get onto the big screen. When his agent Malcolm (Utkarsh Ambudkar) sets him up with a director who wants to put Floyd in a film with Jamie Foxx… which requires him to wear a dress, everything goes downhill from there. Look out for abundant awkward political incorrectness, inadvertent racism and sloppy ignorance.

In addition, Floyd is a father to son Trevor, and clearly head over heels for his beautiful ex Sadie, who seems somewhat on the fence about being in a relationship with Floyd, but ultimately has his best interest at heart (is it just me or is this starting to sound like another new comedy I reviewed recently? See “Marlon“).

After another teeth-grindingly awkward encounter with a film director, a very strange visit to Jamie Foxx’s on-set trailer who encourages Floyd to embrace the dress, and some advice from an old limo driver, Floyd undertakes the role in the film alongside Foxx.

Even though it’s supposedly a comedy, I can see that White Famous wants to be taken seriously with or without the politics. This is great and could make the show very interesting.

I didn’t find it hugely funny, not yet anyway, but I can see the potential. Regardless, my impression of Jamie Foxx still stands. He is one weird man.

White Famous: Season One
Release Date
15 October 2017
S01E01 “Pilot”