(Aug. 27, 2012) -- "Saturday Night Live" comic Jay Pharoah will headline UTSA Roadrunner Days this year. He will appear onstage for one performance at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus -- free to the UTSA community. The event is part of Roadrunner Days, a series of events that kick off the new academic year.
UTSA students will receive priority seating for the performance. With some mature material, audience discretion is advised for the comedy event.
Pharoah is known most for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions including Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Kanye West. Pharoah became an Internet phenomenon when his impersonation of President Barack Obama became widely seen on YouTube.
He debuted on "Saturday Night Live" on Sept. 25, 2010. As of August 2012, at age 24, he is the youngest member of the cast. According to the SNL website, Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age training in local comedy clubs. Pharoah went on to tour in the United States, Montreal and the U.K., and participated in the sketch comedy series, "Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy." He can be seen soon alongside Greta Gerwig, Bill Pullman and Debra Winger in Fox Searchlight's upcoming feature "Lola Versus."
Along with the rest of the men in the SNL cast, Pharoah appeared in People magazine's Sexist Man issue in 2011. Originally from Virginia, Pharoah now lives in New York City. His birthday is Oct. 14.
Roadrunner Days is the official UTSA kickoff for the new academic year and the time to welcome new and returning students with a variety of free, fun and spirited events. First-time freshmen are expected to attend Aug. 24-31 events with the Fall Convocation and College Orientations being mandatory. Students are encouraged to participate in events throughout the week as a way to make new friends and become more familiar with the UTSA experience
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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