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SNL comic Jay Pharoah headlines UTSA Roadrunner Days Aug. 29


SNL comic Jay Pharoah

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(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



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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