Here is Jay Pharoah's debut interview appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbQ4CoxiGrY.
Please watch this- it's very revealing: Jay revealed he was hired via someone from the show seeing a video of his comedy club performances. Just like Eddie Murphy in 1981. He was asked to send in 2 separate video auditions. Jay was not part of any comedy troupes like the Citizens Brigade, The Groundlings or Second City and others. This is the first timein a long time that Lorne has chosen this route. This may meanLorneand theproducers are going to wider perimeters to find comedic performers who are somewhat near the fringe, yet are very talented,to join thecast and play on SNL. This seems to me that this method is as pretty close to like either trying to come with a reality show in which the final winner becomes a cast member like Lorne and NBC was considering a few years ago; and also somewhat similiar tohaving a repeat of the contest to have a normal, civilian non-acting person somewhere picked as winner to host the show like Miskel Spillman in 1977. TRANSLATION: Odds have slightly risen that a unknown common man or woman somewhere out there with amazing comedy skills to send in auditions like hundreds if not thousands have done over the show's history, but Lorne & other producers 99.99% of the time have discarded without eving taking a glimpse.