"This is an incredible journey for Jay Pharoah," Foxx said. "It's sort of like an undercurrent for African American comedians. That how do you -- how do you do your act, me coming from the comedy act theater. I never went to Sunset boulevard [in Los Angeles] until it was actually time to audition for In Living Color. I did all my jokes in the hood, in Crenshaw."
"And then, you know, that step of being OK now I'm mainstream, white famous," he continued. "We took that incredible idea of showing Jay, using some of the stories that I've gone through, to where it's this guy trying to hold on to where he started. But then opening up to that mainstream and what you have to give up, you know?"
Foxx continued on, giving a tease from the premiere episode's first scene.
"This is what I told Jay. I said, 'Jay, you never want to meet your heroes. So if Jamie Foxx is your hero and you come into his trailer, you should be like, What is going on with this dude?'" Foxx explained. "There's always been the thing [for comedians] of like, should you wear a dress? Like me wearing a dress when I played Wanda, Martin, all of the great comics that have done it, but ... some come at you like, 'Yo, man. You had to wear dress, you had to sell out.' So [you see] me in the pilot episode trying to see if [Jay] will compromise and wear the dress. Every comedian out there ... they're going to understand what that is. And we're showing the world what it really is."