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What Actor Jay Pharoah Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked actor and comedian Jay Pharoah — whose new film 2 Minutes of Fame is streaming now — about the cereal, album, and face mask he can’t live without.

I’ve been eating Cap’n Crunch for 29 years. At least from the age of 3 on, I’ve been an avid Cap’n Crunch eater. I love the Cap’n. It’s just something about peanut butter and milk and a little bit of sugar. You can’t get better than that. It’s so delicious and such a delight. I look forward to it. I might pour some nice almond milk in there. I used to pour normal milk, before I knew I was lactose intolerant. But now that I got that nice almond milk in there it’s like sitting on the beach and enjoying yourself with a nice bowl of Cap’n Crunch.

I really don’t buy into the whole iPhone craze. I like my green bubbles and I don’t care who has a problem and gets offended by that, because green is a great color. Think about the color green: money, trees, grass, life. Thank you. Okay — I actually do have an iPhone, I just don’t have service hooked up to it and I’m not going to do that.

Essence is a special alkaline water with a pH of 10. it’s literally the cleanest-tasting water I have ever put in my system. It comes in a bottle with a purple label. Gotta love purple, right? Prince! It tastes good and they sell it at Whole Foods. It’s way better than Essentia — it’s like Essentia’s hotter cousin. Essentia is a good homemaker, but it ain’t necessarily a dime piece.

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My parents never let me buy any rap albums. When I was growing up, I had to sneak-listen to all that stuff. I had two very Christian parents, and you know, Ludacris, he don’t got Christian lyrics. When I first heard that album, it was the spring of eighth grade. I had a burned version from my sister; I put the CD in my PlayStation (because that’s how I used to play music), and then my dad came in the room. The song that was playing was “Game Got Switched.” My dad took the CD as soon as he heard the chorus. He opened my PlayStation, picked up the CD, and put it in his room thinking I would never listen to it again. But I’m what they call a sneak. So what I did was, I switched the burned CD with a CD that had nothing on it, and I played that Ludacris CD every time he left the house. My favorite song on that album has to be “Southern Hospitality.” That was really dope, and I’m from the South, so I can relate to everything that he was talking about. But there are some honorable mentions on there. There’s one called “Phat Rabbit.” That’s a real fun one. I didn’t know what a phat rabbit was at the time, but when I learned, oh boy.

I was a Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball fan back when the show was on Fox and it used to play at six o’clock in the morning — they would play two episodes back-to-back. I would get up early in the morning to watch, and I was so captivated by Goku and the way he was and what he stood for. Goku is representative of somebody who is put in a different environment but learns how to thrive in it and become a good person, and he was always the voice of reason in every scenario. I think that’s why I fell in love with the series so much, because of the morals and the code and the values that they try to push to young kids besides “AHHHHHH.” So anything Dragon Ball related, I’ve got it. I have a Dragon Ball Z shirt and I even have this Dragon Ball face mask. I got Vegeta and Goku on my face mask. People have asked me where I got it from and I have gladly ordered more so I can hand them out, because I want to push this Dragon Ball rhetoric to the end, baby.