Jamie Foxx Has A Cracking Kanye Story And An Impression To Go With It

You probably know Jamie Foxx first and foremost as an actor, singer and songwriter, but did you know he's actually a pretty good celebrity impersonator?

Well, as long as that celebrity is Kanye West.

Foxx had guests, host and audience alike in stitches on The Graham Norton Show as he regaled them all with the story of the first time he met the superstar rapper and producer, accompanied by a pretty bang-on impression of him for comic effect.

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In the story, Foxx recalls when he first laid eyes on 'Ye at a party that he was throwing for 'musical people so that he could try to get on a record'.

"Jay Z was there and Pharrell... I was throwing this party for Puff and this kid walks in with a backpack on and his jaw's busted... I said 'who's that?' and they said 'that's Kanye West'," said Foxx.

"I said 'What he do?' and they said he raps and he produces for Jay Z."

According to Foxx, one requirement that attendees of his parties have to fulfil is that he has to see them perform, and Kanye was no different.

"He killed with this freestyle, it was amazing. I said 'wow, boy, you gonna be famous'."

It's at this point that Jamie Foxx laid down the funniest Kanye West impression we think we've ever heard, much to the amusement of everybody in the studio.

Jamie's talent for impressions didn't end there either. The actor also told a story about pop star Ed Sheeran.

Turns out Sheeran kipped on Jamie's sofa for six weeks in LA whilst trying to break into the industry.

Jamie brought Sheeran back to his house and heard him play - unsurprisingly, he was impressed.

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"[He's] incredible, and I'm like, 'I know you've got nowhere to go but I'm like chill here'. I'm giving him food. My daughter was like 'who do you have over here now?' cus I'd always have people over.

"I said 'I think you've got the goods but I need to check you out', so I took him down to this show that I was doing, a live night, every Monday in LA. There was like 800 black people. All black. Just like the best musicians and everyone was black," Jamie explained.

"There was this big dude and he was rapping and he was sweating and he was black. Then there was this girl and she got up and she was singing and she was black.

"Then all of a sudden, I'm like 'here's Ed Sheeran,' and he pops out with his little red hair and ukulele. One of my homies - who's this incredible guitarist but he's true to the music - says to me 'yo Foxx come on man. What are you doing to the room?'.

"He (Sheeran) went out with this ukulele and got a standing ovation from the entire room and the rest was history."

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