Darrell Hammond

Active - 1995 - 2015  |   Born - Oct 8, 1955 in Melbourne, Florida, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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With a barrage of spot-on celebrity impressions to keep audiences laughing, Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond has memorably harassed Alex Trebek (or at least Will Ferrell doing an easily angered caricature of Trebek) and skewered former president Bill Clinton on the late-night television staple with equal aplomb.

Finely tuning his impressions from the time of his childhood in Melbourne, FL, Hammond decided to pursue his niche after graduating from the University of Florida at Gainesville. Following his schooling Hammond relocated to New York to appear in off-Broadway plays, though he would soon return to Florida to sharpen his comedy skills in radio. After joining the SNL cast in September of 1995, Hammond also turned up on television in 3rd Rock From the Sun and performed stand-up for Comedy Central's Premium Blend. The versatile comic also followed the lead of numerous SNL cast members before him in shooting for the big screen in such efforts as Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) and with voice work in The King and I (1999). In 2006 he played a small supporting role in Ira & Abby, an offbeat romantic comedy following a neurotic thirtysomething who decides to make some major changes to his life after being dumped by both his girlfriend and his therapist. The following year he appeared in Epic Movie, and starred as a serial murderer known as the Kareoke Killer in the 2010 black comedy Buzzkill.

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  • Inherited his knack for impressions from his mother, who he claims is even better than he is.
  • Supplied E.T.'s voice for Universal Studios Florida.
  • Spotted by Saturday Night Live talent scouts in 1995; went through five auditions before joining the cast.
  • Entertained at President Bush's inauguration gala in Washington, D.C., in January 2005.
  • Performed on Saturday Night Live for 14 seasons, making him the longest-running cast member in the show's history.