Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond at the Brea Improv
Actor/comedian Darrell Hammond fondly recalls his first taste of show business at age five practicing the impressions of his family members on the porch of their home in Melbourne Florida. It wasn’t many years later when Darrell realized he wanted to submerse himself in the pursuit of bringing his comedy and impressions to a much bigger stage.
For seven years now, Hammond has brought to life a cavalcade of politicians, media figures, celebrities and news makers on television as a Saturday Night Live cast member. Darrell is known for being one of the most prolific comedians of his time. He frequently tours comedy clubs and theaters boasting a number of brilliant impressions in his act that keep people laughing nationwide. Hammond has brought a great number of wonderful impressions to SNL over the years. Each and every one of his impressions have been applauded by television critics and viewers alike, for their accuracy and range. In fact, Darrell’s impression of Al Gore was so powerful that it was said the former Vice President studied Darrell’s gestures in preparation for the Presidential debates. Amongst the great number of other people he has mimicked include; Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Regis Philbin, Dan Rather, John Travolta, Jesse Jackson, Richard Dreyfus, Jay Leno and Ted Koppel.
Darrell is currently scheduled to display a small handful of his famous comedic characters on this year’s telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards on FOX. In addition to appearing in sketches, Hammond has been seen in a number of feature films and television shows. As a truly versatile actor Darrell has displayed his talents in both dramatic and comedic roles. Most recently, he has finished shooting the Screen Gems feature Weiners and the Regency feature Bob Bailey’s Disco Balls. He has also starred opposite Mary Kay and Ashley Olsen in Warner Bros’ New York Minute and in the Dimension feature Scary Movie 3. He shared the screen with Frankie Muniz and Hillary Duff in MGM’s Agent Cody Banks. Darrell also starred with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in El Dorado Picture’s The Devil And Daniel Webster. He received tremendous reviews last year appearing as a deranged but intense criminal defense lawyer in Dick Wolf’s Law And Order: SVU. Additionally, he did a guest spot on NBC’s Third Rock From The Sun. His other film credits include an appearance in Universal’s Blues Brothers 2000 which also starred Dan Akroyd, and Disney’s Celtic Pride. In 1999 he moved audiences everywhere by playing the voice of Master Little in Disney’s animated hit The King And I.
A Native of Florida, Darrell began doing his impressions and comedy early on in life, but his real pursuit of a career in performing began after graduating from the University of Florida at Gainesville. After college, Hammond spent several years in New York appearing in many off-broadway productions and honing his stand up at the local comedy clubs. With his acerbic wit and masterful impressions Darrell quickly became a favorite on the comedy circuit. He would also frequently display his comedic styles performing on a wide array of local and national radio stations. Although it has been a dream come true for Darrell to be a regular on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, one of Hammond’s biggest honors came at our nation’s capital in April 1997. During a surprise appearance with President Bill Clinton, Hammond was widely praised by the media for his dead-on impression of the President at an event before a great number of government officials and members of the Washington Press Corps. In an equally impressive fete at 2001’s White House Correspondents Dinner, Darrell received a standing ovation for his performance in front of 2000 press people and President George W. Bush. Darrell continues to move audiences with his comedy, performing in New York and throughout the entire country.
Most recently Darrell gave Comedy Central its biggest ratings to date for a ½ hour comedy special performing in his own Comedy Central Presents: Darrell Hammond. Darrell also appears frequently on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman”, and NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”, and “Late Night With Conan O’brien”. As an actor he continually looks for new challenging roles to expand his talents in Film and Television. Hammond is a proud resident of the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan.