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Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond is one of the most prolific comedians of his time. For years now, Hammond has brought to life a cavalcade of politicians, media figures, celebrities and newsmakers on television. Every one of his impressions are applauded by television critics and viewers alike, for their accuracy and range. They include: Bill Clinton, Regis Philbin, Dan Rather, John Travolta, Jesse Jackson, Richard Dreyfus, Jay Leno, Donald Trump and Sean Connery in the ever-popular "Celebrity Jeopardy" skits.

He holds the title for being the longest running cast member on Saturday Night Live, for the most impressions by a single SNL cast member, and for the most times saying the show's catch phrase "Live From New York, It's Saturday Night!"

He has performed for presidents, and received a standing ovation at the WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT'S DINNER. Darrell also gave Comedy Central its biggest ratings to date for a half- hour comedy special performing in his own COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS: DARRELL HAMMOND.

In addition to his SNL appearances, Hammond has been seen in a number of feature films, television shows, and on Broadway. A truly versatile actor, Darrell has displayed his talents in both dramatic and comedic roles. Some of his feature films include: BUZZKILL, NETHERBEAST, WEINERS, SCARY MOVIE 3, NEW YORK MINUTE and EPIC MOVIE. Darrell also starred with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER. On television, he received tremendous reviews for his portrayal of a deranged but intense criminal defense lawyer in LAW AND ORDER: SVU, and has guest starred in the FX drama DAMAGES and on LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. He also had a recurring role on the popular TV series ARE WE THERE YET?

Darrell is still a favorite on the comedy circuit, performing in New York and throughout the country. He appears frequently on "LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN", "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO," "LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN" and "THE HOWARD STERN SHOW." He continues to make cameo appearances on SNL, and appears in several of the popular FUNNY OR DIE episodes on the internet.

He made his Broadway debut playing the role of Vice Principal Douglas Panch in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and in the summer of 2011, Darrell starred in Bay Street Theatre's "TRU".

Darrell is also a New York Times bestselling author. His book, "God If You're Not Up There, I'm F***ed: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem" bravely chronicles his personal journey through trauma and addiction into recovery, and is being adapted into a Broadway play.