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Darrell Hammond’s many impressions that he has brought to Saturday Night Live are applauded by television critics and viewers alike for their accuracy and range. He has portrayed Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Bob Costas, Rodney Dangerfield, Phil Donahue, Sam Donaldson, Hugh Downs, Richard Dreyfus, Dennis Franz, Frank Gifford, Newt Gingrich, Jesse Helms, Jesse Jackson, Ted Koppel, Jay Leno, Jon Lovitz, Jack Nicholson, Jack Perkins, Dan Rather, Marge Schott, Robert Stack, Billy Bob Thornton, John Travolta, fictional Seinfeld character “George Costanza,” and even Santa Claus. When he’s not doing impressions, Hammond will occasionally appear in sketches. He has played the recurring roles of both Joe Blow’s father on “The Local News” and a prankster who pops up from time to time on different Spanish television shows.
In 1996, Hammond appeared as Chris McCarthy in the comedy Celtic Pride, a movie which co-starred original SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd and former SNL featured player Damon Wayons.
In April, 1997, Hammond was applauded in the media for his dead-on impression of President Clinton during a surprise appearance with the President himself at an event before several thousand government officials and members of the Washington Press Corps.
Hammond made a cameo appearance in the SNL spin-off movie Blues Brothers 2000, sequel to the Blues Brothers. The movie, which starred Aykroyd and eight-time SNL host John Goodman, also featured former SNL featured player Paul Shaffer. Hammond also had a bit part in the Austin Powers sequel.
For the last several years, Hammond has been performing stand-up comedy and impressions in New York and throughout the country. His television appearances include Access Hollywood, The Daily Show, Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, Later, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Loveline (KROQ Radio), Showbiz Today, Vibe TV, and The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. He has also performed on Showtime, VH-1, and A&E’s Comedy on the Road.
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