Returning for his third season on "Saturday Night Live," Darrell Hammond is best known for the many impressions he has brought to the show. While on hiatus from SNL" last summer, Darrell completed a national comedy tour and shot a supporting roll in Universals "Blues Brothers 2000," which was released February 6, 1998. Darrell will also be heard as the voice of "Little Master" in the animated version of Rogers and Hammersteins, "The King and I."
Throughout his first two seasons on "SNL," Hammonds impressions were applauded by television critics and viewers alike for their accuracy and range, from Bill Clinton, Ted Koppel and Jesse Jackson, to Richard Dreyfuss, Jay Leno and Phil Donahue. In April 1997, Hammond was praised by the media for his dead-on impression of President Clinton during a surprise appearance with the president at an event before several thousand government officials and members of the Washington Press Corps.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Florida, Hammond began doing impressions as a child, but his pursuit of a career in performing only began after graduating from the University of Florida at Gainsville. After college, Hammond lived in New York for several years and appeared in off- and off-off-Broadway productions, in both dramatic and comedic roles. Later he returned to Florida and honed his skills as an impressionist performing on local and national radio programs.
For the last several years, Hammond has been performing stand-up comedy and impressions in New York and throughout the country. On television, Hammond has appeared on NBCs "Late Night with Conan OBrien," "Late Show with David Letterman," MTV, Showtime, Comedy Central, VHI and A&Es "Comedy on the Road."
Hammond is a proud resident of the Hells Kitchen area of Manhattan.