Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' announcer, dies at 96

Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' announcer, dies at 96

TUCSON, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Longtime "Saturday Night Live" announcer Don Pardo died Monday night in his Tucson, Arizona home. He was 96.
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John Barrowman to host ABC's 'Sing Your Face Off'

John Barrowman to host ABC's 'Sing Your Face Off'

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- John Barrowman is to serve as host and Darrell Hammond and Debbie Gibson as judges on the U.S. competition series "Sing Your Face Off," EW.com said.

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Darrell Hammond says he was abused as child

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and comedian Darrell Hammond says he was brutally and systematically abused by his mother as a child.
SNL's Darrell Hammond recounts lost days

SNL's Darrell Hammond recounts lost days

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Comedian Darrell Hammond confesses in a new book he was heavily into drugs and alcohol during his days in New York with NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

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Report: Obama may skip 'SNL'

Report: Obama may skip 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Barack Obama's scheduled appearance on the season premiere of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" might be called on account of bad weather in Texas, Politico said.

Starbucks to sell 'SNL' DVD

SEATTLE, July 16 (UPI) -- Starbucks Entertainment and NBC Universal Television are working together on their first business venture -- the DVD, "Saturday Night Live: The Best of '06/'07.

'SNL' reveals cast cuts

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The official cast list for the new season of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is missing five familiar faces.

Sanz tops likely 'SNL' departures

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz and Kenan Thompson are rumored to be the "Saturday Night Live" cast members let go by the New York comedy program, E! Online says.

Muslim comedians bash racism with jokes

CHICAGO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Chicago comedian Azhar Usman, an American Muslim, has taken his act on the road in an attempt to bash stereotypes while making audiences laugh.

Stars line up for Twain Prize gala

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Paul Simon are to appear at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize ceremony for Lorne Michaels, organizers said Thursday.

Stars line up for DGA Honors

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorcese and Mike Nichols head the list of presenters for the upcoming Directors Guild of America Honors, the DGA has announced.
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Darrell Hammond
Darrell Hammond poses for pictures at the premiere of "New York Minute" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on May 4, 2004. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Darrell Hammond (born October 8, 1955) is an American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist. He was a regular on Saturday Night Live (SNL) from 1995 until 2009, the longest tenure of any cast member. Upon his departure, Hammond, at age 53, was the oldest cast member in the show's history. Hammond has made more SNL appearances than any other cast member and has impersonated more than 107 celebrities (with former President Bill Clinton as his most frequent impression). As of January 16, 2010, he has appeared on the show six times since leaving the cast.

Hammond was born in Melbourne, Florida. He graduated from Melbourne High School in 1973 where he was a star athlete who lettered in both football and baseball. Darrell was a high school baseball teammate of Bruce Bochy, manager and recent World Series winner for the San Francisco Giants. He then attended Brevard Community College and the University of Florida where he majored in broadcasting. After completing college, Hammond moved to New York City where he lived for several years before joining the cast of SNL.

In the late 1980s, Hammond worked briefly as a stand-up comedian on Premier Cruise Line ships. One evening while the boat was docked in the Bahamas, Hammond visited a restaurant, where he consumed the equivalent of 16 shots of rum. He claimed that a man repeatedly pestered him throughout the evening to take a dollar bill with trace amounts of cocaine on it. When the comedian left the bar to use the restroom, the man followed him into the stall and told him, "I think you should take this with you." Believing he was about to be mugged, he relented, and the man placed the bill inside Hammond's pocket. Local police were waiting outside the restroom and quickly arrested him. The US Drug Enforcement Administration later told Hammond that the episode had been a setup, and that local authorities regularly entrapped American tourists; he spent a weekend in a crude jail cell, and was assigned a "barefoot" attorney. Hammond was released after his father traveled to the Bahamas and paid $5000 for his son's release.

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