NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond is to return as the sketch comedy show's new announcer, NBC announced Thursday.
Hammond will take over the role from the late Don Pardo, who died last month at the age of 96. Pardo announced SNL's title, host, musical guest and cast members after the opening "Live from New York...." for 39 seasons.
Hammond is to begin his new gig when the show's 40th season premieres Sept. 27, with guest host Chris Pratt and musical act Ariana Grande.
"As a cast member for 14 seasons, Hammond appeared on SNL longer than any other cast member in the show's history," NBC said in a news release. "During his time at the show, Hammond was lauded for his memorable impressions including President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Donald Trump, Sen. John McCain, Sir Sean Connery and Regis Philbin. In addition to his work on SNL, Hammond is a New York Times bestselling writer, stand-up comedian and stage and television actor."