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“SNL” Star Darrell Hammond Talks About Alcohol and Drug Use

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Though people like Tina Fey and Will Ferrell are best known from “Saturday Night Live” over the last 15 years, Darrell Hammond is without a doubt the most talented performer “SNL” has probably ever had.  Best known for his impersonations of people like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Dick Cheney and Sean Connery, Hammond was not all laughs behind the scenes.  In his upcoming biography God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked, Hammond reveals secrets about alcohol and drug abuse during his run on “SNL”, such as keeping a pint of Remy in his desk,

“The drinking calmed my nerves and quieted the disturbing images that sprang into my head … when drinking didn’t work, I cut myself.”

Hammond’s abuse became so bad in 1998 that he was removed from the NBC infirmary and taken to New York Hospital in a straitjacket.  When his wife came to the hospital to see him, Hammond did not recognize her.  3 years later, Hammond started abusing cocaine.  In 2009, during his 14th season on the show, Hammond entered rehab for the second time, but this time for crack.

After kicking his addictions, Hammond received rave reviews for the one-man play “Tru”, but performances needed to be cut short after Hammond was injured in a car wreck.  After recovering from the wreck, Hammond has returned to the stage as well as working with his friend Will Ferrell’s website FunnyOrDie.com.

Darrell Hammond’s book, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked, is set to be released November 8th from HarperCollins.

via New York Post

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