Author(s): Darrell Hammond
From his harrowing childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his parents to a lifetime of alcoholism and self-mutilation, psychiatric hospitalizations and misdiagnoses to the peak of fame and success as the longest-tenured cast member of "Saturday Night Live", Darryl Hammond delves into the darkest corners of his life both in front of and behind the camera with brutal honesty and a fierce comic wit. On the back of his hilarious dead-on impressions of Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Chris Matthews, and a hundred other prominent figures, Hammond was invited to the inner sanctums of the country's political leaders, including three presidents, all the while suffering debilitating and largely undiagnosed anguish that resulted in horrifying flashbacks, shocking benders, a hair-raising stint in a Bahamian jail, and ultimately a long, dark night in a Harlem crack house. His long fight for sobriety, filled with heartbreaking relapses, was propelled by a desire to do right by his young daughter and to set the record straight about how he fell so low while achieving such heights.
Throughout, Hammond dishes on fellow cast members and celebrity guest hosts, and lays bare the real inner workings of an iconic television show.
"Hammond's moving memoir contains surprising detours. . . . [His] breezy style and facile storytelling will keep readers entertained even while reading about his struggle with alcoholism. . . . This funny man's serious life can be an inspiration to all."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Darrell Hammond is an award-winning actor and comedian, and was a regular on Saturday Night Live for a record-setting fourteen seasons, from 1995 to 2009, where he earned a reputation as a master of celebrity voices and impressions. During his long run, he became famous for his acclaimed send-ups of President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Senator John McCain, among nearly 100 other figures. He lives in New York, where he continues to perform new material at the Comedy Cellar, a little too far for his tastes from his daughter Mia, who lives in Florida with her mother.