It’s official: Former Saturday Night Live player Darrell Hammond will step into the post vacated by Don Pardo when the revered announcer died this August at the age of 96.
When the news broke I thought, “What a lovely way to keep it all in the family.” Immediately after, I thought,“‘Doesn’t Hammond have anything better to do than come back as a super-senior?” (According to IMDB, he does not.) Finally, I thought, “Even if he does have other responsibilities, for, like, 21 nights out of the year, all he has to do is run in and shout a few lines. It’s not exactly a time commitment.”
Hammond, 58, was SNL’s longest-tenured star, spending 14 seasons at NBC’s Studio 8H from 1995 to 2009. A master of mimicry, he played few characters but did 107 impressions, led by his flawless Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin and Sean Connery, who famously sparred with Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek in Jeopardy! segments. - USA Today
Today’s announcement is likely the most Darrell Hammond news any of us will hear for years unless he starts delivering the show’s famous opening, “Live from New York…,” in different celebrity voices.