Darrell Hammond Steps Up as New ‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer

By September 18, 2014

Just yesterday, we learned that “Saturday Night Live” veteran Bill Hader would return to Studio 8H as host on October 11th. But he won’t be the only former cast member returning to the sketch comedy series this season.

NBC has announced that former “SNL” cast member Darrell Hammond will return to the show as the new announcer following the death of the show’s longtime announcer Don Pardo, who had been with the series since the beginning.

This won’t be the first time Hammond has taken on announcing duties since he’s filled in for Pardo occasionally when Pardo had laryngitis or simply wasn’t available. It was never announced, and because Hammond was so good at impersonating his voice, very few people ever noticed. In fact, Pardo himself gave Hammond his compliments on the times he did fill in for him:

Hammond is better known as a veteran cast member from “SNL” used most prominently in topical political sketches as President Bill Clinton and his Vice President Al Gore, who would later go on to run for the office of POTUS as well. He also holds a special record on the show, because he was a cast member on “SNL” longer than anyone else in the show’s 40 year history.

Other signature impressions included Donald Trump, Senator John McCain and of course his frequently quoted appearances as Sean Connery on Celebrity Jeopardy:


It’s not clear if Hammond will do his Pardo impression when he takes over the announcer position to introduce the cast, host, and musical guest this season, or if he will use a different voice altogether. Either way, it’s nice to have someone who the audience is already familiar with stepping up to the plate. Hammond will make his debut as announcer on the 40th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” with host Chris Pratt on September 27th.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.