While it may have been big news for certain social circles, the death of 39-season show announcer Don Pardo managed to escape the newscasts of big media. Nevertheless, it wasn’t the most glamorous job, nor the most taxing. Only a few nights a month for half the year, Saturday Night Live’s announcer had what most people in show business would call the easiest job in the world. That’s why it’s probably best to give it to someone who has a lot more on his mind than the show itself.
Darrell Hammond hasn’t had the most prolific career since his SNL tenure. A Scary Movie here, an Epic Movie there, an entrapment case in the Bahamas and a whole lot of self-hatred, Hammond’s abusive childhood and bipolar-infused, self-described cutting habits have no doubt left a stain on his ability to get a solid job. It’s certainly not due to his acting ability, we all know that. This is a guy who convincingly pulled off such impersonations as Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Sean Connery, after all, but it’s no surprise that the former Saturday Night Live actor probably needs a simple job to pay his mental health bills.