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Darrell Hammond of 'SNL' fame writes about drug problems

Posted by: Vince Tuss under Television Updated: October 25, 2011 - 6:15 PM

 

It's almost a sterotype, a bad joke ripe for lampooning: "Saturday Night Live" star with a drug and drinking problem. But sad to say, there isn't a lot of funny in Darrell Hammond's revelations. They come in his new book, which has a title that will cause a problem for coverage in family newspapers: "God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F---ed,”

Hammond, shown above as John McCain on "SNL," writes about:
 
* Keeping a pint of Remy Martin cognac in his desk, and when that didn't do the trick, started cutting himself.
 
* Leaving NBC in 1998 in a straitjacket and being taken to the hospital. ""My wife came but I didn't recognize her," he wrote.
 
* Taking up cocaine in 2002, which led him "to be creative about how I did it without other people catching on or letting it interfere with the work. At least too much." Which has to be a lot at "SNL."
 
* Going to rehab in 2009, then relapsing after discovering crack and spending time in crack houses.
 
 
 
Above is Hammond speaking about his childhood abuse and the resulting treatment, cutting, drinking and drug use -- as well as his trouble playing McCain. It's some powerful stuff. Here is E Online's write-up as well as the New York Post's. I'm sure this won't be the last we hear of Hammond's tale as the Nov. 8 release of his book approaches. 
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