Saturday Night Live has a history of comedians and drug abuse. John Belushi and Chris Farley didn’t make it but Darrell Hammond, best known for his political impressions of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, as well as the foul-mouthed Trebek-hating Sean Connery on Celebrity Jeopardy, managed to overcome his addictions. He is recounting tales of drug use and cutting in his new memoir God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked.
“I’d started adding an obscene amount of cocaine to my binges … I had to be creative about how I did it without other people catching on or letting it interfere with the work. At least too much,” he says in an excerpt given to Page Six.
Hammond also recalls keeping a pint of Remy at his desk; being taken in 1998 from the NBC infirmary to New York Hospital in a straitjacket, and spending time at a crack house in Harlem. Described by the publisher as “Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun,” the depressing stories should at least have a humorous edge.
The book is out Nov. 8.
For those who want to watch more old Celebrity Jeopardy clips, the ones on YouTube are a nostalgia trip in more ways than one. Pretty much every one is a Rick Roll trap so I’d recommend Hulu.