'SNL' Alum Darrell Hammond Opens Up About Substance Abuse

In his new tell-all book, the comedian admits to using cocaine, drinking excessively and cutting himself

Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond is best known for his pitch-perfect impressions -- but a lot of his off-screen life was far from funny.

The master impressionist, who played everyone from President Bill Clinton and Donald Trump to Sean Connery and Al Gore, reveals in his new memoir that he was routinely drunk and high while working on the legendary sketch-comedy series.

In his tell-all book, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F**ked, which is available on Nov. 8, the 56-year-old actor opens up about his years of substance abuse, including regular cocaine use, drunkenness and even cutting, the New York Post reports.

"I kept a pint of Remy in my desk at work," he writes. "The drinking calmed my nerves and quieted the disturbing images that sprang into my head ... when drinking didn't work, I cut myself."

Hammond says he drank and did drugs to escape traumatic childhood memories, all while being the longest-running player on SNL, with a record 14 seasons.

In 1998, four years into his tenure at the show, Hammond was in such an altered state that the police were called to escort him from NBC's headquarters to New York Hospital. He was taken out wearing a straitjacket.

"My wife came, but I didn't recognize her," he recalls.

Despite his disturbing off-screen struggles -- which include a relapse that found him in a Harlem crack house -- Hammond remains positive about the cast and crew of Lorne Michaels' series.

"I don’t have anything bad to say about anyone there," said Hammond, who left the show in 2009. "They all really went above and beyond the call for me."

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