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Darrell Hammond details drinking, smoking crack at 'SNL'



tbd-darrellhammond102511.jpgIt sounds like Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond used to do a heck of a lot more than a great Bill Clinton impersonation. In his new book he discusses how he drank, did coke and crack and was taken from NBC "in a straitjacket. Believe it or not, it wasn't the stress of doing show after awful show every week.

"I kept a pint of Remy in my desk at work," Hammond says, saying he was trying to forget a traumatic childhood, the New York Post notes. "The drinking calmed my nerves and quieted the disturbing images that sprang into my head ... when drinking didn't work, I cut myself." He said he was taken from the network to New York Hospital in 1998. "My wife came but I didn't recognize her,” he writes in God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked, out Nov. 8.

The drug problem got really big in 2002: "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 then went to rehab, but relapsed in 2009. "I had the brilliant idea I should try crack," he writes about spending time in a Harlem crack house.

Lately Darrell has been getting work at after his one-man play Tru was cut short in the Hamptons following a car accident that initially kept him from even walking. but he's in good spirits, sending SNL copies of his book. "I don't have anything bad to say about anyone there," he said. "They all really went above and beyond the call for me."

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