Listen to Looch: 'Cracked Up' is Darrell Hammond's story of survival

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Mary Lucia talks about 'Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story' (Mary Lucia; Luke Taylor | MPR)

Talk about random. I was just cruising through Netflix and I found this documentary called Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story. If you need a quick refresher, Darrell Hammond is an actor, comedian and impressionist who was the longest-serving cast member on Saturday Night Live until Kenan Thompson ascended to that title.

Darrell Hammond was known for his impressions of people like Bill Clinton and Sean Connery. He was a man of so many voices — and it just goes to show what you don't know about someone. Cracked Up is an incredible story about Hammond's childhood and trauma. And the fact that he was as high performing as he was, in some ways, makes a lot of sense. In fact, he was a shapeshifter; Whoopi Goldberg calls him a shapeshifter because I think, as people and children of trauma, there's almost a need to create someone else to deal with certain things, which is kind of what he did through some of the characters. But this film is so much deeper than that. I won't tell you everything. A lot of it is very heartbreaking. He truly got through it with humor, and talent, but also there's so many visible scars.

Cracked Up is directed by Michelle Esrick and it's available for streaming on Netflix.

Official Trailer

External Links

Cracked Up - official film site

Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story - Netflix

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    Actor, comedian, impressionist and 'Saturday Night Live' veteran, Darrell Hammond. (courtesy Ripple Effect Films)
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    Darrell Hammond with Whoopi Goldberg - from the documentary 'Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story.' (Ripple Effect Films)
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    Darrell Hammond with Dr. Nabil Kotbi, who Hammond attributes with having saved his life by properly diagnosing him with childhood trauma. From the documentary film Cracked Up. (Ripple Effect Films)
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    Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story (Ripple Effect Films / Abramorama)