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La Jolla Playhouse presents The Darrell Hammond Project, Written and performed by Darrell Hammond, Additional Material by Elizabeth Stein and Christopher Ashley, Directed by Christopher Ashley

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A World-Premiere Play

The Darrell Hammond Project

January 31 - March 8, 2015

Written and Performed by Darrell Hammond
Additional Material by Elizabeth Stein and Christopher Ashley
Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley

THE DARK SIDE OF FUNNY

Comedian Darrell Hammond is best known for his spot-on impressions of celebrities such as Bill Clinton on “Saturday Night Live.” Now he tells the story of the harrowing events that gave birth to his brilliant talent. Join Darrell on “the detective story of his own life” as he delves into the trauma and tenacity that made him a beloved entertainer. Full of raw emotion, humor and plenty of the impressions that made him famous, The Darrell Hammond Project is the story of how a brilliant star rose from the darkest corners of human experience.

Contains strong language, mature themes and adult situations.






Learn more about Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond is one of the most prolific comedians of his time. For years, Hammond has brought to life a cavalcade of politicians, media figures, celebrities and newsmakers on television, most notably as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He holds the title for being the longest running cast member on the show, as well as for the most impressions by a single Saturday Night Live cast member and for the most times saying the show’s catch phrase, “Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!” Every one of his impressions is applauded by television critics and viewers alike for their accuracy and range. They include: Bill Clinton, Regis Philbin, Dan Rather, John Travolta, Jesse Jackson, Richard Dreyfus, Jay Leno, Donald Trump and Sean Connery in the ever-popular “Celebrity Jeopardy” skits.

Although it was a dream come true for Hammond to be a regular on Saturday Night Live, one of his biggest honors came at the nation’s capital at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. During a surprise appearance with President Bill Clinton, Hammond received a standing ovation and was widely praised by the media for his dead-on impression of the President before a great number of government officials and members of the Washington Press Corps. He also gave Comedy Central huge ratings performing in his own half-hour special, Comedy Central Presents: Darrell Hammond.

In addition to his Saturday Night Live appearances, Hammond has been seen in a number of feature films, television shows and on Broadway. A truly versatile actor, Hammond has displayed his talents in both dramatic and comedic roles. Some of his feature films include: Buzzkill, Netherbeast, Weiners, Scary Movie 3 and 5, New York Minute, Nature Calls and Epic Movie. He also starred with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in The Devil and Daniel Webster. On television, he received tremendous reviews for his portrayal of a deranged but intense criminal defense lawyer in Law & Order: SVU and has guest starred in the FX drama Damages and Law & Order: CI. He also had a recurring role on the popular TV series Are We There Yet? and is one of the celebrity judges in the new ABC talent show Sing Your Face Off. Hammond has been a frequent guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Howard Stern Show and appears in several of the popular Funny or Die episodes on the internet.

Hammond made his Broadway debut playing the role of Vice Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and in the summer of 2011, he starred in Bay Street Theatre’s Tru as Truman Capote. Hammond is also a New York Times bestselling author. His book, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F**cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, bravely chronicles his personal journey through trauma and addiction into recovery. Still a favorite on the comedy circuit, Hammond performs in New York and throughout the country, boasting a number of brilliant impressions in his act that keep people laughing nationwide.


5 Reasons to Love Darrell Hammond, the New Voice of SNL
» Read more in IFC

Darrell Hammond Does Clinton
» Read more in The Daily Beast

Darrell Hammond with Bill Clinton at the 1997 White House Correspondents' Dinner
» Watch on YouTube




Design Credits for The Darrell Hammond Project

Scenic Design Robert Brill
Costume Design David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Design David Weiner
Sound Design Chris Luessmann
Projection Design John Narun

Reviews of The Darrell Hammond Project

'Darrell Hammond' traces SNL star's painful path to laughter
» LA Times

Darrell Hammond Show Funny Til It Hurts
» UT San Diego

Darrell Hammond Wrestles with Demons
» San Diego City Beat

Review: The Darrell Hammond Project
» Variety


Press for The Darrell Hammond Project

Darrell Hammond Solo Stage Show to Premiere in San Diego
» Variety

The Darrell Hammond Project, One-Man Show About "SNL" Star, Will Play La Jolla Playhouse
» Playbill

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre is the third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Potiker theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

"A box within a box, within a box," the theatre is a glass-enclosed black cube that gives the Playhouse performance options; the seating and the stage can be placed wherever the director wishes, enhancing the performer-audience relationship. The performance area – complete with removable seats to allow for as few as two audience members and as many as 450 – has a mostly-removable performance floor with trap doors that lead down to a labyrinth of facilities and backstage areas for casts and crews, including a sound and recording studio which allows live music to be channeled into the theatre. Above the audience's heads sits a wire tension grid; there is also a balcony along the theatre's outer wall for extra seating or performance space.

The Potiker Theatre is a flexible space; therefore seating configurations change for each show.

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Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Friday, February 6 starting at 6:00 pm

Join us for Foodie Fridays! Mastiff Sausage Company and Green Truck will provide delicious eats. Plus, enjoy a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Foodie Friday

Friday, February 27 starting at 6:00 pm

Join us for Foodie Fridays! Tacos La Mezcla will provide delicious eats. Plus, enjoy a complimentary microbrew tasting!

ACCESS Performances

Open Captioning Performance

Open Captioned Performance

Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 pm

This performance has added open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

ASL Interpreted Performance

Friday, March 6 at 8:00 pm

This performance has added American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 



Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, February 10 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, February 17 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, March 1 after the 2:00 pm performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, February 25 at 6:45 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, March 7 at 1:15 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.