As we reported this morning, Lorne Michaels announced that Darrell Hammond will replace the late Don Pardo as announcer on Saturday Night Live. Before he passed away, howeover, Don Pardo recorded a video last year for the TV Legends archives, in which he talked about one of the times that Darrell Hammond replaced him when Pardo came down with a touch of laryngitis.
“Darrell Hammond did it,” Pardo said. “And he did such a job that … my sister-in-law called up the following Sunday morning … and said, ‘You were going back to your acting days. You sounded terrific!'”
Pardo eventually confessed to his sister-in-law that it wasn’t him, and that it was Hammond, and that he “did quite a job!”
In related news, it’s bittersweet to hear Don Pardo’s voice again. I hate that, for practically the first time in 40 years, it won’t be his voice that we hear introducing the cast a week from Saturday.
via USA Today