Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story

2018 | USA | NR | 94 min.


State TheatreSat, Aug 4 12:00 PM Buy Tickets  
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:94 min.
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Michelle Esrick
Produced by:David Becker
Michelle Esrick
Editing By:Mark Juergens
Adam Yaffe


You probably know Darrell Hammond as Saturday Night Live’s man of impeccable impressions. From Bill Clinton to Donald Trump to a raunchy Sean Connery, Hammond’s seemingly limitless range of impersonations made him SNL’s go-to opener for a record 14 seasons. What you probably don’t know is that his facility for mimicry was honed from a very young age to distract and defend against his horribly abusive mother. Cracked Up is an incredibly courageous and intimate portrait of a man coming to terms with the lasting effects of his childhood trauma. Even at the peak of his SNL career, Hammond’s mental health was rapidly deteriorating. Thankfully, as compassionately captured by director Michelle Esrick (Saint Misbehavin’, TCFF 2009), one doctor is able to isolate the key to unlocking Hammond’s past, ultimately leading him toward a path of redemption. This is a special "work in progress" screening exclusive to the Traverse City Film Festival. Be the first to see the film and provide valuable feedback to the filmmakers. IN PERSON: Director Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond.