Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story

2018 | USA | NR | 94 min.


Milliken at the Dennos Museum Fri, Aug 3, 2018 9:00 PM
State Theatre Sat, Aug 4, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:94 min.
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 then-record 14 seasons.  What you probably don’t know is that Darrell was suffering behind closed doors with debilitating flashbacks that could only be quelled by self injury. Darrell was misdiagnosed for over 40 years with mental illnesses and put on a long list of soul numbing drugs. After an attempted suicide, Darrell was finally brought to the doctor who would finally give him the proper diagnosis he had been longing for. Thankfully, as compassionately captured by director Michelle Esrick (Saint Misbehavin’, TCFF 2009), this doctor was able to isolate the key to unlocking Hammond’s past, which put him on a path of real healing. Cracked Up is an incredibly courageous and intimate portrait of a man learning to heal from the long term effects of childhood trauma, with wisdom, heart and making us laugh along the way! This is a special “work in progress” screening exclusive to the Traverse City Film Festival. Come be the first to see this powerful film. IN PERSON: Director Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond.