A raw, poignant, and often hilarious look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic icon.
From his harrowing childhood filled with abuse to a lifetime of addiction and psychiatric hospitalizations, to the peak of success as the longest-tenured cast member of Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond delves into the darkest corners of his life, on both sides of the camera, with honesty and a fierce comic wit. Beneath his hilarious dead-on impressions of Bill Clinton and others, Hammond suffered from largely undiagnosed mental anguish that resulted in horrifying flashbacks, a stint in a Bahamian jail, and ultimately a dark night in a Harlem crack house. He fought to learn the truth about his past for three decades, determined finally to do right by his young daughter and to set the record straight about falling so low while achieving such heights.
“Hammond’s moving memoir contains surprising detours. . . . [His] breezy style and facile storytelling will keep readers entertained even while reading about his struggle with alcoholism. . . . This funny man’s serious life can be an inspiration to all.”
Tina Fey’s Bossypantsmeets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond’sgroundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked—a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of anAmerican comic genius. By turns poignant and hilarious, Hammond takes readersfrom the set of Saturday Night Live, where he was the show’slongest-tenured cast member, to the drug-ridden streets of Harlem and into thetwisting corridors of his own unflaggingly humorous consciousness. Minglingbehind-the-scenes stories from television’s best-loved comedy series with adark look inside a world-class funnyman, God If You’re Not Up There,I’m F*cked is a book sure to resonate with anyonewho shares a talent for performance, a love of comedy, or a desire to know howan artist can climb from the deepest despair to the very top of his profession.