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'SNL' star Hammond used booze, crack to cope

Oct. 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM ET

The "Saturday Night Live" star who so aptly channeled Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and other iconic figures opens up in a new book about drinking, doing crack and being taken from NBC "in a straightjacket."

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Darrell Hammond, who just penned the autobiography "God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F-----," wrote, "I kept a pint of Remy in my desk at work. The drinking calmed my nerves and quieted the disturbing images in my head ... when drinking didn't work, I cut myself," the NY Post excerpts. 

One of the more dramatic incidents Hammond recalls in his book took place in 1998, when police took the actor from the NBC infirmary to a New York Hospital in a straightjacket, but his struggles didn't stop there. In 2002, Hammond says, "I’d started adding an obscene amount of cocaine to my binges ... I had to be creative about how I did it without other people catching on or letting it interfere with the work. At least too much.”

In 2009, during Hammond's 14th season of "SNL," he relapsed, and "had the brilliant idea I should try crack,” he writes. He then spent time in a Harlem crack house.

The book is out Nov. 8; copies were sent last week to "SNL," and the Post reports that Hammond is awaiting a reaction. "I don’t have anything bad to say about anyone there,” he told the Post.“They all really went above and beyond the call for me.”