December 7, 1958 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Announcer, actor, voice over artist|
Edd Hall (born December 7, 1958) is an American television personality, and announcer. Most famous for his work on television as Jay Leno's announcer on The Tonight Show from 1992 to 2004, Hall replaced famed Tonight Show announcer Ed McMahon after Johnny Carson's retirement. Hall famously introduced himself by saying "...And me, I'm Edd Hall." In 2004, Hall was replaced on The Tonight Show by John Melendez.
Hall began his career when he was given a job as a radio announcer at the age of 14. He began his television career as a graphics coordinator on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC and performed voice-overs and appeared in sketches over the course of ten years.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Hall occasionally appeared in skits during the opening monologue. These skits often involved slapstick injury to Hall (by using a stunt double, dummy, or film clip), such as vehicles running him over in the studio parking lot. Unlike his predecessors on Tonight (i.e. McMahon with Carson, Hugh Downs with Jack Paar), Hall did not serve as a sidekick for Leno during his tenure on Leno's incarnation of The Tonight Show.
After The Tonight Show
During the 2007–2008 TV season, Hall was the announcer for the TV game show Merv Griffin's Crosswords.
On January 18, 2010, amidst the Tonight Show host time slot conflict between the program's former host Jay Leno and then-current host Conan O'Brien, Hall's voice was heard on a comedy bit on the Late Show with David Letterman. The piece parodied a promo for Jay Leno's return to the NBC program. Hall's voice was heard saying that Leno stole bits from David Letterman ("Headlines") and Howard Stern ("Jaywalking"). The comedy bit ended with Hall voicing his telltale phrase: “And me, I’m Edd Hall!”. Hall has said that he likes both Letterman and Leno but does not have any allegiance to the former host while never leaving on bad terms with the latter. Hall said he merely thought it was a funny bit and that there was no malice intended toward Leno.
- "Edd Hall Biography". Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Sassone, Bob (21 January 2010). "Here's why Edd Hall did that Letterman sketch the other night". TV Squad. AOL. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
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