Edd Hall

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Edd Hall
Edd Hall 2004.jpg
Born (1958-12-07) December 7, 1958 (age 60)
OccupationAnnouncer, actor, voice over artist
Years active1972–present

Edd Hall (born December 7, 1958) is an American television personality and announcer. He was Jay Leno's announcer on The Tonight Show from 1992 to 2004, and replaced Tonight Show announcer Ed McMahon after Johnny Carson's retirement. Hall introduced himself by saying "...And me, I'm Edd Hall." He left the show in March 2004.

Early career[edit]

[1]Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in upstate New York and attended Syracuse University.[2] Best known as Jay Leno's announcer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 12 years, Hall started in show business at an early age. As a child and teenager, he worked as a magician, clown, fire-eater, and radio announcer. Hall's first network TV job was for Saturday Night Live as an NBC page in January 1979. His first network TV appearance was performing an impression of Tom Snyder on Tomorrow Coast to Coast in March 1980. In June 1980, Hall began working as a production assistant for The David Letterman Show, David Letterman's short-lived morning show on NBC. In 1982, he became Letterman's visuals producer on Late Night with David Letterman. He remained with Letterman until 1990, often appearing in or lending his voice to comedy sketches on the show. Soon after leaving Letterman in 1990, Hall moved to Los Angeles where he designed the Worldwide Pants logo and animation for Letterman's company. He also wrote an episode of and performed voiceovers for Chris Elliott's show, Get A Life in 1990 and 1991. Some of his other pre-Tonight Show credits include appearances and voiceovers on such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, Married... with Children, Murphy Brown and Blossom.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno[edit]

Unlike his predecessors on The Tonight Show (i.e. McMahon with Carson, Hugh Downs with Jack Paar), Hall did not serve as the only sidekick for Jay Leno during his time on Leno's incarnation of The Tonight Show. Hall did however appear in hundreds of sketches during his 12-year tenure. He often played the "stooge" to host Leno. Some of his most memorable sketches included vehicles running him over in the studio parking lot, getting "attacked" by actors in large animal costumes, or Leno discovering Hall "missing" from the studio and after searching for him would eventually find Edd in a some ridiculous place or situation.

After The Tonight Show[edit]

Soon after leaving The Tonight Show in 2004, Hall appeared as himself in the movie, Comic Book: The Movie, directed by Mark Hamill.

During the 2007–2008 TV season, Hall was the announcer for the TV game show Merv Griffin's Crosswords.

Some of his other credits include Late Show with David Letterman, The Young and the Restless, Sullivan & Son and Kim Possible, among others. He has done voiceover work for commercials for Volkswagen, Google, Alzheimer's Association, Burger King, Old Navy, Buick, Panda Express, and Mazda. In 2013, he was the tournament announcer/narrator of the award-winning Netflix documentary, The Short Game. In 2015, Hall played a baseball announcer on the NBC series, Crowded. 2016 - 2018, Hall continues to voice commercials and radio and TV imaging as well as lending his voice to a number of TV shows including episodes of The Thundermans on Nickelodeon, Days of Our Lives on NBC, and Behind the Mask on Hulu.

Hall has also done some theatre since leaving The Tonight Show He has played Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" every year since 2007 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and played the title role in the 2005 Cabrillo Music Theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz". In 2006, he reprised the Wizard role for the Starlight Theatre in San Diego.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From bio written by Edd Hall
  2. ^ "Edd Hall - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved 2015-12-19.

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Ed McMahon
The Tonight Show announcer
1992–2004
Succeeded by
John Melendez