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. 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 of 2004.
Edd was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in upstate New York and attended Syracuse University. Best known as Jay Leno's announcer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) for 12 years, Edd started in show business at an early age. He was a professional magician, clown, fire-eater, and radio announcer - all before the age of 15. Edd's first network TV job was for "Saturday Night Live" as an NBC page in January 1979 with the original "Not Ready for Primetime Players". His first network TV appearance was performing an impression of Tom Snyder on Tomorrow Coast to Coast (1973) in March of 1980. In June of 1980, Edd began working as a production assistant for "The David Letterman Show" - Letterman's short-lived morning show on NBC. In 1982, he became Letterman's Visuals producer when Dave began "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, Edd 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 91. 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
Unlike his predecessors on Tonight (i.e. McMahon with Carson, Hugh Downs with Jack Paar), Edd did not serve as the only sidekick for Mr. Leno during his tenure on Leno's incarnation of "The Tonight Show". Hall appeared in hundreds of sketches though. 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 would discover Hall "missing" from the studio and would go in search of him - eventually finding Edd in a ridiculous place or situation.
After The Tonight Show
During the 2007–2008 TV season, Edd was the announcer for the TV game show "Merv Griffin's Crosswords".
Some of his other notable credits since The Tonight Show include: CBS "Late Show with David Letterman", "The Young and the Restless", "Sullivan & Son" and "Kim Possible" among others. You may have heard Edd's voice on commercials for VOLKSWAGEN, GOOGLE, ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION, BURGER KING, OLD NAVY, BUICK, PANDA EXPRESS, or MAZDA to name a few. Edd has 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.
In 2013, he was the tournament announcer/narrator of the award-winning Netflix documentary, "The Short Game".
- "Edd Hall - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved 2015-12-19.
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