Voice of the Smack
Yes, actually, you have heard that voice before.
One of the premier voice artists working in television today, Edd Hall served as announcer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 12 years (“… and me, I’m Edd Hall”).
Every night he introduced the show and traded quips and barbs with Jay, often appearing in the show’s sketches as Jay’s comic foil. These skits usually involved slapstick injury to Edd that ranged from being run over by trucks to pied in the face. Edd found the experience of staged weekly bodily injury to be oddly liberating.
Edd also spent a decade doing voice-overs and sketch work for that other late night guy on NBC’s Late Night With David Letterman. He began his network television career as an NBC page for Saturday Night Live in 1979 and by the following year was tapped to do an impression of the network’s iconic late-night host Tom Snyder on Snyder’s own show. Notice one thing: all of these credits involve non primetime late night shows. Edd does not like to get up early in the morning.
He soon found himself in demand for such shows as Married With Children, Murphy Brown and Merv Griffin’s Crosswords, where he served as announcer for the series’ two-year run.
Edd has done commercials for many national clients, and promo work for five television networks. A member of SAG, AFTRA and the WGA, Edd has performed a variety of theater roles in Southern California.
He recently was cast as loyal-to-a-fault agent Mark Shannon in the Natural 9/Stellar co-production of the sitcom pilot, IUTBS. He played erratic DeMille cinematographer James McBride in the Cinema Pacific Film Festival’s “live” reading of the featured screenplay, Let’s Do It. He’s even played Ebeneezer Scrooge for LA theater which was quite a stretch because, as you can see from the photo, Edd is not a “Bah, Humbug” kind of guy.
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Edd is originally from Boston. He attributes 95% of his success to having an extra “d” in his name.