By Andrea Romano2014-09-18 14:51:46 UTC

Saturday Night Live is undergoing quite a few changes ahead of its upcoming 40th season, but one familiar face — well, voice — will be returning to the NBC staple: Darrell Hammond.

The longtime SNL cast member is rejoining the show to replace legendary announcer Don Pardo, who passed away on Aug. 18 at the age of 96. NBC announced the news on Thursday.

Pardo retired from the show during its 38th season; in the following season, past and present SNL cast members (Hammond included) mimicked Pardo’s voice. While Hammond had a knack for mimics, though, he will be taking on his new role in his own style, according to executive producer Lorne Michaels.

Hammond, who was a cast member from 1995 to 2009, also occasionally sat in for Pardo when he was sick.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told USA Today. “When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him.”

Watch Pardo recount Hammond’s impeccable impersonation, below:

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Brand new season, brand new Saturday Night Live. But not too new.

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