Friday, October 10, 2014

Jan Hooks: A Tribute

The world became a little less funny yesterday as one of Saturday Night Live's funniest ladies passed away far too young.

Alongside such legends as Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey, Jan dazzled SNL's fans every Saturday night. Regardless of the material she was presented with, Jan would find a way to make it funny, much like the late Phil Hartman. They often worked together, like in this sketch mocking the downfall of Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker:

And who could forget her portrayal of Kathie Lee Gifford, singing to a monkey:

Even on one off sketches she shined, like in this sketch where she plays the matriarch of a trailer park family that is hilariously trying to run a bed and breakfast out of their trailer:

Her pairing with Nora Dunn as one part of a lounge act called The Sweeney Sisters created classic, hilarious moments that are remembered even today:

Ms. Hooks may not have found a cure for a dangerous disease or solved world hunger, but she certainly made the world a happier place at least for a couple of hours every Saturday night. Thanks for the laughs, Ms. Hooks and rest in peace. We're pretty sure you're already making them laugh up there.