Watch: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Remembers Jan Hooks in Bill Hader-Hosted Episode

Jan Hooks Obit Dead SNL

Former “Saturday Night Live” actress Jan Hooks died on Thursday at the age of 57, and the show took some time out of host Bill Hader’s opening monologue for an emotional tribute to the late actress and comedian.

“SNL” played a clip of Hooks with her former scene partner Phil Hartman in their 1987 “Love is a Dream” short film, showcasing a musical number. It showed both Hooks and the late Hartman in a more serious role.

Former “SNL” cast member and Hader’s “Skeleton Twins” co-star Kristen Wiig helped Hader introduced the clip, commenting that ““She was one of the best there ever was, and her influence is clear in every one of us who has been here since.”

Hooks was in the “SNL” main cast from 1986 to 91, working alongside such alums as Dennis Miller, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. She died after battling a serious illness.

“SNL’s” next new episode will come on Oct. 25, with Jim Carrey hosting and Iggy Azalea as musical guest.

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  1. J says:

    I’m a lifelong fan, and my friends and I wore out many VHS tapes watching her stuff over and over. I believe “Love is a Dream” was a beautiful tribute, and her kiss goodbye at the end was just heartbreaking. Nonetheless, honestly, I would have picked her Bette Davis or Brenda the Waitress skit to pay homage to her incredible talent. She made people laugh. Also, like you guys said, it would have been nice if someone with whom she actually worked delivered the introduction…someone from the Golden Age of SNL.

    • clacross says:

      I was just scanning the internet and saw that jan hooks had passed. I was totally shocked. She was my favorite on snl during her time as one of the snl players. She was so funny, and professional in what she was doing. I would have loved to have known her, I bet she was a kick. I wish her family peace and god bless jan hooks

  2. Jacques Strappe says:

    A sentimental video represents an odd choice for a tribute since it does not even contain her voice or any of her gifted and riotously funny character impersonations. It also would have been more meaningful if someone who had actually worked with Ms. Hooks on SNL had provided the tribute. SNL is a shadow of its former self.

  3. Alex says:

    She looked really pretty in that video.

  4. Blonde, blue-eyed Jesus says:

    A beautiful short film, although it also would have been wonderful to laugh at all of the great comedy she gave us.

    Am I remembering correctly that they aired this same video after Phil Harman died, as well? They both must have really loved it.

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