[Ed. – The show was funny once, and performers like Hooks were the reason why.]
Jan Hooks was born on April 23, 1957 in Decatur, Georgia. She went on to become a member of the popular and influential Los Angeles comedy troupe, The Groundlings. Hooks is perhaps best known for her work on Saturday Night Live. Originally, she was considered for the 1985 cast, but was passed over in favor of Joan Cusack. A year later, producer Lorne Michaels had to fire most of the show’s new cast and start from scratch. He hired Hooks, along with Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Nora Dunn, and others. Together, this cast would redefine the once-rebellious, and then troubled, show into an American comedy institution. After she left Saturday Night Live, Hooks co-starred on Designing Women, appeared on The Dana Carvey Show, and frequently guest-starred on 30 Rock as Jenna’s mother.
Hooks will be remembered as one of the most interesting, if not also underrated, sketch comics to grace the Saturday Night Live stage. Tina Fey has cited her as a heavy influence. We at Decider want to remember Hooks at her finest, zaniest, and most hilarious.