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The world of comedy and entertainment is still coping with the loss of celebrated comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast-member Jan Hooks, who passed away on Thursday from an undisclosed illness.
"I was on the show with her for four years… and she was a talent," a stoic Lovitz told Et. "We always thought of her as like the female Phil Hartman. She could play anything and do anything, and she was a great actress. A great comedic actress."
Photos: In Memoriam: 'SNL' Stars We've Lost
On Saturday's episode of SNL, the show played »
'SNL' gave a sweet tribute to one of their own.
Wiig said, "She was one of the best that ever was and her influence is clear in every one of us who has been here since."
The emotional tribute also featured the late Phil Hartman. Hooks and Hartman sing beautifully in "Love Is But a Dream."
Photos: Remembering 'SNL' Stars We've Lost
Hooks spent eight years on SNL. She was on the show for five seasons, 1986 through 1991, and she had continuing cameos afterward.
“The Walking Dead” boss: "We're trying not to be the 'character death show’" As Season 5 begins, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman want to emphasize that they don’t set out to kill characters. "We don't want to play it as like a tool in our tool chest or something that's some part of story rhythm,” says Gimple. Adds Kirkman: "No one in the writers' room is ever sitting around saying, 'We haven't killed someone in a while. We really need to kill someone.' It all comes from story and if we ever decided that the story merited absolutely no characters deaths whatsoever in a season, we would definitely do that.” Plus: Expect a grisly season premiere, everything you need to know as Season 5 kicks off, the season premiere is “a dazzling adrenaline rush filled with suspense, righteous violence and, before it’s all over, genuine emotion, »
- Norman Weiss
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles in "Toy Story That Time Forgot” For the 2nd Pixar TV special, airing Dec. 2, the gang will need the help of Trixie the triceratops as it faces a group of “dangerously delusional” action figures. Jan Hooks was a reminder of why “SNL” is at its best as a live show With the increasing focus on taped sketch shows like "Key & Peele,” “Portlandia" and "Inside Amy Schumer,” Hooks is a "reminder of what ‘SNL' could be at its best—a live show capable of becoming and taking on anything, depending on what the week calls for,” says James Poniewozik. "And for that, you need players like Hooks: versatile, game live performers who can disappear into a role. Performers like her are a kind of human special effect, creating the canvas on which the show replicates the world.” Plus: "She was totally amazing as a sketch player, »
- Norman Weiss
Kevin Nealon was closer to Jan Hooks than most people in the '80s, even dating for a time as they shot to fame on Saturday Night Live. On Thursday, Nealon recalled his former costar - who died earlier in the day at age 57 - as an incomparable talent. "I was friends with her for a long time, and then we started dating for a while, and then we were on SNL together. I think the whole experience of going to New York to be on a show like SNL, I think about that a lot," the actor, 60, told People »
- Reagan Alexander and Tim Nudd, @nudd
My girlfriend in the 80’s and my friend forever, Janners. God, were you talented. Too soon and too sad. #JanHooks pic.twitter.com/l2wGR9HJ0x — Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) October 10, 2014 A comedy legend remembered. Saturday Night Live alum Jan Hooks passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9, sparking an outpouring of remembrances and grief from her costars, fans, and friends alike. The comedienne died at the age of 57 in New York after reportedly battling a serious but unnamed illness. During her celebrated television career, Hooks appeared on SNL for [...] »
Comedian Jan Hooks died earlier this week at the age of 57 after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. Hooks was known for her roles on Designing Women and 3rd Rock from the Sun, but she was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Hooks was a cast member on SNL from 1986-1991, joining comedians that included Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon (whom she dated for a time) and the late, great Phil Hartman.
Saturday Night Live was struggling at the time and was nearing the brink of cancellation. Executive Producer Lorne Michaels brought the show back to basics, hiring a new cast which included Hooks, who was great at impersonations. You’d think it was the real people. In memory of Hooks, we’re giving you Hooks’ five best SNL moments.
Jan Hooks Dies
Hooks' death was confirmed by her representative Lisa Lieberman to CNN. She had apparently been suffering from a serious illness.
Hooks is best known for her stint on Saturday Night Live, which ran from 1986-1991. On the sketch show, Hooks took on a number of notable impersonations, including Hillary Clinton, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bette Davis and Jodie Foster. Her most memorable role on the show, however, was probably as Candy Sweeney, one half of the popular Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn.
Back in 1980, Hooks, a native of Georgia, got her start on The Bill Tush Show and later landed a role on TV series Not Necessarily the News. She went on to appear in features Wildcats, Funland and Batman Returns and star in Designing Women as Carlene Frazier Dobber.
Following her run on SNL, »
Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks passed away earlier today in New York City, at the age of 57. While no cause of death was given, TMZ sources say the actress was suffering from a serious illness.
After coming up through the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings, Jan Hooks appeared in the TV series Not Necessarily the News and had film roles in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Wildcats, before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1986.
The actress starred alongside some of SNL's biggest and brightest stars, such as Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon and Dennis Miller as a part of the main cast between 1986 and 1991.
She also came back for a number of appearances in 1993 and 1994, where she played First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton alongside Phil Hartman as President Bill Clinton. She was best known for the Sweeney Sisters sketch alongside Nora Dunn, »
Jan Hooks, who worked alongside some of the biggest "Saturday Night Live" stars ... died Thursday ... TMZ has learned. She was 57.We've learned she passed away this morning in New York City. Sources tell us Jan had been battling a serious illness.Jan was part of the 'SNL' cast from 1986-91 ... the same time as Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller ... and was most famous for being half of »
- TMZ Staff
Jimmy Fallon will do a post-Super Bowl “Tonight Show” in Phoenix, followed by a week of shows in L.A. Fallon’s post-Super Bowl show will air after a special episode of “The Blacklist.” After the game, he’ll bring “The Tonight Show” back to Los Angeles from Feb. 2-5 for a week of shows from Universal Studios Hollywood. “How to Get Away with Murder’s” premiere now has more than 20 million viewers — after setting a DVR playback record A record 6 million watched the ShondaLand drama on DVR. Dominic Cooper officially joins “Agent Carter” His role as Tony Stark’s father, Howard Stark, will become a regular one on the ABC series. Click Read Full Post For More A mathematician has created a statistical model predicting who will die on “Game of Thrones” Richard Vale from the University of Canterbury’s statistics department uses previous chapters to predict which character »
- Norman Weiss
If the phrase ‘Adam Sandler-starring romantic comedy’ doesn’t fill your heart with dread and terror then you’ve probably not been paying too much attention to film criticism in recent years. That’s okay, neither has Adam Sandler. The reviews are generally terrible and yet Sandler has rolled out at least one comedy every year since 1998, which is undeniably impressive. Presumably these films make money, else he wouldn’t be able to make them and therefore it’s logical to suggest that people are going to see them. It’s almost as if the general public couldn’t care less about critical opinion. Huh.
I wouldn’t include myself as a member of the critical fraternity, by the way. I »
- Jack Kirby
“Saturday Night Live” returned for its landmark fortieth season with a new announcer, a revived “Weekend Update” and a couple of digs at the National Football League. But the show continued to serve up something it largely avoided when it launched way back in 1975: The expected.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt altered the opening proceedings slightly when he gave a monologue that eschewed the traditional words about how great it is for the host to be in New York City, but then ended the segment on a business-as-usual tone by playing a ditty about hosting the program while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.
From there, the show – as it does most weeks – bounced along. Sketches featuring Taran Killam and Pratt as sexually hyperactive cartoon superstars He-Man and the Thundercats’ Lion-o was just strange enough to warrant a laugh and a fake commercial lampooning Marvel superhero movies was an obvious success. »
- Brian Steinberg
A fan-favorite Teen Wolf actor is about to discover the dark — and potentially deadly — side of selfies.
Ian Nelson, who recurs as the younger version of Tyler Hoechlin’s Derek Hale on the MTV drama, will appear in a Season 10 episode of Criminal Minds, TVLine has learned. Nelson will play an emotionally complex teen unnerved by taunts he and his friends receive in the form of morbid selfies posted online.
Criminal Minds returns Oct. 1 at 9/8c on CBS.
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In the five months since its snazzy presentation at Digital Content Newfronts, AOL has slowly rolled out its new lineup of original programming. It released Steve Buscemi's Park Bench and season two of iJustine's Hardwired in the spring before debuting the Fullscreen-produced Follow Me and James Franco's Making a Scene in the summer. The fall will be another busy season for AOL; it has announced October arrival dates for five of its original programs. Three of the programs that will debut in October are new original series that will begin their first seasons. As with previous AOL projects, all of these debuts are fronted by recognizable celebrities. Kevin Nealon will host Laugh Lessons, in which well-known comedians will attempt to teach their craft to kids. Zoe Saldana is at the center of My Hero, in which celebrities will set up heartfelt surprises for the people who have changed their lives. »
- Sam Gutelle
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday. »
- Norman Weiss
Kevin Nealon stopped by Conan O'Brien's show last night and the duo got to talking about their former Saturday Night Live days. O'Brien asked Nealon about the recent revival of popular SNL characters Hans and Franz in new State Farm commercials, leading Nealon to recount a funny story of the first time he spoke with Arnold Schwarzenegger about the skit. The nostalgia-session hit a high note when Nealon revealed that the plans to turn Hans and Franz into a girlie men musical were completely thwarted by Schwarzenegger, who got cold feet and backed out. We don't know whether to
- Lorena O'Neil
Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Lately ended its seven-year run Tuesday night, and the host was duly impressed. "I've made great friends, a lot of enemies, and I have personally lost and gained 3,500 pounds." The guest-star-jammed finale included cameos from a galaxy of stars, like Ellen DeGeneres, who demanded to know why she was never invited to be on the show - see below. Other guests for the evening included Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and Handler's ex 50 Cent. Miley Cyrus was on hand to perform as well, though the evening's biggest musical moment was saved for last. Dozens of stars, including Gwen Stefani, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
The finale of Chelsea Lately was star-studded, hilarious and memorable. For the final hurrah, Chelsea Handler's celebrity friends including (deep breath) Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Mary McCormack, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Vanessa Hugdens, Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Gerard Butler, Kate Beckinsale, Tim Gunn, Justin Theroux, Selena Gomez, Kelly Osbourne, Trace Adkins, Leah Remini, LeAnn Rimes, Kathy Griffin, Marlee Matlin, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Allison Janney, Joel McHale, Kate Flannery, Anna Faris, Kevin Nealon and many more (exhale) joined her on-stage to sing farewell! Chelsea clearly felt that the only way to say goodbye to seven years of late night, »
Who wasn't on the 'Chelsea Lately' finale?!
Who wasn't on the Chelsea Lately finale?!
On Tuesday night, Chelsea Handler wrapped up "seven years of ridiculous stupidity" with her hour-long series finale of her late-night talk show. It was such a special occasion that Chelsea wore white and Chuy wore a tux -- and to say there were a few A-listers in attendance is an understatement.
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In celebration of Chelsea's last show and her seven-year reign as the Queen of late-night, here are six of our favorite moments from the Chelsea Lately finale.
1. Chelsea Handler Takes a Naked Shower with Ellen- After her brief opening monologue, Chelsea was back in the shower, where instead of running into Conan O'Brien and Sandra Bullock as she's done in the past, a fully-clothed Ellen DeGeneres showed up to surprise her fellow host. The daytime host was curious as to why she'd »
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