Jan Hooks
Jan Hooks
Date of Birth: April 23, 1957
Years on SNL: As Cast Member:
As Special Guest:
September 26, 1992
October 24, 1992
January 9, 1993
January 16, 1993
February 6, 1993
May 15, 1993
October 23, 1993
April 9, 1994
May 7, 1994

Janet "Jan" Hooks (April 23, 1957 – October 9, 2014) was an American stand-up comedienne, actress, and comedienne who was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1991.

Some of her notable impressions on SNL include Bette Davis, Ann-Margret, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinéad O'Connor, Jodie Foster, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kitty Dukakis, Diane Sawyer, and Hillary Clinton.

Hooks left SNL in 1991 after its 16th season after the tiring of the stress of performing on a live show, although she would make sparse cameos on the show afterwards.

After her retirement from SNL, she became well-known for her roles as Carlene Frazier Dobber on the CBS sitcom Designing Women from 1991 to 1993 and as Miss Leavey in the 1998 comedy-drama film Simon Birch.

She also made several appearances as a special guest throughout the 1990s after her retirement (for dates, see infobox).

Hooks had also worked with director Tim Burton. Besides his quirky sense of film making, Burton was known for reusing actors. Burton had cast Jan Hooks in his 1992 film Batman Returns, where she played a makeup artist who fawned over the Penguin in order to improve his appearance for the media. She was also cast in his earlier 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (which was written by and had a cameo with fellow SNL cast mate Phil Hartman), where she had a well-known part as a docent who gives a very long tour of the Alamo "Can you say a-do-be?".

Characters / ImpressionsEdit


  • Anita
  • Candy Sweeney
  • Marge Keister
  • Miss Connie
  • Nancy Simmons
  • Sherry


SNL CareerEdit

  • 1986-1991: Repertory Player


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