When I heard about her death, the first thing I thought of was Hooks' role as Candy Sweeney, one half of the Sweeney Sisters lounge singing duo. The equally funny Nora Dunn played Candy's sister Liz.
|L-R:Nora Dunn and Hooks as the Sweeney Sisters.|
|A still from the Sweeney Sisters Christmas sketch.|
I taped this episode back when it first aired 28 Christmases ago. I played it every Holiday season for years after that (I think my family had their fill after a few years!). Sadly, probably due to song copyright issues, this sketch has never been released on home video. But I stumbled on that old tape a few Christmases back and it's still makes me laugh.
And as a "bonus" clip, here's Hooks and other cast members singing in another holiday-themed sketch (from December 15, 1990), a commercial for the 'Dysfunctional Family Christmas' album:
Saturday Night Live: "Dysfunctional Family... by felipekusnitzki
For me, it's not really the Christmas season until I hear the Sweeney's Christmas Medley! R.I.P. Jan Hooks, thanks for making Christmas a little more fun every year since '86.