Janet Vivian "Jan" Hooks (April 23, 1957 – October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986–91, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons of Designing Women, a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun and a number of other roles in film and television.
Hooks died on October 9, 2014 in her home of Woodstock, New York at the age of 57 from throat cancer. Her remains were interred in Northview Cemetery in Cedartown, Georgia.
Saturday Night Live aired a tribute for Hooks in the third episode of its 40th season on October 11, 2014, reairing a skit she had filmed in 1988 with Phil Hartman. The clip, "Love Is a Dream", was the same one that had concluded the show's special tribute episode to Hartman after his death in 1998. Guest host Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig introduced the tribute. Earlier in the evening, NBC reaired a 1990 episode, hosted by Alec Baldwin, which featured two of Hooks' most famous comedic sketches: "Brenda the Waitress", and one in which she played Greta Garbo.
The Simpsons episode "Super Franchise Me" memorialized her on October 12, 2014, with her longtime character Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon honored during the credits.