Saturday Night Live Stars Who Sadly Never Made It In Hollywood

by: Looper     Published on: 30 November 2019

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For some comedians, Saturday Night Live represents the biggest thing they'll ever do in show business. For whatever reason, their success on late-night comedy TV never quite transfered to other aspects of the entertainment industry, and they never quite caught that big Hollywood break. While appearing on Saturday Night Live, Jan Hooks seemed to do absolutely everything required of a future comedy superstar. Her inspired Betty Davis impersonation is legendary in its own right. She played several recurring characters that instantly endeared her to audiences, including her iconic portrayal of Candy Sweeney of the "Sweeney Sisters" nightclub act. After leaving SNL in 1991, Hooks never quite landed a role that showcased her immense talents. She briefly joined the cast of Designing Women that same year, replacing Jean Smart. Unfortunately, the show was on its last legs, and it simply couldn't survive such enormous cast changes. Designing Women ultimately went off the air in 1993.She had funny recurring roles on 3rd Rock from the Sun and 30 Rock and she memorably voiced Apu's wife Manjula on The Simpsons. Still, Hooks didn't find nearly as many projects as she deserved. When Hooks unexpectedly passed away in 2014 at the age of 57, several SNL legends paid homage to the comedian. Former castmate Kevin Nealon tweeted: Producer Lorne Michaels let go of most of the long-standing SNL cast members in 1995, bringing in a new slate of performers that included Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, and Darrell Hammond. On a show that often includes impersonations of celebrities and political figures, it's important for SNL to always have a "man of 1,000 voices" in the mix. From 1995 to 2009, Hammond was that man. Keep watching the video to see more Saturday Night Live stars who sadly never made it in Hollywood!#SNL #SaturdayNightLiveJan Hooks | 0:15Darrell Hammond | 1:34Joe Piscopo | 2:43Cheri Oteri | 4:11Nora Dunn | 5:29Ellen Cleghorne | 6:54Garrett Morris | 7:35Paul Brittain | 8:55Jerry Minor | 10:03Tim Kazurinsky | 11:03Laura Kightlinger | 12:14