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Green Room - Week 24 - Day 4

Jan Hooks died yesterday.

There are a lot of people talking about it, but honestly, not enough.

Of her class of Saturday Night Live, people tend to look at a Phil Hartman and point out (accurately) that he was one of those people who didn't steal the scene, he made them happen. He was the glue that held them together, with solid, understated, performances.

Jan Hooks was the same way.

The fact that the two of them got to be on together just made the show that much stronger.

Her work, in general, tends to be underestimated when people are looking for flashy comedians. She didn't make many waves, but she gave some fantastic performances.

If you haven't seen any of her old SNL stuff, it's time to go to Youtube and check it out. If you have - go refresh your memory.

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Last night was BUSY. There are a ton of links to share:

The top priority, of course, is that the MAIN COMPETITION is having a poll. It's happening *right now*. Some fantastic work out there - go discover it! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/790427.html

Last Chance had their own poll, but that came to an end last night, with some people moving forward, and others being eliminated: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/790628.html

They also have a Topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/791087.html and a Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/791309.html

We also had TWO people reach the 100 Weeks Survived Mark! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/790801.html and http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/791694.html

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crackpotpie
Oct. 10th, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
BREAKIBG NEWS! BLUE M&MS HAVE INVADED THE EARTH!
crackpotpie
Oct. 10th, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
TOO EXCITED TO SPELL CORRECTLY! ALSO, FIRST! ALSO ALSO, IT'S THE BIG ONE, ELIZABETH!
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n3m3sis43
Oct. 10th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, y'all. I guess I'm back. We'll see how long this lasts. ;-)
rattsu
Oct. 10th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
I echo that statement! The big pond is scary and filled with talent...
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clauderainsrm
Oct. 10th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
So what are you seeing out there in the main competition that is rocking your socks off?

How about in Last Chance? Any shockers that didn't get more votes??
rattsu
Oct. 10th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
I need to read up. That is my plan for the weekend. I have been so out of it I simply have no clue!

On the other hand we currently get tons of extra overtime pay at work because we are crazy busy so... yeah. That is nice.
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I mostly agree with your assessment... - ellakite - Oct. 10th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I mostly agree with your assessment... - kehlen - Oct. 10th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Agreed. - ellakite - Oct. 10th, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Thanks. - ellakite - Oct. 10th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
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ellakite
Oct. 10th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
Jan Hooks passed?!
...

crap.

I was a fan of Ms. Hooks even before she was on SNL -- she was a regular cast member on a short-lived show called COMEDY BREAK. As you say, she really was quite talented, and brought something wonderful to everything she did. I will also admit to having something of a crush on the lady at that time, but her talent was undeniable.

RIP, Jan. You shall be missed.
clauderainsrm
Oct. 10th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Jan Hooks passed?!
I'm not actually familiar with Comedy Break! I'll have to see what I can find!

A friend of mine on Facebook posted about how annoying he finds it that all of the articles mention that she "worked with some of the greatest cast members on SNL", when she WAS one of the greatest cast members on SNL!
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rattsu
Oct. 10th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
Well, I am still putting off cleaning... so here is an ode to the cruelty of clauderainsrm.

What I love about LJI is the deadlines. Yes, they are terrible, especially for people holding down full time jobs, and writing on the side like I am. But deadlines also gets things done. I end up with ideas I never would have gotten otherwise. I've had LJI posts in the past who I could turn into stories to sell to various magazines and anthologies just because of said deadline.

Sometimes you are second guessing yourself too much. Spends too much time pondering what to write. Sometimes you just have to buckle up and bloody do the thing, and the deadline really helps with that. You don't have time to doubt yourself. You just have to write and hope that it carries you through.

So yeah, that is the reason I keep coming back even when I don't have to invest in the commentary and community building needed to get a big audience anymore. Because it's a kick.

That being said, I do not miss one of the final weeks of my first season (when I was really trying to win) where we had to do five different subjects in a week. Seriously. That one made even me run out of subjects...
ellakite
Oct. 10th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
Because this place is more active than the Work Room...
... I am posting a link to what I put up in the Work Room here. In a word:

H*E*L*P!!!

adoptedwriter
Oct. 10th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats to out 100-week peeps!
Sad about Jan Hooks. I haven't heard a cause.
In other news....My AM:
http://adoptedwriter.livejournal.com/304786.html

AW
veronica_rich
Oct. 10th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Jan was the same age my mother was when she died several years ago (also from an illness, though a frighteningly short and quickly devastating one). Anything with a 5 in front of the age is far too young.

Jan was not a big star, but it's the non-stars who do most of the world's work and make things go smoothly and pleasantly - as in the case of character actors like her.
beldar
Oct. 10th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
There was a recent SNL prime-time special featuring their short films, and one of the most memorable (because it didn't go for laughs but for feels) was Hooks and Hartman as a widow remembering the man she loved and having one more dance. I consider that one of the best tributes to their understated talent and wonderful contributions to the show and TV in general.
beldar
Oct. 10th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
On LJI topics, I looked down the "100 weeks" tag and, unless there are others listed in other posts, there are only about a dozen members of the 100 Weeks Club.

That surprised me (and not just because I'm one of them).
clauderainsrm
Oct. 10th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
Nope. That's accurate. All 100 Weeks posts should be marked as such.

More 100 Weeks members have been added in Season 9 than any other season (with a few more potentially on the way)
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cheshire23
Oct. 11th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
An old friend (and enemy, and friend again - it's complicated) of mine apparently died on Wednesday. And on Thursday this appeared on his Facebook in such a way that I initially thought his account had been hacked or that maybe this was a really bizarre "social experiment on the friendslist" thing. But no.

I really wish this wasn't true. :(
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