In this sketch, she paired up with Dana Carvey to parody "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee." Though Carvey's dead-on Regis impersonation grabbed most people's attention, Hooks confidently created a version of Kathie Lee that was incredibly specific.
One of her most popular characters was Candy Sweeney, one half of the singing duo, the Sweeney Sisters. Her on-screen sister, Liz, was played by Nora Dunn. In this sketch from 1986, one of the sisters' first appearances, they riffed their way through a series of Christmas carols that cemented the template of what a Sweeney Sisters sketch could be.
But perhaps Hooks' most affecting performance was as the widow looking back over her life in the "SNL" short film, "Love is a Dream," directed by Tom Schiller. Totally unlike the usual "SNL" content, this film featured Hooks and then-costar Phil Hartman singing the Bing Crosby song, "Love is a Dream" while re-creating the love affair between a woman (Hooks) and the soldier she meets (Hartman).