I've watched and rewatched this moment many times over the years. It was one of the few times he wasn't "on" and the sincerity in his voice is truly moving. He paid such an eloquent and heartfelt tribute to his hero and sadly now he himself is gone. I may not have followed his career steadily but I always perked up whenever I came across him because he was one of the absolute standouts during his tenure on SNL.
I'm really going to miss seeing him cracking other comedians up and likewise making me laugh hysterically.