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Lovitz in 2008
|Born||Jonathan M. Lovitz
July 21, 1957
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Stand-up comedian, Actor, Singer|
Lovitz was born in Los Angeles, California, to Jewish parents of Romanian, Hungarian and Russian background. Lovitz graduated with a theater degree in 1979 from the University of California at Irvine and then studied acting with Tony Barr at the Film Actors Workshop. He became a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe, where he befriended his future SNL fellow Phil Hartman.
Saturday Night Live
Lovitz was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. He later said in an interview for the book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live that his time on SNL was the most memorable in his career. He went from having no money to being offered a $500,000 movie contract. He was nominated for an Emmy Award his first two years on Saturday Night Live. One of his most notable SNL characters was "Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar" who used the old catchphrase, "Yeah! That's the ticket!" as he, after visible effort, finally finished constructing his latest lie. The line was previously said by Humphrey Bogart. Some of his other recurring characters included Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, Harvey Fierstein and Michael Dukakis. In a 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live he played a virgin Trekkie, who was scripted to hang his head when asked by William Shatner if he had ever kissed a girl.
Hanukkah Harry, one of his most memorable roles, cast him in 1989 as a Jewish contemporary of Santa Claus who lives on Mount Sinai and travels the globe with a cart flown by three donkeys to give bland gifts to Jewish boys and girls. Harry is asked to fill in when Santa falls ill on Christmas Eve.
Lovitz's first stint as a regular in a situation comedy was as Mole, an investigator for a New York City District Attorney's office, in the short-lived 1985-1986 series Foley Square, starring Margaret Colin.
Lovitz has lent his voice to several cartoons and films. In the series The Critic, he played the title character of Jay Sherman (using his regular speaking voice). He has made several appearances on The Simpsons, including as Marge's prom date Artie Ziff in "The Way We Was", the art teacher in "Brush with Greatness", theater director Llewellyn Sinclair and his sister who owned a daycare center in "A Streetcar Named Marge", Andre in "Homer's Triple Bypass", and numerous other appearances (including the character of Jay Sherman in the episode A Star Is Burns, which was a crossover with The Critic). He was also the voice of Radio in the Hyperion-produced, Disney-distributed animated movie, The Brave Little Toaster and he lent his voice for a promo video for the video game Banjo-Kazooie.
Jon Lovitz performed a duet with Robbie Williams on Williams' 2001 album Swing When You're Winning, in the song "Well, Did You Evah".
Film roles, cameos and television guest appearances
He had a cameo in the movie Matilda, as Million Dollar Sticky Man.
Lovitz also appeared on Friends twice. He first appeared in the Season 1 episode "The One with the Stoned Guy" as a restaurateur who gets stoned on marijuana just prior to interviewing Monica Geller for a job. He reappeared years later in the Season 9 episode "The One with the Blind Dates", where it is revealed that he lost his restaurant due to a drug problem.
In 1992, Lovitz portrayed crusty baseball scout Ernie Capadino in "A League Of Their Own".
In 1998, Lovitz made a dramatic turn when he appeared in a small but pivotal role in Todd Solondz's film Happiness as a depressed, socially inept man who publicly berates his date for thinking of him as nothing. His insults set the tone for her character throughout the film.
Lovitz guest-starred twice on NewsRadio as two separate characters before becoming a cast member in the show's final season. In the final season, he played Max Louis, the news radio announcer who replaced Phil Hartman's Bill McNeal.
Lovitz played Randy in Rat Race. In 2003, he appeared in an episode of Just Shoot Me! as a man married to Nina. He appeared on Two and a Half Men in 2006 as a jingle writer named Archie. He had multiple guest appearances on Las Vegas as Fred Puterbaugh, up to the end of the second series. Lovitz also appeared in The Producers as Mr. Marks.
He has appeared on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in Neil Simon's play The Dinner Party, taking over the lead role from Henry Winkler. He sang at Carnegie Hall three times (including Great Performances' Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall) and sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium and the U.S. Open.
In 1984, Lovitz entered stand-up comedy for the first time in his career.
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
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On November 8, 2007, Lovitz had the grand opening for his new comedy club "The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Aubergine" in the Gaslamp District in San Diego, California, sponsored by RR-Ex. The club has played host to David Spade, Ralphie May, Carlos Mencia, Dana Carvey, Jo Koy, Eric Schwartz, Norm Macdonald, Joe Rogan, Russell Peters, Kevin Nealon, Jon Stewart, and Ryan Robinson.
There is also a second Jon Lovitz Comedy Club location on Universal CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood. A comic short film starring Ken Davitian ('Borat') and featuring Lovitz was filmed there, directed by Emmy nominee Brent Roske and written by Aaron Davitian. Weekly episodes of The Adam Carolla Show, a podcast hosted by comedian Adam Carolla, have been recorded at the City Walk location since early 2011.
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal Studios Hollywood is home to the first ever MMA Roast / MMA Roasted stand up comedy show in 2009. Admirable Mixed Martial Arts Fighters including UFC Legend Kimo Leopoldo were recognized with good-humor for their outstanding accomplishments while being ridiculed in a heartwarming fashion.
The Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre
On May 29, 2011, the name was changed from The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club to The Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre. A premiere was held, Podammit, in which Kevin Smith hosted a variety of six podcasts, including Plus One 3D with his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach, Hollywood Babble-On with Ralph Garman and Jay and Silent Bob Get Old with Jason Mewes, as well as The ABCs of SNL with Jon Lovitz himself, a 6-episode 'This Is Your Life' style biographical interview about Lovitz's life and career. On April 22, 2013, Smith announced through Twitter that the podcasts would no longer be recorded at the Club after a falling out with Lovitz. The Club still periodically hosts other podcasts such as Rob Paulsen's Talkin' Toons.
|1986||Hamburger... The Motion Picture||Security guard|
|1986||Jumpin' Jack Flash||Doug|
|1987||The Brave Little Toaster||Radio||Voice role|
|1988||My Stepmother Is an Alien||Ron Mills|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Clip Metzler|
|1991||An American Tail: Fievel Goes West||Chula||Voice role|
|1992||A League of Their Own||Ernie Capadino|
|1992||Mom and Dad Save the World||Emperor Tod Spengo|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Becker|
|1994||City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold||Glen Robbins|
|1994||Trapped in Paradise||Dave Firpo|
|1996||For Goodness Sake II||Unknown|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Sol|
|1996||Matilda||Million $ Sticky Host||Uncredited|
|1996||High School High||Richard Clark|
|1998||The Wedding Singer||Jimmie Moore||Uncredited|
|1999||Lost & Found||Uncle Harry|
|2000||Small Time Crooks||Benny|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Jay Peterson|
|2001||Cats & Dogs||Calico||Voice role|
|2001||Rat Race||Randall 'Randy' Pear|
|2001||Good Advice||Barry Sherman|
|2002||Eight Crazy Nights||Tom Baltezor||Voice role|
|2003||Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Sidney Wernick|
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Dave Markowitz|
|2005||Pancho's Pizza||Unknown||Short film|
|2005||The Producers||Mr. Marks|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||"My eyes are up here" Penguin||Voice role
|2006||Southland Tales||Bart Bookman|
|2007||I Could Never Be Your Woman||Rob||Direct-to-DVD release|
|2010||Casino Jack||Adam Kidan|
|2012||Hotel Transylvania||Quasimodo||Voice role|
|2013||Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie||TBA|
|1984||The Paper Chase||Levitz||Episode 2.18: "Billy Pierce"|
|1985-1986||Foley Square||Mole||Regular cast member|
|1985–92||Saturday Night Live||Various characters||Main cast member; appeared in 92 episodes|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Barry Blye||Episode 3.5: "Top Billing"|
|1991||Married... with Children||Jeff Littlehead||Episode 6.10: "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2"|
|1991–present||The Simpsons||Various characters (including Jay Sherman and Artie Ziff)||Appeared in nine episodes|
|1993||A League of Their Own||Ernie Capadino||Episode 1.1: "Dottie's Back"|
|1994–95||The Critic||Jay Sherman||Appeared in all 23 episodes|
|1995||Seinfeld||Gary Fogel||Episode 6.13: "The Scofflaw"|
|1995, 2003||Friends||Steve||Episodes 1.15: "The One with the Stoned Guy" and 9.14: "The One with the Blind Dates"|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Acer Predburn||Episode 2.8: "The Scoop"|
|Episode 3.20: "Our Fiftieth Episode"
Episode 4.1: "Jumper"
Main cast member in fifth season
|1997–2003||Just Shoot Me!||Roland Devereaux||Episode 7.15: "A Simple Kiss of Fate"|
|2000||Bette||Himself||Episode 1.15: "Polterguest"|
|2002||Son of the Beach||Father of B.J.'s Baby||Episode 3.14: "Bad News, Mr. Johnson"|
|2004–05||Las Vegas||Fred Puterbaugh||Appeared in three episodes|
|2006||Two and a Half Men||Archie Baldwin||Episode 3.17: "The Unfortunate Little Schnauzer"|
|2010||WWE Raw||Himself||Guest Host|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Himself (Cameo)||Episode 36.14: Host: Dana Carvey|
|2011-12||Hot in Cleveland||Homeless man/Artie||Recurring role|
|2012-||Mr. Box Office||Bobby Gold||Main cast member|
- Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget (2008) - Himself
- Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen (2011) - Himself
- Cranium Command (1989) - Right Brain
- The Critic (webisodes) (2000–2001) - Jay Sherman
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- AdamCarolla.com (2011). Universal Live Show. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
- "World Wrestling Entertainment". Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- Jon Lovitz at the Internet Movie Database
- Jon Lovitz at the Internet Broadway Database
- Jon Lovitz On MySpace.com
|MTV Movie Awards host
1995 (with Courteney Cox)
Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller