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Jonathan Michael Lovitz (born July 21, 1957) is an American comedian, actor and singer, best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. He starred as Jay Sherman in The Critic and has appeared in numerous other television series and films.
Lovitz in 2008
|Birth name||Jonathan Michael Lovitz|
July 21, 1957 |
Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Genres||Sketch comedy, observational comedy, improvisational comedy|
Lovitz was born Jonathan Michael Lovitz in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California July 21, 1957. His father was a doctor. His family is Jewish and Hungarian (they emigrated from Romania, Hungary, and Russia).
Saturday Night LiveEdit
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 film 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 an old Humphrey Bogart line "Yeah! That's the ticket!" as a catchphrase to punctuate painfully elaborated implausible lies. Other recurring characters included Annoying Man, Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, Harvey Fierstein, and Michael Dukakis. In a 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live, he portrayed 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 Lovitz's 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 1985–86 series Foley Square, starring Margaret Colin.
Lovitz was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as Celebrity Apprentice 8), playing for the charity St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He was the 6th contestant fired, finishing in 11th place and raising $50,000 for his charity.
Lovitz has lent his voice to several cartoons and films. In 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.
Lovitz performed a duet with Robbie Williams on Williams' album Swing When You're Winning (2001), in the song "Well, Did You Evah." He also performed on the hit series Two and a Half Men singing "We Are the Orphans" and beat Charlie (Charlie Sheen) out of the award for best jingle writer.
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.
Between 1999 and 2000 Lovitz appeared in a $33 million advertising campaign that featured a series of television commercials promoting the Yellow Pages. The comic premise was to present Lovitz as the Yellow Pages' author. One of them featured Lovitz saying, "The hardest thing to do is to come up with a simple idea that is also great. And I just thought, 'Oh, the alphabet!' " 
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast TheatreEdit
In 2009, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club location on Universal CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood opened. A comic short film starring Ken Davitian ('Borat') and featuring Lovitz was filmed there, directed by 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.
On May 29, 2011, the name was changed to the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre. A premiere event called Podammit was held, 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 & Silent Bob Get Old with Jason Mewes, as well as The ABCs of SNL with 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 hosted other podcasts such as Rob Paulsen's Talkin' Toons (which subsequently left in October 2013). On June 15, 2013, Smith detailed the falling out in a podcast. The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theater closed on November 5, 2014.
|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||American Tail: Fievel Goes West, AnAn American Tail: Fievel Goes West||Chula||Voice role|
|1992||Buzz, TheThe Buzz||Unknown|
|1992||League of Their Own, AA 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||Great White Hype, TheThe Great White Hype||Sol|
|1996||High School High||Richard Clark||Lead Role|
|1998||Wedding Singer, TheThe 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||Stepford Wives, TheThe Stepford Wives||Dave Markowitz|
|2005||Bailey's Billion$||Bailey||Voice role|
|2005||Pancho's Pizza||Unknown||Short film|
|2005||Producers, TheThe Producers||Mr. Marks|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||"My eyes are up here" Penguin||Voice role
|2006||Benchwarmers, TheThe Benchwarmers||Mel|
|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||Grown Ups 2||Squats Fitness Janitor|
|2013||Jungle Master||Mula||Voice role|
|2013||Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie||The Mad Scientist|
|2014||Birds of Paradise||Skeeter||Voice role|
|2015||A Mouse Tale||King of Mice||Voice role|
|2015||Hotel Transylvania 2||The Phantom of the Opera||Voice role|
|2015||The Ridiculous 6||Ezekiel Grant|
|2016||Mother's Day||Wally Burn|
|1984||Paper Chase, TheThe 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||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Various characters (including Jay Sherman and Artie Ziff) (voices)||Appeared in eleven episodes|
|1993||League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own||Ernie Capadino||Episode 1.1: "Dottie's Back"|
|1994–95||Critic, TheThe Critic||Jay Sherman (voice)||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||Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth||Acer Predburn||Episode 2.8: "The Scoop"|
|1997–99||NewsRadio||Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States
|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"|
|1997||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode 23.5: "Jon Lovitz/Jane's Addiction"|
|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||4 Episodes|
|2012–13||Mr. Box Office||Bobby Gold||Main cast member|
|2013–14||New Girl||Rabbi Feiglin||Episode 3.05: "The Box"|
|2014||Sing Your Face Off||Himself||Contestant|
Old Ben (voice)
|Episode 1.09: "Squirrels, Part II"|
|2016||The $100,000 Pyramid||Himself/Celebrity Guest||Episode: Jon Lovitz vs. Deion Sanders|
|2017||The New Celebrity Apprentice||Himself/Contestant||11th place|
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