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Jonathan Michael Lovitz[1] (born July 21, 1957)[2] is an American comedian, actor, and singer. He is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
from 1985 to 1990. He starred as Jay Sherman in The Critic
The Critic
and has appeared in numerous other television series and films. His film credits include roles in The Brave Little Toaster, Rat Race, Big, A League of Their Own, The Wedding Singer, High School High, and The Benchwarmers.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Saturday Night Live 2.2 Television
Television
series 2.3 Voiceover work 2.4 Music 2.5 Broadway theatre 2.6 Commercial work 2.7 Stand-up
Stand-up
comedy

3 The Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Other work

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Lovitz was born Jonathan Michael Lovitz in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California
California
July 21, 1957. His father was a doctor.[2] His family is Jewish (they emigrated from Romania, Hungary, and Russia).[3] Career[edit] Saturday Night Live[edit] Lovitz was a cast member of Saturday Night Live
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
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
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
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
Santa Claus
who lives on Mount Sinai
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. On February 15, 2015, on the Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
40th Anniversary Special, he was seen in the montage of deceased SNL members, with the camera cutting to him to show his reaction.[4] Television
Television
series[edit] 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
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. Voiceover work[edit] 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
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
The Brave Little Toaster
and he lent his voice for a promo video for the video game Banjo-Kazooie. Music[edit] Lovitz performed a duet with Robbie Williams
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
Two and a Half Men
singing "We Are the Orphans" and beat Charlie (Charlie Sheen) out of the award for best jingle writer. Broadway theatre[edit] He has appeared on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre
Music Box Theatre
in Neil Simon's play The Dinner Party, taking over the lead role from Henry Winkler. He sang at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
three times (including Great Performances' Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall) and sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium
and the U.S. Open. On October 10, 2001, Lovitz sang a duet (with Robbie Williams) of the song "Well, Did You Evah!" at the Royal Albert Hall. The recording can be found on the Swing When You're Winning
Swing When You're Winning
album. Commercial work[edit] 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!' " [5][6] In 2006, he became the spokesman in an advertising campaign for the Subway restaurant chain.[7] Stand-up
Stand-up
comedy[edit] In 2003, Lovitz began his stand-up career at the Laugh Factory
Laugh Factory
in Los Angeles.[8] The Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre[edit] In 2009, The Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Comedy Club location on Universal CityWalk
Universal CityWalk
in Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood
opened.[9] 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.[10] The Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Comedy Club in Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood
was home to the first MMA Roasted standup comedy show[11] in 2009.[citation needed] On May 29, 2011, the name was changed to the Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre. A premiere event called Podammit was held, in which Kevin Smith
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.[12] The Club periodically hosted other podcasts such as Rob Paulsen's Talkin' Toons (which subsequently left in October 2013). The Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Comedy Club & Podcast Theater closed on November 5, 2014.[13] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1986 Hamburger... The Motion Picture Security guard

1986 Last Resort Bartender

1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Doug

1986 Ratboy Party guest

1986 Three Amigos Morty

1987 The Brave Little Toaster Radio Voice role

1988 Big Scotty Brennen

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

1993 Coneheads Dr. Rudolph

1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Glen Robbins

1994 North Arthur Belt

1994 Trapped in Paradise Dave Firpo

1996 For Goodness Sake II Unknown

1996 Great White Hype, TheThe Great White Hype Sol

1996 Matilda Mickey Uncredited

1996 High School High Richard Clark Lead Role

1998 Wedding Singer, TheThe Wedding Singer Jimmie Moore Uncredited

1998 Happiness Andy Kornbluth

1999 Lost & Found Uncle Harry

2000 Small Time Crooks Benny

2000 Little Nicky Peeper

2000 Sand Kirby

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 Direct-to-DVD release

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 Jewtopia Dennis Lipschitz

2012 Hotel Transylvania Quasimodo Voice role

2013 Bula Quo! Wilson

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
Hotel Transylvania
2 The Phantom of the Opera Voice role

2015 The Ridiculous 6 Ezekiel Grant

2016 Mother's Day Wally Burn

2017 Killing Hasselhoff Barry

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

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

1992, 1994 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode 1.03: "The Spiders Episode" and Episode 3.11: "Larry Loses a Friend"

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 Mike Johnson Max Lewis 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[14]

2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (Cameo) Episode 36.14: Host: Dana Carvey

2011–12 Hot in Cleveland Homeless man/Artie 4 Episodes

2012–15 Mr. Box Office Bobby Gold Main cast member

2013–14 New Girl Rabbi Feiglin Episode 3.05: "The Box"; Episode 3.16: "Sister"

2014 Sing Your Face Off Himself Contestant

2016 Animals. Himself Old Ben (voice) Episode 1.09: "Squirrels, Part II"

2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/Celebrity Guest Episode: Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
vs. Deion Sanders

2017 The New Celebrity Apprentice Himself/Contestant 11th place

Other work[edit]

Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
(2008) - Himself Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen
(2011) - Himself Cranium Command
Cranium Command
(1989) - Right Brain The Critic
The Critic
(webisodes) (2000–2001) - Jay Sherman

References[edit]

^ https://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSdata.asp?ID=19404481 ^ a b " Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Biography (1957-)". FilmReference.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.  ^ Jewishbiography.com > Jewish Biography --> Biographies --> List of Jewish Actors and Actresses > Jon Lovitz. Retrieved on 2012-02-03. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (15 February 2015). "SNL includes still-living Jon Lovitz in its 'In Memoriam' segment". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 February 2015.  ^ Landwehr, Rebecca (Feb 13, 2000). "Lovitz returns as the face of the Yellow Pages". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2017-01-10.  ^ "Jon Lovitz's Yellow Pages". Youth'n Up!. Retrieved 2017-01-10.  ^ Gianatasio, David (March 31, 2006). "Lovitz Makes His Subway Debut in MMB Effort". Adweek. ISSN 0199-2864. Retrieved 2011-02-12.  ^ Rotter, Joshua. " Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Loves Stand-Up, Acting, and Singing — But Not in That Order". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2016-10-16.  ^ "Hollywood Docket: Jon Lovitz's Dispute With Comedy Club Manager Ends". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-16.  ^ AdamCarolla.com (2011). Universal Live Show Archived 2011-05-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved April 15, 2011. ^ Administrator. "History". www.mmaroast.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16.  ^ http://silentbobspeaks.com/?p=415 ^ Tillman, Christopher (November 5, 2014). "The Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Comedy Club Has Closed". Inside Universal. Retrieved 6 November 2014.  ^ "World Wrestling Entertainment". Retrieved 5 December 2010. 

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