Jon Lovitz has been one of the best known comedians for the last
thirty five years. He got his start acting in High School plays and
developing his skills at the University of California, Irvine where he
earned a B.A. in Drama. He also studied acting with Tony Barr at the
Film Actors Workshop. At the advice of Tony Barr, Jon decided to
concentrate solely on comedy.
He began taking classes with the
famous improv comedy group, “The Groundlings” in 1982. One year later,
after being accepted into “The Sunday Company”, Jon got his first acting
job on the television show “The Paper Chase: the Second Year”. Thinking
he was on his way, he promptly quit his job at a clothing store…and
became a messenger. The next three years – nothing!!! Then, in September
of 1984, he was accepted into the main company at “The Groundlings”.
March 28, 1985, “The Groundlings” appeared on “The Tonight Show with
Johnny Carson” where Jon premiered his character “Tommy Flanagan of
Pathological Liars Anonymous”. Following the introduction of this
persona, Jon got an agent, and booked a movie, a series, a voice over
for a cartoon, and “Saturday Night Live”.
Jon has been working
non-stop since. He was nominated for an Emmy his first two years on
“Saturday Night Live”. While on SNL, he became known for his characters
“Tommy Flanagan of the Pathological Liars Anonymous” (“Year, that’s the
ticket”), “Master Thespian”, “Hanukkah Harry”, and “the Devil”. He has
appeared in numerous films, including “Big”, “A League of Their Own”,
“The Wedding Singer”, “High School High”, “Small Time Crooks”, “Rat
Race”, “The Producers”, “Eight Crazy Nights”, “The Benchwarmers”, and
“Grown Ups 2”, among many others. He has also worked with acclaimed
directors such as Penny Marshall, Rob Reiner, Jerry Zucker, and Woody
Along with his comedy, Jon is well known for his
distinctive voice. He was the lead voice for the character “Jay Sherman”
in the acclaimed cult cartoon series, “The Critic”. He has also
appeared in twelve episodes of “The Simpsons”, even creating the
character of Marge Simpson’s boyfriend, “Artie Ziff” (who sounds
suspiciously like Jay Sherman).
Jon has also 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 has sung (yes,
he can sing!) at Carnegie Hall three times (including “Great
Performances: Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall) and
sung the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium and the U.S. Open. He also
sang with English rock star, Robbie Williams at the Royal Alpert Hall
and appears on his album, “Swing While You’re Winning!”
also had an illustrious television career. He was the first famous guest
star on the hit show “Friends”. In the same week, he appeared on an
episode of Seinfeld. Jon also had a recurring roles on “Hot in
Cleveland”, “Las Vegas”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Hawaii Five-O”, and “New
For the last ten years Jon has pursued a career as a
stand-up comedian. He is one of the few performers to start as an actor
and then become a stand-up comedian who successfully headlines
nightclubs, theatres, and casinos across the country.
Jon is set to appear in “Killing Hasselhoff”, “The Ridiculous 6”, and
“Bark Ranger”, as well as headline numerous comedy shows across the
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