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Jonathan Michael Lovitz

(1957-07-21) July 21, 1957 (age 66)
Education University of California, Irvine
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active 1984–present

Jonathan Michael Lovitz (/ˈlʌvɪts/; born July 21, 1957) is an American actor and comedian. Lovitz is best known for his tenure as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. Outside of SNL, he starred as Jay Sherman in The Critic and played a baseball scout in A League of Their Own. He has performed in 20 episodes of The Simpsons.

Early life

Lovitz was born on July 21, 1957, in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, to Harold and Barbara Lovitz. His family is Jewish, and emigrated from Romania, Hungary, and Russia. His paternal grandfather, Feivel Ianculovici, left Romania around 1914. After arriving in the United States, he Americanized his name to Phillip Lovitz.

In a 2011 interview, Lovitz described his comedic influences:

In college, Lovitz was friends with David Kudrow, brother of Lisa Kudrow, and went on a backpacking trip across Europe and Israel with him in 1978. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama in 1979, 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 castmate 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 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. His other recurring characters and impersonations included Annoying Man, Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, David Crosby, Harvey Fierstein, and Michael Dukakis. In a 1986 SNL episode, 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. He is asked to fill in when Santa falls ill on Christmas Eve.

On February 15, 2015, on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, he was named by Steve Martin as one of the many SNL cast members who had died over the years, with the camera cutting to show Lovitz's reaction. Later, his image was seen in a montage of deceased SNL members, with the camera once again cutting to his now "outraged" reaction.

Television series

Lovitz's first stint as a regular in a situation comedy was that of Mole, an investigator for a New York City district attorney's office, in the short-lived 1985–86 series Foley Square, starring Margaret Colin. He was cast to replace Phil Hartman on NewsRadio upon the late actor's untimely death.

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 sixth contestant fired, finishing in 11th place and raising $50,000 for his charity.

Voice work

Lovitz has lent his voice to several cartoons and films. In The Critic, he played the title character Jay Sherman (using his regular speaking voice). He has made several appearances on The Simpsons—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", 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 that of T.R. Chula the tarantula in Amblimation's An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.


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 TV series Two and a Half Men singing "Save the Orphans" and beating Charlie (Charlie Sheen) out of the award for best jingle writer.

Broadway theatre

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.

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 album.

Commercial work

In the 1990s he was the voice for Red in commercials for M&M's.

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!'"

In 2006, he became the spokesman in an advertising campaign for the Subway restaurant chain.

In 2020, Lovitz starred in commercials for Playology, a brand of toys for aging dogs. They featured him with disparaging puppies, asking for senior dogs to get their due.

Stand-up comedy

Lovitz began his stand-up career in 2003 at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.

The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre

In 2009, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club location on Universal CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood opened. A comic short film starring Ken Davitian and featuring Lovitz was filmed there, directed by Brent Roske and written by Aaron Davitian.

The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal Studios Hollywood was home to the first MMA Roasted standup comedy show in 2009.

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 six-episode This Is Your Life-style biographical interview about Lovitz's life and career. The Club periodically hosted other podcasts such as Rob Paulsen's Talkin' Toons (which subsequently left in October 2013). The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theater closed on November 5, 2014.

Personal life

Lovitz resides in Beverly Hills, California. He is friends with Sean Penn and Adam Sandler. He was also friends with Penny Marshall and Phil Hartman. He has described Hartman as "the big brother I always wanted".

Politically, Lovitz is a supporter of the Democratic Party. However, he was an outspoken critic of former President Barack Obama. .....

In June 2021, Lovitz criticized cancel culture and compared it to McCarthyism. He claimed that it made comedians' jobs increasingly difficult, saying, "If you don't have the ability to laugh at yourself, don't go to a comedy club," and "If you're watching TV and you don't like the show, change the channel. It's very simple."



Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hamburger: The Motion Picture Security guard
Last Resort Bartender
Jumpin' Jack Flash Doug
Ratboy Party guest
Three Amigos Morty
1987 The Brave Little Toaster Radio Voice
1988 Big Scotty Brennen
My Stepmother Is an Alien Ron Mills
1990 Mr. Destiny Clip Metzler
1991 American Tail: Fievel Goes West, AnAn American Tail: Fievel Goes West T.R. Chula Voice
1992 League of Their Own, AA League of Their Own Ernie Capadino
Mom and Dad Save the World Emperor Tod Spengo
Buzz, TheThe Buzz Unknown
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Becker
Coneheads Dr. Rudolph Uncredited
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Glen Robbins
North Arthur Belt
Trapped in Paradise Dave Firpo
1996 For Goodness Sake II Unknown
Great White Hype, TheThe Great White Hype Sol
Matilda Mickey Uncredited
High School High Richard Clark
1998 Wedding Singer, TheThe Wedding Singer Jimmie Moore Uncredited
Happiness Andy Kornbluth
1999 Lost & Found Uncle Harry
2000 Small Time Crooks Benny
Little Nicky Peeper
Sand Kirby
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Jay Peterson
Cats & Dogs Calico Voice
Rat Race Randall "Randy" Pear
Good Advice Barry Sherman
2002 Eight Crazy Nights Tom Blazer Voice
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Sidney Wernick
2004 Stepford Wives, TheThe Stepford Wives Dave Markowitz
2005 Bailey's Billion$ Bailey Voice
Pancho's Pizza Unknown Short film
Producers, TheThe Producers Mr. Marks
2006 Benchwarmers, TheThe Benchwarmers Mel
Southland Tales Bart Bookman
Farce of the Penguins "My eyes are up here" Penguin Voice; Direct-to-DVD release
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Rob Direct-to-DVD release
2010 Casino Jack Adam Kidan
2012 Jewtopia Dennis Lipschitz
Hotel Transylvania Quasimodo Voice
A Mouse Tale King of Mice Voice
2013 Jungle Master Mulla Voice
Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie The Mad Scientist
Bula Quo! Wilson
Grown Ups 2 Squats Fitness Janitor
Almost Sharkproof Max
2014 Birds of Paradise Skeeter Voice
Coffee Shop Frank Miller
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 The Phantom of the Opera Voice
The Ridiculous 6 Ezekiel Grant
Bark Ranger Ranger Voice
2016 Mother's Day Wally Burn
2017 Sandy Wexler Testimonial
Killing Hasselhoff Barry
Chasing the Blues Lincoln Groome
2018 Bachelor Lions Alfred Brownberry
Paws P.I. Jackson Voice
2019 Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls Mel Carmichael
Hooked Mr. Campbell
2020 Influence Gregg Anderson
Agent Toby Barks Toby Voice
The Swing of Things Jon Johnston
2021 Extinct Conch Voice
Tales of a Fifth Grade Robin Hood John Prince
Love on the Rock Alex Wingrave
Lacy's Christmas Do-Over Santa's Elf Voice
Ace & the Christmas Miracle Ace Voice
TBA Lost & Found in Cleveland TBA


Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase Levitz Episode 2.18: "Billy Pierce"
1985–1986 Foley Square Mole Regular cast member
1985–1992 Saturday Night Live Various characters Main cast member; appeared in 92 episodes
1991 Tales from the Crypt Barry Blye Episode 3.5: "Top Billing"
Married... with Children Jeff Littlehead Episode 6.10: "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2"
1991–present Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Artie Ziff, Jay Sherman, Aristotle Amadopolis, Professor Lombardo, other various characters Voices; 20 episodes
1992, 1994 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode 1.03: "The Spiders Episode" and Episode 3.11: "Larry Loses a Friend"
1993 A League of Their Own Ernie Capadino Episode 1.1: "Dottie's Back"
1994–1995 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 ... Guy" and 9.14: "The One with the Blind Dates"
1997 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Acer Predburn Episode 2.8: "The Scoop"
1997–1999 NewsRadio Ulysses S. Grant
Mike Johnson
Max Lewis
Episode 3.20: "Our Fiftieth Episode"
Episode 4.1: "Jumper"
Main cast member in fifth season
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"
2003 Just Shoot Me! Roland Devereaux Episode 7.15: "A Simple Kiss of Fate"
2004–2005 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: "Dana Carvey/Linkin Park"
2011–2012 Hot in Cleveland Homeless man/Artie 4 episodes
2012–2015 Mr. Box Office Bobby Gold Main cast member
2013–2014 New Girl Rabbi Feiglin Episode 3.05: "The Box"; Episode 3.16: "Sister"
2014 Sing Your Face Off Himself Contestant
2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Queen Gabnidine Voice; Episode: "To Smell and Back"
Hawaii Five-O Barry Burns Episode 5.17 "Kuka'awale"; Episode 5.21 "Ua helele'i ka koku"
2016–2018 Animals. Himself
Old Ben
Voices; Episode 1.09 "Squrriels Part I"; Episode 1.10 "Squrriels Part II"; Episode 2.04 "Squrriels"
2016, 2018 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/Celebrity Guest Episode: "Jon Lovitz vs. Deion Sanders"; Episode: "Jon Lovitz vs. Bobby Moynihan"
2017 The New Celebrity Apprentice Himself/Contestant 11th place
Justice League Action Sid Sharp Voice; 1.35 "Superman's Pal, Sid Sharp"
2017–2020 Funny You Should Ask Himself/Celebrity Comic 257 episodes
2018 Insatiable Father Schwartz Episode 1.09 "Bad Kitty"
Mogulettes Amnon Television movie
2019 The Goldbergs Jimmie Moore Episode 6.11 "The Wedding Singer"
The Cool Kids Kip Samgood Episode 1.19 "Kip Samgood's Biggest Fan"
Jackie and the Next-Neighbor Girls Johnny Bodine 41 episodes
Historical Roasts Franklin D. Roosevelt Episode 1.03 "Anne Frank"
Anything but A..Man..Da! Michael Stein Episode 1.01 "Pilot"
2020 Saturday Night Live Alan Dershowitz Episode 45.11 "Adam Driver/Halsey"
Bitmoji TV Justin Bieber Voice; Episode 1.04 "Demon Bear"
Holey Moley Himself/Captain Long Jon Lovitz Episode 2.01 "Literally Jumping the Shark"; 2.05 "Where the Herd At?": 2.06 "Don't Attempt This in Clogs"
A.P. Bio Robin Schwonk Episode 3.02 "Disgraced"
2021 The Potwins Henry Episode: "Blue Collar
Paper Empire Stan Katz Episode 1.06 "The Anderson Files"
2023 The Tonight Show George Santos Episode 1782: "Colin Jost/Kenya Barris"
The Masked Singer Himself Season 8, Episode 8: "Comedy Roast Night"


Web series credits
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself/Guest Episode: "178"
2020 GPS Distress Manager, NavTerrain Season 5, Episode 10

Other work

  • 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

See also

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