“Yeah! That’s the ticket!”
Former “Saturday Night Live” star and Emmy-nominated actor Jon Lovitz is coming to Baltimore for two nights only. Headlining at the Baltimore Comedy Factory for four performances on Friday and Saturday, Lovitz says he’s prepared his best material for the Baltimore crowd.
“I’m lucky because I’ve gotten to see the whole country touring my stand-up act,” said Lovitz. “I don’t change my show at all. I like to keep refining it and making it better.”
Performing as a regular on NBC sketch comedy show SNL from 1985 to 1990, Lovitz impersonated Harvey Fierstein and Michael Dukakis and created many classic characters such as Tommy Flanagan the Pathological Liar, Annoying Man, Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles and, of course, every Jewish kid’s favorite, Chanukah Harry.
Since SNL, Lovitz has appeared in numerous movies, television series and Broadway shows, including “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “City Slickers 2,” “Big,” “A League of Their Own,” “Eight Crazy Nights,” “The Dinner Party,” “Brave Little Toaster” and “High School High.”
“I’ve had a great career, but I have to say my two favorite movie roles were ‘City Slickers 2’ and ‘A League of Their Own,’” said Lovitz.
As a strong pro-Israel activist, Lovitz has spoken up for Israel through social media. Using his Twitter account to blast pro-Israel tweets, some of his most popular posts include, “Israel has every right to defend itself” and “If you don’t want a fight with Israel, don’t pick one.”
“First of all, I’m Jewish, so naturally, I’m biased,” he said. “But Israel is a democracy, and they’re defending themselves against terrorists. I don’t know how any American can be against Israel.”
Lovitz believes he can personally help out Israel by showing the country that it has America’s assistance.
“I think it helps the psyche of the Israeli people, in some small way, to know there are Americans who support them and aren’t afraid to say so,” he said.
So what’s next for Lovitz? Currently, he is working on a new comedy expected to come out in 2015.
“I’m doing a comedy with David Hasselhoff and Ken Jeong from ‘The Hangover’ called ‘Celebrity Death Pool.’ And I have to say, I think it is the funniest movie I’ve ever done,” he said. “They’re both great to work with, and we’re having a blast.”
Looking to see your favorite SNL and movie characters make cameos in his stand-up show? Think again. This show is 100 percent Lovitz.
“I don’t do characters from SNL. I’m just funny as myself,” said Lovitz. “I love telling stories. I make fun of religion, racism and myself. I also play piano, tell jokes and sing songs.”
For more information, go to baltimore comedy.com/shows.