From Actor to Stand-Up Comic and a whole
lot in between. You may remember Jon Lovitz as a cast
member of “Saturday Night Live.” He was on the
show from 1985 to 1990 and was nominated for an Emmy
his first two years on Saturday Night Live. One of his
most notable SNL characters was “Tommy Flanagan,” the
pathological liar that generated the catch phrase,
"Yeah! That's The Ticket!"
Lovitz was born in
Tarzana, California to a Jewish couple. He
the only boy of five children and also has a twin
His father, a doctor, was an
immigrant from Albania who lived in
Florida, and later moved to California.
Jon attended and studied at the University of California
at Irvine and graduated with a B.A. in 1979.
While pursuing his acting career, as most aspiring actors,
he worked several jobs…. as a waiter, in a clothing store, a
messenger, in a xerox shop, shoe store, and as a hospital
Jon states that his time on “Saturday Night Live” was the most
memorable in his career. He went from having no money to being
can be heard in several
and films. In the series, “The Critic,” he played the
title character of Jay Sherman. On “The Simpsons” he
ex-prom date Artie Ziff, theater director Llewellyn Sinclair
(and his sister, who runs a day care center) on the season’s
In the late 1990’s, Lovitz was the man who wrote the “Yellow
Pages.” He also had a highly memorable cameo as a rival
crooner to Adam Sandler in the movie, “The Wedding Singer.”
Lovitz has also appeared on “Friends” twice, “The
One With The Stoned Guy” playing a man who came to see how
Monica cooks, and then "The One With The Blind Dates”
playing a man that was set up with Rachel by Phoebe. He appeared
on “Seinfeld” as Gary Fogel, the man who lies about
having cancer (The Scofflaw) and later dies in a car accident.
He has appeared on Broadway at the The Music Box Theater in Neil
Simon’s play “The Dinner Party,”
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
Albert Hall in the UK. The recording can be found on the
Swing When You’re Winning album.
comedy for the first time in his career. He also
appeared in the film “The Producers” as the strict
accounting firm chairman, Mr. Marx. In
he became the spokesperson in an advertising campaign for the
Subway restaurant chain.
Jon Lovitz has just completed his second successful stand
up appearance at the Orleans Hotel and Casino,
where I had an opportunity to interview Jon for my television
and radio show. He is truly a very talented and hard working
"Yeah! That's the ticket!