By Michelle Carlson
Comedian, actor and writer Jon Lovitz adds a new role to his list of credits as he becomes proprietor of The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, a gala new comedy showcase that will become the first new comedy club to be introduced in Los Angeles in the past 30 years when it opens its doors at Universal CityWalk this week.
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, also the first new U.S. comedy club to bear a star’s name since Rodney Dangerfield opened Dangerfield’s in New York in 1969, marks the two-time Emmy® Award nominee’s first venture into nightclub ownership. The former “Saturday Night Live” star, who has appeared in over 30 movies and dozens of television series and specials, will perform regularly at the approximately 400-seat club, and will play a leading role in booking a performance line-up that will blend veteran stars with comedy’s top newcomers.
To buy tickets to the comedy club or to obtain a calendar of upcoming shows, visit the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club Web site at TheJonLovitzComedyClub.com.
“This will be unlike anything anybody has ever experienced at a comedy club and it’s certain to be a smashing success. We’re offering great comedy, great food and an atmosphere of a tropical beach resort. It’s so real, the club is indoors and I still got a tan,” said Jon Lovitz.
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club will feature a variety of dinner and snack choices from Mulberry Street Pizza, Jerry’s Famous Deli and gourmet food from The Perfect Bite. Drinks from a full bar will be available.
Emmy Award nominee production designer, Bruce Ryan, designed the club in partnership with Jon Lovitz and his business partner, Frank Kelly, one of the country’s leading top comedy club managers.
Jon Lovitz is a California native, born and raised in the L.A. suburb of Tarzana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California Irvine before joining “The Groundlings Theater” in Hollywood. It was at The Groundlings that Lovitz was approached by Lorne Michaels to join “Saturday Night Live.” As a cast member on SNL, Lovitz made characters like “The Liar” a pop-culture phenomenon, inciting fans to repeat his catch phrase “Yeah, that’s the ticket.” After leaving “Saturday Night Live,” Lovitz went on to co-star in such films as “A League of Their Own,” “City Slickers,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Benchwarmers” and more. He has also appeared in television episodes of “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Las Vegas,” as well as lending his voice to characters on “The Simpson’s” and “The Critic.” In 2004, Lovitz added stand-up comedian to his resume, touring comedy clubs nationwide. Lovitz’s latest project is opening his own comedy club at the Universal CityWalk in May 2009.