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When Jon Lovitz Performed an Original Play on Live TV

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When introducing Jon Lovitz for one of his many appearances on Late Night, Conan O'Brien summed the man up perfectly when he described [...]

The Lost Roles of Norm Macdonald

While not the most versatile SNL cast member ever, Norm Macdonald is certainly one of the most beloved in the show’s storied history, having achieved cult hero status with comedy fans for his blunt, aloof style and his razor-sharp wit. Since he was ousted from the Weekend Update desk and subsequently left Saturday Night Live, Macdonald has struggled to find the proper vehicle for his comedy in the world of TV and films. His sitcoms (The Norm Show, A Minute with Stan Hooper) and Sports Show didn’t last long, while his movies (Dirty Work, Screwed) both flopped. Still, Norm Macdonald’s one of the funniest guys around, whether it be [...]

Saturday Night’s Children: Jon Lovitz (1985-1990)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

In the history of Saturday Night Live, no cast member played the smug bastard or flamboyant ham as skillfully and consistently as Jon Lovitz. Best known for his deadpan theatrical delivery and mastery of playing naggy and/or villainous characters like Tommy Flanagan the Pathological Liar, Annoying Man, and the Devil, Lovitz was hired by Michaels for SNL's pivotal eleventh season, and along with [...]

Looking Back at Jon Lovitz's 1998 Sitcom Pilot, 'The Jon Lovitz Show'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Back in 1998, Jon Lovitz co-created and starred in a pilot for an ABC comedy called The Jon Lovitz Show that was passed over by the network. The pilot was a multi-camera sitcom in which Lovitz played a fictionalized version of himself, as an actor who's so self-obsessed that he's cartoonishly jerky to everyone around him. Coming just a few years after ABC canceled Lovitz's animated show, The Critic, he co-scripted The Jon Lovitz Show with Mike Langworthy, a writer/producer [...]

The Zinger And The Warlock King: The Roast Of Charlie Sheen

The most interesting part about watching the Charlie Sheen roast, which aired last nigh, is that Charlie Sheen isn't crazy anymore. Well, not actively, undiagnosed-manic-episode crazy. It's been months since Sheen did anything outlandish or potentially career-ending, and it's been practically half a year since the first, second and third wave of Charlie Sheen jokes swept across America. On Sunday, Sheen extended an olive branch to the new cast of Two And A Half Men at the Emmys, even that troll Jon Cryer. But while Donald Trump, Pam Anderson and Flavor Flav are still going to wake up everyday and make a career out being the same colorful [...]

Jon Lovitz Comes to Twitter, Can't Get Himself Verified

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I"m at 79 followers… going for a billion… that's right!!! A billion!!! Anyone with connections to China????less than a minute ago via webJon Lovitzrealjonlovitz

Pre-Internet icons made incredible breakthroughs on Twitter in the last month, most notably Charlie Sheen's garnering one million followers in record time and Howard Stern doing a running Private Parts commentary during a random afternoon airing on HBO (inspiring television execs to reconsider strategies [...]

The Dream of 90s Is Alive in 'Mr. Box Office'

Before you get too excited, no, Mr. Box Office is not a Mr. Show prequel, it's anything but.  Mr. Box Office (or Mr. B.O. as mocking people will call it) is a first-run syndicated sitcom, starring Bill Bellamy, Jon Lovitz, Vivica A. Fox, Gary Busey, Keshia Knight Pullman (Rudy from The Cosby Show), Tim Meadows, and Rick Fox. Imagine how amazingly huge this show would have been in the 90s with a post-Independence Day Vivica A. Fox, a post-The Critic Jon Lovitz, a in his playing prime Rick Fox, a equally as crazy but less publically so Gary Busey, a pre-trying to have a movie career Bill Bellamy. [...]

Jon Lovitz, Patrice O'Neal, and Amy Schumer Join the Dark Chaos of the Charlie Sheen Roast

Venerated comedy icons Mike Tyson and Steve-O will be joined on the Charlie Sheen Roast dais by Jon Lovitz, Patrice O'Neal, and Amy Schumer. Lovitz may not have been doing much in the past few decades (wait, scratch that, his Wikipedia page says he did play the role of "Homeless man" on Hot in Cleveland), but at least these three are, you know, comedians. And the addition of Schumer, along with previous roaster Anthony Jeselnik, should be a particularly exciting injection of youth into the roast proceedings.

In case you were getting worried that the Charlie Sheen roast wouldn't be a ridiculous exercise in insanity and randomness, [...]