Jon Lovitz

Jonathan Michael Lovitz[1] (/ˈloʊvɪts/; born July 21, 1957)[2] is an American comedian, actor, voice actor and singer. He is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. He starred as Jay Sherman in The Critic and has appeared in numerous other television series and films.

His film credits include roles in The Brave Little Toaster, Rat Race, Big, A League of Their Own, The Wedding Singer, High School High, and The Benchwarmers.

Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Gala 2014 (cropped)
Lovitz in 2014
Birth nameJonathan Michael Lovitz
BornJuly 21, 1957 (age 61)
Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active1984–present
GenresSketch comedy, observational comedy, improvisational comedy

Early life

Lovitz was born Jonathan Michael Lovitz on July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California. His father was a doctor.[2] His family is Jewish (they emigrated from Romania, Hungary, and Russia).[3]

Career

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. Other recurring characters included Annoying Man, Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, Harvey Fierstein, and Michael Dukakis. In a 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live, 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. Harry 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.[4]

Television series

Lovitz's first stint as a regular in a situation comedy was as Mole, an investigator for a New York City district attorney's office, in the short-lived 1985–86 series Foley Square, starring Margaret Colin.

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 6th contestant fired, finishing in 11th place and raising $50,000 for his charity.

Voiceover work

Lovitz has lent his voice to several cartoons and films. In The Critic, he played the title character of Jay Sherman (using his regular speaking voice). He has made several appearances on The Simpsons, including 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, which was a crossover with The Critic). He was also the voice of Radio in the Hyperion-produced, Disney-distributed animated movie The Brave Little Toaster, along with T.R. Chula the tarantula in Amblimation's An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, and he lent his voice for a promo video for the video game Banjo-Kazooie.

Music

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 hit series Two and a Half Men singing "Save the Orphans" and beat 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

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!' " [5][6]

In 2006, he became the spokesman in an advertising campaign for the Subway restaurant chain.[7]

Stand-up comedy

In 2003, Lovitz began his stand-up career at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.[8]

Personal life

Feud with Andy Dick

On July 10, 2007, Lovitz and former Newsradio costar Andy Dick got into a physical confrontation at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. The two had a history of several previous disagreements concerning the death of their mutual friend Phil Hartman. According to Lovitz, Dick had given Hartman's wife Brynn cocaine at a Christmas party at Hartman's house in 1997; Brynn, a recovering addict, fell back into drug use, culminating in her killing Hartman and herself on May 28, 1998. When Lovitz joined the cast of Newsradio as Hartman's replacement, he and Dick got into an argument in which Lovitz reportedly said "I wouldn't be here if you hadn't given Brynn coke in the first place." Lovitz reportedly later apologized to Dick for the remark.[9]

In early 2007, Dick approached Lovitz at a restaurant and said "I put the Phil Hartman hex on you—you're the next to die."[10] At the Laugh Factory, Lovitz demanded an apology from Dick, who refused and accused Lovitz of blaming him for Hartman's death. Lovitz then smashed Dick's head into the bar.[10]

The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre

In 2009, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club location on Universal CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood opened.[11] A comic short film starring Ken Davitian ('Borat') and featuring Lovitz was filmed there, directed by Brent Roske and written by Aaron Davitian. Weekly episodes of The Adam Carolla Show, a podcast hosted by comedian Adam Carolla, have been recorded at the City Walk location since early 2011.[12]

The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal Studios Hollywood was home to the first MMA Roasted standup comedy show[13] 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 6-episode 'This Is Your Life' style biographical interview about Lovitz's life and career.[14] 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.[15]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hamburger... The Motion Picture Security guard
1986 Last Resort Bartender
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Doug
1986 Ratboy Party guest
1986 Three Amigos Morty
1987 The Brave Little Toaster Radio Voice role
1988 Big Scotty Brennen
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Ron Mills
1990 Mr. Destiny Clip Metzler
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Chula Voice role
1992 A League of Their Own Ernie Capadino
1992 Mom and Dad Save the World Emperor Tod Spengo
1992 The Buzz Unknown
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Becker
1993 Coneheads Dr. Rudolph
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Glen Robbins
1994 North Arthur Belt
1994 Trapped in Paradise Dave Firpo
1996 For Goodness Sake II Unknown
1996 The Great White Hype Sol
1996 Matilda Mickey Uncredited
1996 High School High Richard Clark Lead Role
1998 The Wedding Singer Jimmie Moore Uncredited
1998 Happiness Andy Kornbluth
1999 Lost & Found Uncle Harry
2000 Small Time Crooks Benny
2000 Little Nicky Peeper
2000 Sand Kirby
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Jay Peterson
2001 Cats & Dogs Calico Voice role
2001 Rat Race Randall "Randy" Pear
2001 Good Advice Barry Sherman
2002 Eight Crazy Nights Tom Baltezor Voice role
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Sidney Wernick
2004 The Stepford Wives Dave Markowitz
2005 Bailey's Billion$ Bailey Voice role
2005 Pancho's Pizza Unknown Short film
2005 The Producers Mr. Marks
2006 The Benchwarmers Mel
2006 Southland Tales Bart Bookman
2006 Farce of the Penguins "My eyes are up here" Penguin Voice role
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
2012 Hotel Transylvania Quasimodo Voice role
2012 A Mouse Tale King of Mice Voice role
2013 Jungle Master Mulla Voice role
2013 Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie The Mad Scientist
2013 Bula Quo! Wilson
2013 Grown Ups 2 Squats Fitness Janitor
2014 Birds of Paradise Skeeter Voice role
2014 Coffee Shop Frank Miller
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 The Phantom of the Opera Voice role
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Ezekiel Grant
2016 Mother's Day Wally Burn
2017 Killing Hasselhoff Barry

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Paper Chase Levitz Episode 2.18: "Billy Pierce"
1985–1986 Foley Square Mole Regular cast member
1985–92 Saturday Night Live Various characters Main cast member; appeared in 92 episodes
1991 Tales from the Crypt Barry Blye Episode 3.5: "Top Billing"
1991 Married... with Children Jeff Littlehead Episode 6.10: "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2"
1991–present The Simpsons Various characters (including Jay Sherman and Artie Ziff) (voices) Appeared in 16 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"
1994–95 The Critic Jay Sherman (voice) Appeared in all 33 episodes
1995 Seinfeld Gary Fogel Episode 6.13: "The Scofflaw"
1995, 2003 Friends Steve Episodes 1.15: "The One with the Stoned Guy" and 9.14: "The One with the Blind Dates"
1997 The Naked Truth Acer Predburn Episode 2.8: "The Scoop"
1997–99 NewsRadio Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States
Mike Johnson
Max Lewis
Episode 3.20: "Our Fiftieth Episode"
Episode 4.1: "Jumper"
Main cast member in fifth season
1997–2003 Just Shoot Me! Roland Devereaux Episode 7.15: "A Simple Kiss of Fate"
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"
2004–05 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[16]
2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (Cameo) Episode 36.14: Host: Dana Carvey
2011–12 Hot in Cleveland Homeless man/Artie 4 Episodes
2012–15 Mr. Box Office Bobby Gold Main cast member
2013–14 New Girl Rabbi Feiglin Episode 3.05: "The Box"; Episode 3.16: "Sister"
2014 Sing Your Face Off Himself Contestant
2015 Hawaii Five-O Barry Burns Episode 5.17 "Kuka'awale"; Episode 5.21 "Ua helele'i ka koku"
2016-18 Animals. Himself
Old Ben (voice)
Episode 1.09 "Squrriels Part I"; Episode 1.10 "Squrriels Part II"; Episode 2.04 "Squrriels"
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/Celebrity Guest Episode: Jon Lovitz vs. Deion Sanders
2017 The New Celebrity Apprentice Himself/Contestant 11th place
2017-18 Funny You Should Ask (2017 game show) Himself/Celebrity Comic 3 episodes
2017 Justice League Action Sid Sharp (voice) Episode 1.35 "Superman's Pal, Sid Sharp"
2018 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/Celebrity Guest Episode: Jon Lovitz vs. Bobby Moynihan
2018 Insatiable Father Schwartz Episode 1.09 "Bad Kitty"
2019 The Goldbergs Jimmie Moore Episode 6.11 “The Wedding Singer“
2019 The Cool Kids Kip Samgood Episode 1.19 “Kip Samgood’s Biggest Fan”
2019 Jackie and the Next-Neighbor Girls Johnny Bodine 41 episodes

Other work

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External links

Preceded by
Will Smith
MTV Movie Awards host
1995 (with Courteney Cox)
Succeeded by
Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller
Bailey's Billion$

Bailey's Billion$ is a 2005 Children's feature film produced and directed by David Devine and starring Dean Cain, Laurie Holden, Jennifer Tilly, Tim Curry and Jon Lovitz.

Good Advice

Good Advice is a 2001 comedy film starring Charlie Sheen, Angie Harmon, and Denise Richards. The film also features Jon Lovitz and Rosanna Arquette as a married couple in a supporting role.

Hanukkah Harry

Hanukkah Harry is a fictional character on Saturday Night Live played by Jon Lovitz.

Hanukkah Harry is portrayed on the show as a variation upon the modern-day image of Santa Claus, with a beard characteristic of a male adherent of Haredi Judaism, and with his hat in blue with white edges (the colors of an Ashkenazi Jewish tallit, or prayer shawl, shared by the flag of Israel).

High School High

High School High is a 1996 comedy film about an inner city high school in the Los Angeles, California area, starring Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, Louise Fletcher, Malinda Williams, and Brian Hooks. It is a spoof of movies concerning idealistic teachers being confronted with a class of cynical teenagers, disengaged by conventional schooling, and loosely parodies The Principal, Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, The Substitute, Stand and Deliver, and Grease. The film dedicated to the memory of casting director Elizabeth Leustig and actor Lexie Bigham both of whom were killed in automobile accidents shortly after filming was completed.

History of Saturday Night Live (1985–1990)

Saturday Night Live is an American sketch comedy series created and produced by Lorne Michaels for most of the show's run. The show has aired on NBC since 1975.

After the success that was the 1984–85 season, then-producer Dick Ebersol attempted to orchestrate a major retool of the show that included placing an emphasis on taped material over live material, which NBC declined. Ebersol then left. The show was almost canceled until original producer Michaels was reinstated. Michaels hired a younger and "hipper" cast that was unpopular with audiences and resulted in a season widely considered abysmal, the 1985–86 season.

Learning his lesson from the previous season, Michaels fired most of the cast and assembled a cast of unknowns for the 1986–87 season that included greats such as Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz. This cast, which would remain relatively stable until the 1990–91 season, would revive the show and make it once again relevant to American culture.

List of Saturday Night Live musical sketches

Saturday Night Live has featured many recurring characters that appear in sketches with a musical theme. In addition there are characters listed here who predominantly featured music, but may not have exclusively featured it.

Nick The Lounge Singer (Bill Murray) – April 16, 1977

The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi) – April 22, 1978

Candy Slice (Gilda Radner) – December 9, 1978

Buckwheat (Eddie Murphy) – October 10, 1981

Pudge & Solomon (Joe Piscopo, Eddie Murphy) – January 30, 1982

The Sweeney Sisters (Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Marc Shaiman) – October 18, 1986

Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein's Monster (Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman) – December 19, 1987

I'm Chillin' (Chris Rock, Chris Farley) – January 12, 1991

Opera Man (Adam Sandler) – April 18, 1992

Mighty Mack Blues (John Goodman) – March 25, 1995

G-Dog (Tim Meadows) – December 2, 1995

The Roxbury Guys (Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell) – March 23, 1996

The Culps (Ana Gasteyer, Will Ferrell) – November 2, 1996

Janet Reno's Dance Party (Will Ferrell) – January 11, 1997

The DeMarco Brothers (Chris Parnell, Chris Kattan) – March 15, 1997

Gunner Olsen (Jim Breuer) – March 7, 1998

7 Degrees Celsius (Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz) – January 16, 1999

Gemini's Twin (Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer) – November 4, 2000

Rap Street (Jerry Minor, Horatio Sanz) – November 18, 2000

Season's Greetings From Saturday Night Live (Christmas is Number One) (Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan) – December 16, 2000

The Kelly Brothers (Fred Armisen, Will Forte) – February 8, 2003

Mascots (Justin Timberlake) – October 11, 2003

The Prince Show (Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph) – February 14, 2004

The Lundford Twins Feel Good Variety Hour (Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler) – January 22, 2005

Deep House Dish (Kenan Thompson, Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg) – November 19, 2005

The Lawrence Welk Show (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – October 4, 2008

Les Jeunes de Paris (Taran Killam) - October 23, 2010

List of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live sketches, organized by the season and date in which the sketch first appeared.

For an alphabetical list, see Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed alphabetically).

Live at the Albert

"Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert" is a DVD that was released in December 2001 of the show performed on 10 October 2001; concert that Robbie Williams gave at Royal Albert Hall a month before the release of the album Swing When You're Winning. It has since been certified 6x Platinum in the United Kingdom and 2x Platinum in Germany.

After the end of the first song ("Have You Met Miss Jones?") he gave this emotive message:

The DVD included performances of nearly all of the songs from the album, with performances from Jonathan Wilkes, Jon Lovitz, and Jane Horrocks, as well as a live version of Robbie's 'duet' with Sinatra. Rupert Everett emceed, and Nicole Kidman attended the show, but neither performed their duets featured on the album (They Can't Take That Away From Me and Somethin' Stupid, respectively); these were the only songs from the album which did not feature live. Live at the Albert received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Long Form Video.On 13 March 2007 (five years after the release), the concert was re-released in High Definition (both in Blu-ray and in HD DVD)

Mr. Box Office

Mr. Box Office is an American sitcom that debuted in first-run syndication in the United States on September 22, 2012. The show was created by Byron Allen and produced by his production company, Entertainment Studios.

Mr. Destiny

Mr. Destiny is a 1990 fantasy comedy film starring James Belushi. Other actors in this film included Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz, Courteney Cox and Rene Russo.

My Stepmother Is an Alien

My Stepmother Is an Alien is a 1988 American comic science fiction film directed by Richard Benjamin. The film stars Kim Basinger as Celeste, a extraterrestrial woman sent on a secret mission to Earth, after her home planet's gravity is mistakenly disrupted by Steven Mills (Dan Aykroyd), a widowed scientist raising his daughter Jessie (Alyson Hannigan) as a single father.

The film's screenplay was written by Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris and Jonathan Reynolds, based on an earlier script by Jericho Stone, who originally pitched the film to Paramount Pictures as a drama which would serve as an allegory about child abuse. When Paramount optioned the story, they suggested that it would be more believable as a comedy. The film was unproduced for four years until Weintraub Entertainment Group put it into production in 1988.

My Stepmother Is an Alien was a box office failure, grossing $13.8 million against a $26 million budget. The film also received negative reviews from critics, with most of the responses panning the film's humor and screenplay. Basinger and costar Jon Lovitz generally received favorable reviews for their comedic performances. In the New York Times review, Aykroyd was singled out for criticism in his performance as a romantic lead.

Plumíferos

Plumíferos (Free Birds: Flying Adventures) is a 2010 Argentine computer-animated adventure comedy film, produced by CS Entertainment, Manos Digitales Animation Studio, and 100 Bares Producciones, and was released on February 18, 2010 in Argentina. The film was directed by Daniel DeFelippo and Gustavo Giannini.

The English-language version was released direct-to-video in the United States on 1 April 2014 titled Birds Of Paradise from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, featuring the voices of Ashley Tisdale, Drake Bell, Jon Lovitz, Ken Jeong, Jane Lynch, and Keith David.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed alphabetically)

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live sketches, organized alphabetically by title. The referenced date is the date when the sketch first appeared.

For a chronological list, see Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1985–1986

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between November 9, 1985, and May 24, 1986, the eleventh season of SNL.

Saturday Night Live characters appearing on Weekend Update

Weekend Update has been a platform for Saturday Night Live characters to grow and gain popularity ever since Gilda Radner used it to create Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna. Many cast members have used Update as the primary vehicle for a certain character. Don Novello was featured almost exclusively on the news segment as his breakout character, Father Guido Sarducci, and Tim Kazurinsky, in the face of Eddie Murphy's overshadowing popularity, created characters almost exclusively for Update. Before becoming an anchor on Update, Colin Quinn used the segment as his main sounding board as well.

Significant characters who appeared chiefly on Weekend Update are listed here in chronological order of their first appearance.

Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) – November 15, 1975

Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) – January 21, 1978 (first overall appearance was in a fake commercial called "Hire the Incompetent" which aired on the season 3 episode hosted by Charles Grodin)

Lester Crackfield (Al Franken) – February 18, 1978

Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) – May 13, 1978

Chico Escuela (Garrett Morris) – November 11, 1978

Big Vic Ricker (Harry Shearer) – January 26, 1980

Dr. Jack Badofsky (Tim Kazurinsky) – March 20, 1982

Siobhan Cahill (Mary Gross) – January 22, 1983

Dwight MacNamara (Gary Kroeger) – November 12, 1983

Worthington Clotman (Tim Kazurinsky) – January 28, 1984

Wayne Huevos (Tim Kazurinsky) – February 18, 1984

Lew Goldman (Billy Crystal) – October 13, 1984

Buddy Young, Jr. (Billy Crystal) – October 20, 1984

Nathan Thurm (Martin Short) – November 17, 1984

Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar (Jon Lovitz) – November 16, 1985

Babette (Nora Dunn) – April 19, 1986

Mr. Subliminal (Kevin Nealon) – October 11, 1986

A Grumpy Old Man (Dana Carvey) – February 11, 1989

Annoying Man (Jon Lovitz) – November 11, 1989

Queen Shenequa (Ellen Cleghorne) – October 26, 1991

Jan Brady (Melanie Hutsell) – January 11, 1992

Cajun Man (Adam Sandler) – February 8, 1992

Buster Jenkins (Chris Rock) – February 15, 1992

Opera Man (Adam Sandler) – April 18, 1992

Hank Fielding (Robert Smigel) – November 14, 1992

Bennett Brauer (Chris Farley) – April 10, 1993

The British Fops (Mark McKinney, David Koechner) – November 11, 1995

Joe Blow (Colin Quinn) – November 18, 1995

Gary Macdonald (David Koechner) – December 2, 1995

Lenny The Lion (Colin Quinn) – December 9, 1995

Cinder Calhoun (Ana Gasteyer) – November 23, 1996

Dominican Lou (Tracy Morgan) – March 22, 1997

Gunner Olsen (Jim Breuer) – March 7, 1998

Jacob Silj (Will Ferrell) – December 4, 1999

Jasper Hahn (Horatio Sanz) – January 8, 2000

Jeannie Darcy (Molly Shannon) – November 18, 2000

Gay Hitler (Chris Kattan) – October 13, 2001

Drunk Girl (Jeff Richards) – December 8, 2001

Fericito (Fred Armisen) – October 5, 2002

Tim Calhoun (Will Forte) – October 19, 2002

The Kelly Brothers (Fred Armisen, Will Forte) – February 8, 2003

Billy Smith (Fred Armisen) – October 18, 2003

Jorge Rodriguez (Horatio Sanz) – May 1, 2004

Jon Bovi (Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis) – October 7, 2006

Two Gay Guys from Jersey (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader) – October 28, 2006

Aunt Linda (Kristen Wiig) – December 2, 2006

Nicholas Fehn (Fred Armisen) – October 13, 2007

Roger A. Trevanti (Fred Armisen) – November 3, 2007 (was a one-shot character that gained a following on YouTube videos during the 2007–2008 Writers' Guild of America strike)

Judy Grimes (Kristen Wiig) – April 12, 2008

Jean K. Jean (Kenan Thompson) – March 8, 2008

Garth and Kat (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – December 19, 2009

Stefon (Bill Hader) – April 24, 2010 (first overall appearance was in a one-shot sketch on the season 34 episode hosted by Ben Affleck)

Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan) – October 2, 2010

Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan)

Best Friends from Growing Up (Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer)

The Girl You Wish You Never Started a Conversation With (Cecily Strong)

One-Dimensional Female Character In a Male-Driven Comedy (Cecily Strong)

Spoilers with Kevin Smith

Spoilers with Kevin Smith is a film review talk show that premiered June 4, 2012 on Hulu. The show, described as an "anti-movie review" show, is hosted by Kevin Smith and produced by Smith's SModcast Pictures.

A second season of Spoilers aired on The Comedy Network in Canada. Ten new half-hour episodes were shot in Los Angeles.The first series was filmed at "SModCo Studios", the upper floor of The Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre at City Walk in Universal Studios Hollywood. The second series was filmed at Raleigh Studios.

The Great White Hype

The Great White Hype is a 1996 American sports comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Berg, Damon Wayans, Jeff Goldblum, Jon Lovitz, Cheech Marin, John Rhys-Davies, Salli Richardson and Jamie Foxx.

The film is a satire of racial preferences in boxing, and was inspired by Larry Holmes's 1982 fight with Gerry Cooney (who was known as "The Great White Hope") and Mike Tyson's 1995 return fight vs. Peter McNeeley.The film was distributed by 20th Century Fox and released on May 3, 1996.

The Simpsons (season 30)

The thirtieth season of the animated television series The Simpsons premiered on Fox in the United States on September 30, 2018, and will end on May 12, 2019. Al Jean returns as showrunner, a position he has held since the thirteenth season. Matt Selman also contributed as showrunner for the episodes "Heartbreak Hotel", "Krusty the Clown", "The Clown Stays in the Picture" and "Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy". The series hit a milestone 650th episode on January 6, 2019 with the episode "Mad About the Toy".

The season features guest appearances from Dave Attel, Emily Deschanel, Gal Gadot, Jonathan Groff, Pete Holmes, Rhys Darby, Tracy Morgan, RuPaul, Bryan Batt, Lawrence O'Donnell, Patti LuPone, Marc Maron and Wallace Shawn. Longtime recurring guest star Jon Lovitz also returns several times in various roles, while the episode "Heartbreak Hotel" saw George Segal reprising the role of Nick from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that he'd originally played 52 years earlier. The five main cast members of Bob's Burgers also reprised their roles for a crossover couch gag in the episode "My Way or the Highway to Heaven".

In February 2019, writer Stephanie Gillis won the 2019 Writer's Guild Award for Animation for penning the season premiere episode "Bart's Not Dead". This season also features the first episode written by voice actor Nancy Cartwright with the episode "Girl's in the Band", making her the third of the six main cast members to have an episode to their name (Dan Castellaneta having penned many scripts since season 11 and Harry Shearer writing the season 28 episode "Trust But Clarify"). This also makes her the first female main cast member credited with a writing credit.

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