Comedian and actor Jon Lovitz talks to us about why he prefers stand-up comedy to acting, his advice for aspiring comedians, and his favorite Philadelphia eatery.
When we hear the name Jon Lovitz, we immediately think of his long list of experiences. He was a longtime cast member on Saturday Night Live, in which his first two years on the show led to an Emmy nomination, before he made the transition over to the big screen with roles in popular films, including Big, The Wedding Singer, and Grown Ups 2, among countless others. And it doesn't seem like this funny man is planning on slowing down any time soon: Lovitz will be front and center when he stops by Helium Comedy Club for his performances on April 14-16.
Before he lands in the City of Brotherly Love, we caught up with the comedian to talk about Philly cheesesteaks, SNL, and more.
His advice to young, aspiring comedians: "Don’t try to act like a stand-up. Be yourself and be funny the way you are funny: You are presenting your sense of humor to the audience. Also, as Johnny Carson told comics when they asked him for advice, get to the jokes as quick as you can."
His favorite city to perform in: "Honestly, I look forward to each new city. I’ve been to Philadelphia before and it’s a great town."
What he prefers when it comes to SNL,movies, TV, Broadway, and stand-up comedy: "I like to do stand-up because I get to write and perform my own material, like I used to on SNL."
Where you can find him eating in the City of Brotherly Love: "I like Pat’s! Great Philly cheesesteak. And, get this, Pat’s daughter takes care of my cats—she is a vet!"