As one of dozens of “Saturday Night Live” alumni who made lasting impressions on that late-night sketch show, Jon Lovitz could coast on his raft of memorable characters for the rest of his life. But like fellow mid-to-late ’80s cast member Kevin Nealon, Lovitz has carved out his own niche in recent years with film and TV roles and as a touring stand-up — and comedy club owner.
We caught with the typically effusive, to-the-point Lovitz in advance of his Comedy Works South shows Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20.
The last time we talked in 2010, you had just gotten back from a comedy trip to Dubai. Any other interesting locales you’ve visited with your stand-up lately?
I was in Canada in the islands off of Vancouver! Just beautiful!
What was your first time on stage like and what made you want to come back?
I was nervous as hell and my heart was beating like crazy! I came back because I always wanted to do it and needed a new way to make money.
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Watching Tracy Morgan on “30 Rock.”
What’s your favorite joke of the moment?
My whole stand up act!
People like to describe comedy with any number of metaphors (killing or dying on stage, crushing and being crushing). What’s your favorite?
Podcasts: the new comedy boom and bust, or the best thing since the invention of the microphone?
Podcasts are great and creative and open to anyone with an idea for a show.
What are the first things you do when you arrive at each touring stop?
Check in the hotel, set my alarm and go to sleep. I have to get up early in the morning to do press!
I see Kevin Smith all over your podcast theater/comedy venue. How did you develop your working relationship with him? Has he taught you much about nerd culture?
He started doing live podcasts at my club. He taught me about them. He’s been great! The club is called the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre now. It was his idea to add podcasts. We have our own podcast network now, at GoCast.com.
What else is coming up for you?
I’m play Quasimodo in “Hotel Transylvania” mad I’m on the new sitcom, “Mr. Box Office” now airing! And I’m doing standup all over the country!!!
John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and Features blogs editor for The Denver Post.