You know Jon Lovitz. You know him from his hilarious years on Saturday Night Live. You know him as the voice of Jay Sherman in The Critic. And you’ve seen him in hit films like A League of Their Own and The Wedding Singer or TV appearances on sitcoms like Seinfeld or The New Girl.
Now you can see him live onstage too.
Jon Lovitz will perform two shows, 6:30 p.m. [thecrofoot.com] and 9 p.m. [ticketweb.com] Friday, March 20 at the Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids. The early and late show performances will feature new material and guests can expect the unexpected – a rare comedy stand up show!
Lovitz got his start in comedy as a member of The Groundlings in 1984. Though he’d appeared on television before, it was his appearance as “Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous” with the comedy troupe on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that earned him an agent, a movie role, a series and a voice over cartoon on Saturday Night Live.
From that moment on Lovitz has worked non-stop in the entertainment industry. He may be best known for some of his Saturday Night Live personas – Master Thespian, Hanukah Harry or The Devil. Lovitz has appeared regularly on TV and film. He also held a lead role Broadway in Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party.
Chad Nicefield of The Crofoot Presents counts Lovitz as a legend of the industry and a personal hero.
“It’s not often we get to see talent of the caliber that Jon Lovitz holds grace such an intimate venue such as the wonderful Wealthy Theatre,” he said. “The Crofoot Presents couldn’t be more excited!”
While Lovitz can regularly be seen on the screen, he has pursued stand-up comedy for the past 10 years. He’s one of few performers who began as an actor and later added stand-up to his repertoire. Lovitz now headlines nightclubs and theaters across the country.
“The Wealthy Theatre is a true gem and a very special space for not only the city of Grand Rapids, but the state of Michigan as a whole,” added Nicefield. “When deciding where we should host Jon’s first LIVE stand-up show in years here in Michigan – for not only us but for Mr. Lovitz as well – the Wealthy Theatre was a stand out.”
Don’t miss it. Tickets are $30-$40 for each show. All ages are welcome.