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Jon Lovitz Opens Comedy Club

Comedian opens unique tropical-themed comedy club at Universal CityWalk

Posted: May 28, 2009 2:03 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2009 6:02 a.m.
"The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club" is now open at Universal CityWalk and sports a Hawaiian/tropical theme. "The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club" is now open at Universal CityWalk and sports a Hawaiian/tropical theme.
"The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club" is now open at Universal CityWalk and sports a Hawaiian/tropical theme.

There's a new place to get your belly laughs in the Southland. On Thursday night comedian, actor and writer Jon Lovitz opened "The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club," a gala new comedy showcase with some innovative twists, at Universal CityWalk.

The club marks the two-time Emmy Award nominee's first venture into nightclub ownership. The former "Saturday Night Live" star, who has appeared in more than 30 movies and dozens of television series and specials, will perform regularly at the new club, which boasts nearly 400 seats.

"This will be unlike anything anybody has ever experienced at a comedy club and it's certain to be a smashing success. We're offering great comedy, great food and an atmosphere of a tropical beach resort. It's so real, the club's indoors and I still got a tan," Lovitz said.

In addition to a performance line-up that will blend veteran stars with comedy's top newcomers Lovitz wanted the club to offer first class food and a unique ambiance.

"I said, let's get great food," Lovitz said. As a result the club will feature a variety of dinner and snack choices from Mulberry Street Pizza, Jerry's Famous Deli and gourmet food from The Perfect Bite. Drinks from a full bar will be available.

"We even import the pizza dough from New York so it tastes like real New York pizza," he said. "We have a chef from the House of Blues, a great relaxed atmosphere, a great sound system, we're going everything first rate."

Lovitz said he wants guests to feel relaxed and to have fun.

"We have screens above the stage where you can watch the ocean," he said. "It's like an escape for two hours, a place where you can forget your troubles and get happy."

Larry Kurzweil, president and chief operating officer, Universal Studios Hollywood, said the club will be a "terrific addition to CityWalk's portfolio of live entertainment."

Lovitz is a California native, born and raised in the L.A. suburb of Tarzana. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine before joining "The Groundlings Theater" in Hollywood. It was at The Groundlings that Lovitz was approached by Lorne Michaels' to join "Saturday Night Live."

As a cast member on SNL, Lovitz made characters like "The Liar" a pop-culture phenomenon, inciting fans to repeat his catch phrase "Yeah, that's the ticket." After leaving Saturday Night Live, Lovitz went on to co-star in such films as "A League of Their Own," "City Slickers," "The Wedding Singer," "Benchwarmers" and more. In 2004, Lovitz added stand-up comedian to his resume, touring comedy clubs nationwide.

"When I started doing stand-up, that's how I met Frank Kelley and we decided to open this club together," he said.


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