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Jonathan Michael Lovitz was born on July 21, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, USA, into a Jewish family with roots traceable to Russia, Hungary and Romania. He is a comedian and actor, also known for his activities as a singer, perhaps still best known for his work on the television show, called “Saturday Night Live”, on which he worked from 1985 to 1990. During his career, Jon has won the Mark Twain Prize, Screen Actors Guild Award and Primetime Emmy Award twice. Lovitz has been working in the movie and television industries for more than 30 years and he is now one of the most experienced actors and comedians.

So how rich is Jon Lovitz? It is estimated that Jon’s net worth is over $12 million, undoubtedly mainly gained through his appearances in various shows and movies. In addition to this, Jon’s career as a comedian has also had a huge influence on the growth of his wealth. His other activities have also made this sum of money higher.

Jon Lovitz Net Worth $12 Million

Jon studied at the University of California at Irvine, from where he graduated with a degree in theatre. Later he met Tony Barr and together learned more about acting at the Film Actors Workshop. Soon Lovitz joined the comedy troupe called “The Groundlings”, and began his career as a comedian. In 1985 Jon started working on the “Saturday Night Live” show, and it had a huge impact on the growth of Jon’s net worth. Jon worked on this show until 1990 and it still remains one of the most famous projects that Lovitz was associated with. Other television shows that Jon has appeared in include “Married…with Children”, “Friends”, “The Naked Truth”, “Two and a Half Men”, “New Girl” among many others. In addition to this, Jon has acted in numerous movies, for example “Matilda”, “High School High”, “Rat Race”, “Grown Ups 2”, “Casino Jack” and others. All these appearances added significantly to Jon Lovitz’s net worth.

What is more, in 2007 Jon opened his own comedy club, called “The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Aubergine”, later changed to “The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre”. Sadly, in 2014 this club was closed. It is clear that Jon is a very busy person as he is a part of various upcoming movies and current television shows and even finds time for doing stand-up comedy as well. Undoubtedly, his hard-working personality helped him to become one of the most acclaimed and experienced actors, comedians in the industry.

In his personal life, Jon keeps it private, but is known to be romantically linked with actress Janice Dickenson. All in all, it can be said that Jon Lovitz is a very talented personality, who has achieved acclaim in various spheres of show business. As he has been working in this industry for a very long time, he can share his experience and knowledge with contemporary actors and comedians, who have only started their career. Jon has numerous fans who have been supporting him from the beginning of his career up till now and who will support him in the future as well. Undoubtedly, Jon’s achievements and talent will remain respected and acclaimed for a long time in the future even when he will decide to end his acting career.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Death: Take 22017post-productionLincoln Groome
Killing Hasselhoff2016completedBarry
Directors CommentaryTV Series pre-productionDirector
Mother's Day2016Club Owner Wally Burn
Animals.2016TV SeriesOld Ben / Jon Lovitz
Jessica Lowndes: Deja Vu (Remix)2016ShortJon Lovitz
The Ridiculous 62015Grant
The Simpsons1991-2015TV SeriesArtie Ziff Llewellyn Sinclair Jay Sherman ...
Hotel Transylvania 22015Phantom of the Opera (voice)
Bark Ranger2015Ranger (voice)
Hawaii Five-02015TV SeriesBarry Burns
A Mouse Tale2015King of Mice (voice)
Coffee Shop2014
The Simpsons Take the Bowl2014VideoTroy McClure / Himself
Birds of Paradise2014VideoSkeeter (voice)
New Girl2013-2014TV SeriesRabbi / Rabbi Feiglin
Mr. Box Office2012-2013TV SeriesBobby Gold
Joe King: King of Cars2013ShortJoe King
Grown Ups 22013Squats Fitness Janitor
Bula Quo!2013Wilson
Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie2013The Mad Scientist (voice)
Jungle Master2013Mulla (English version, voice)
Sharkproof2012Max
Hotel Transylvania2012Quasimodo (voice)
Hot in Cleveland2011-2012TV SeriesArtie / Opera Guy
Jewtopia2012Dennis Lipschitz
Jon Lovitz Presents2011TV Movie
Last Day Foundation2010ShortDrug Dealer
Casino Jack2010Adam Kidan
I Could Never Be Your Woman2007Nathan
Southland Tales2006Bart Bookman
The Benchwarmers2006Mel
Two and a Half Men2006TV SeriesArchie Baldwin
Farce of the Penguins2006My Eyes Are Up Here Penguin (voice)
The Producers2005Mr. Marks
Bailey's Billion$2005Bailey (voice)
Las Vegas2004-2005TV SeriesFred Puterbaugh
Pancho's Pizza2005Short
The Stepford Wives2004Dave Markowitz
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star2003Sidney Wernick
Just Shoot Me!2003TV SeriesRoland Devereaux
Stripperella2003TV SeriesCheap-o
Friends1995-2003TV SeriesSteve
Eight Crazy Nights2002Tom Baltezor (voice)
Son of the Beach2002TV SeriesFather of B.J.'s Baby
The Critic2000-2001TV SeriesJay Sherman Jon Lovitz Goblin of Griffindor ...
Good Advice2001Barry Sherman
Rat Race2001Randy Pear
The Daily Show2001TV SeriesMan on Street
Cats & Dogs2001Calico (voice)
3000 Miles to Graceland2001Jay Peterson
Sand2000Kirby
Little Nicky2000Peeper
Small Time Crooks2000Benny
NewsRadio1997-1999TV SeriesMax Lewis / Mike Johnson / Fred
Lost & Found1999/IUncle Harry
Happiness1998Andy Kornbluth
The Wedding Singer1998Jimmie Moore (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live1985-1997TV SeriesVarious / Tommy Flanagan / Mephistopheles / ...
The Naked Truth1997TV SeriesAcer Predburn
For Goodness Sake II1996Short
High School High1996Richard Clark
Matilda1996Million $ Sticky Host (uncredited)
The Great White Hype1996Sol
The Critic1994-1995TV SeriesJay Sherman Woody Allen Michael Dukakis ...
Seinfeld1995TV SeriesGary Fogel
Trapped in Paradise1994Dave Firpo
The Larry Sanders Show1992-1994TV SeriesJon Lovitz
North1994Arthur Belt
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold1994Glen Robbins
Coneheads1993Dr. Rudolph, Dentist (uncredited)
A League of Their Own1993TV SeriesErnie Capadino
Loaded Weapon 11993Tim Becker
The Buzz1992
Mom and Dad Save the World1992Emperor Tod Spengo
A League of Their Own1992Ernie Capadino
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West1991Chula (voice)
Married with Children1991TV SeriesJeff Littlehead
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesBarry Blye
Mr. Destiny1990Clip Metzler
Cranium Command1989ShortRight Brain
My Stepmother Is an Alien1988Ron Mills
Big1988Scotty Brennen
The Brave Little Toaster1987The Radio (voice)
¡Three Amigos!1986Morty
Ratboy1986Party Guest
Jumpin' Jack Flash1986Doug
Shadoevision1986TV MovieLiar
Last Resort1986Bartender
Foley Square1986TV SeriesMole
Hamburger: The Motion Picture1986Security Guard
The Paper Chase1984TV SeriesLevitz

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas2009TV Movie performer: "Away in a Manger" - uncredited
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz2005TV Special performer: "I've Never Been in Love Before", "The Little Drummer Boy", "Fascinating Rhythm" - uncredited
The Producers2005producer: "Goodbye!"
The SimpsonsTV Series 1 episode, 2004 performer - 3 episodes, 1991 - 2002
One Night with Robbie Williams2001TV Special documentary performer: "Well, Did You Evah"
The Wedding Singer1998performer: "Ladies Night"
The Critic1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Brave Little Toaster1987performer: "City of Light", "B-Movie Show", "April Showers"
Saturday Night Live1986TV Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz2013TV Series
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz2005TV Special uncredited
The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special1992TV Movie creator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Around the World w/ Ashlocke2014TV Mini-Series producer - 1 episode
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz2013TV Series executive producer
Jon Lovitz Presents2011TV Movie executive producer
The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special1992TV Movie executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ian Bagg: Getting to F**king Know You2013TV Special documentary special thanks: from Ian Bagg
1990 Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search1990TV Movie special thanks: for the inspiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Russell Peters Christmas Special2011TV SpecialHimself
Kendra2011TV SeriesHimself - Actor-Comedian
Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen2011TV SpecialHimself - Roaster
Looking for Lenny2011DocumentaryHimself (as John Lovitz)
The Doctors2011TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live Backstage2011TV Special documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1985-2011TV SeriesHimself / Tommy Flanagan / Various / ...
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2011TV SeriesHimself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2010TV Series
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHimself
Shank!2010TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2010TV SeriesHimself
24th Annual Genesis Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Celebrity Liar2010TV SeriesHimself
Back from Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison2010TV SpecialHimself
The Bachelor2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Secrets of Life2009DocumentaryHimself
Godfrey Live2008TV MovieHimself - Guest
Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget2008TV SpecialHimself - Roaster
Last Comic Standing2008TV SeriesHimself
The Best of Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen2008VideoHimself
USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland2008Video documentary shortHimself
Mark Twain Prize: Billy Crystal2007TV SpecialHimself
Heckler2007DocumentaryHimself
The Girls Next Door2006TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2006TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2006TV SeriesHimself
Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Open Access2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Music Cares Person of the Year: Brian Wilson2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found2005TV Special documentaryHimself
The Wallflowers: Rearrange2005Video shortHimself
Unscripted2005TV SeriesHimself
Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute2005TV SpecialHimself
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Perfect World: The Making of 'The Stepford Wives'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Stepford: A Definition2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Stepford Husbands2004Video documentary shortHimself
Brilliant But Cancelled: Pilot Season2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Heroes of Jewish Comedy2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Reel Comedy2002TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2000-2002TV SeriesHimself
Lying for a Living2002Video documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks2002TV SpecialHimself
Primetime Glick2002TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute2002TV SpecialHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making 'Rat Race'2001Video short documentaryHimself
Wild Desk Ride2001VideoHimself / panelist
One Night with Robbie Williams2001TV Special documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2001TV SeriesHimself
Bette2001TV SeriesHimself
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored2001Video documentaryHimself
Dennis Miller Live1997-2000TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey1999TV SpecialHimself / Michael Dukakis / Various Characters
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live 251999TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman1999TV Special documentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Introducing Video
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th1998TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern1998TV SeriesHimself
Great Performances1997TV SeriesHimself
1996 MTV Movie Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
The Rodman World Tour1996TV SeriesHimself
Jeopardy!1996TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
1996 VH1 Fashion Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-1996TV SeriesHimself
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
1995 MTV Movie Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Co-host
Showbiz Today1992-1995TV SeriesHimself
1995 Young Comedians Special1995TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The 1994 Billboard Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1994TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19941994TV SpecialHimself
VH1 Honors1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Back in the Saddle: The Making of 'City Slickers II'1994Video documentary shortHimself
1993 MTV Movie Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '931993TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1988-1993TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Sound Editing
1992 MTV Movie Awards1992TV SpecialJason Voorhees
The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special1992TV MovieHimself
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Choir Member
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary1989TV SpecialHimself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Dolly1987TV SeriesHimself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHimself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program & Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Comic Relief1986/ITV SpecialTom Finnegan
The Apprentice2017TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The $100,000 Pyramid2016TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Player
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Gotham Comedy Live2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
First Impressions with Dana Carvey2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Expert
Made in Hollywood2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
I Am Chris Farley2015DocumentaryHimself
Hot in Cleveland2012-2015TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special2015TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2015TV SeriesHimself
Conan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Comics Unleashed2006-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
Sing Your Face Off2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself - Special Performance
Birds of Paradise: Bringing the Characters to Life - At the Recording Studio2014Video documentary short
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Jerry Bruckheimer2013TV MovieHimself
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz2013TV SeriesHimself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2013TV SeriesHimself
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Regardless: The Freddy Soto Story2012Documentary
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin2012TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself
America Live2012TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2012TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Live from New York!2015DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving Special2014TV SpecialTonto (segment "Thanksgiving Greetings")
Saturday Night Live: Halloween2013TV SpecialTonto (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor2012TV SeriesHimself
Vanilla Ice Archive2012Documentary
Give It Up for Greg Giraldo2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas2009TV MovieVarious (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '082008TV SpecialMichael Dukakis
Hillary! Uncensored: Banned by the Media2008Video documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz2005TV SpecialVarious Characters
The Best Damn Sports Show Period2004TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks2004TV SpecialHimself / Various
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 20042004TV MovieMichael Dukakis (uncredited)
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryDave Markowitz
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentary
Saturday Night Live Christmas 20022002TV SpecialVarious (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 20002000TV SpecialHimself (Various Characters)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler1999TV Special documentaryOperaman's Older Brother (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live Christmas1999VideoHanukkah Harry Mr. Potter Master Thespian
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers1998Video documentaryVarious Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman1998TV Special documentaryHimself / Various Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin1998TV SpecialM (uncredited)
The Simpsons1994TV SeriesArtie Ziff
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash1992TV SpecialGov. Michael Dukakis (uncredited)
Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition1992VideoVarious Characters
Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial1991TV SpecialVarious Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams1991Video documentaryHimself / Various Characters

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleHappiness (1998)· Jane Adams
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Dylan Baker
· Lara Flynn Boyle
· Justin Elvin
· Cynthia Stevenson
· Lila Glantzman-Leib
· Gerry Becker
· Rufus Read
· Louise Lasser
· Ben Gazzara
· Camryn Manheim
· Arthur J. Nascarella
· Molly Shannon
· Ann Harada
· Douglas McGrath

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmHotel Transylvania (2012)· Adam Sandler
· Selena Gomez
· Andy Samberg
· Kevin James
· Fran Drescher
· CeeLo Green
· Steve Buscemi
· Molly Shannon
· David Spade
· Brian George
· Chris Parnell
· Rob Riggle
· Luenell
· Brian Stack
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)

TitleSalary
¡Three Amigos! (1986)$500,000

#Fact
1His paternal grandparents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. His mother's family was Hungarian Jewish.
2Owner of the "Jon Lovitz Theater".
3Penny Marshall let him live at her house when he was first starting out in show business.
4Sang with British pop star Robbie Williams in the song "Well, Did You Evah?" on Williams' album "Swing When You're Winning".
5Began acting in plays in high school.
6In the 1990s was featured as the "Author of the Yellow Pages" in comedic print ads and commercials.
7Once worked at the New York Renaissance Faire (in Tuxedo, NY) and was almost fired for referring to himself as "the town Jew."
8Had two guest appearances on the popular sitcom Friends (1994). His first appearance, as successful restaurant owner with a drug abuse problem and Phoebe's massage client Steve, in Season One was intended to be a one-time appearance, but he returned as Steve in Season Nine, set up with Rachel by Phoebe on what was an intentionally torturous blind date, In this appearance it was revealed in the eight years in between his first appearance, Steve had lost his restaurant to his addiction, was now silk screening shirts and had developed low self-esteem due to his weight gain and recent impotence.
9Hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 1995 along with Courteney Cox.
10Was originally considered for the role of Marcus Burnette in Bad Boys (1995), with Dana Carvey as Mike Lowrey. Director Michael Bay today says it would have ruined their careers.
11Was in love with a woman older than he when he was a teenager. His heart was broken when this woman married someone else.
12Worked various jobs while pursuing an acting career. He was a waiter, worked in a clothing store, was a messenger, worked in a copy shop, shoe store, and as a hospital orderly.
13Father loved opera and wished he had pursued a career in it. He encouraged Jon to pursue whatever career he wanted.
14Father was a doctor.
15Is the only boy of 5 children.
16Has a twin sister named Leslie.
17Encouraged and was supportive with actresses Lisa Kudrow and Maeve Quinlan in pursuing acting careers.
18Met Phil Hartman at the Groudlings in 1984. Suggested and encouraged Saturday Night Live (1975) creator Lorne Michaels to hire Hartman for the show, telling Lorne, "If you think I'm good, you should see Phil. He's even better!" He and Phil helped each other get acting jobs through the rest of Phil's life.
19B.A. from University of California Irvine. [1979]
20His Saturday Night Live (1975) character "Master Thespian" is an imitation of a professor he had at the University of California-Irvine.

#Quote
1(2010, on landing Big) Penny Marshall gave me the part in Big. She goes, "You can improvise again." So I get on set and I start trying to improvise and she goes, "No, you can't do that." I said, "Penny, the part's nothing. You said I could." She said, "I know, but the writers don't want you to." I go, "Then what am I here for?" She didn't want me to do anything-just play it totally straight. I go, "Crap. I'll just be subtly funny. I'll sneak it in." And later on she goes, "See, that's why I said that. So you would do that." I worked on it for about a week, and one day I said, "Listen, I feel really sick. I think I'm going to throw up." She goes, "All right, well, try." We're doing a scene, and in the middle they go, "Cut," and I ran and threw up. I said to her, "I can't work anymore." I was sick as shit. So I went home, and I had the flu bad for about a week. And then I felt better, and I thought, "Maybe I should call her up and tell her I'm feeling better, see if she wants to put me back into the movie." But then I thought, "Ah, forget it! The part was nothing." And then it turns out to be this huge hit, and I'm like, "I'm an idiot."
2(2010, on Trapped in Paradise) Well, I feel like I'm very fortunate to be in movies at all, but I called it Trapped In Shit. I love Dana Carvey, and Nicolas Cage was great and we became friends, but the director [George Gallo] just wasn't there. He wasn't directing. It was a bad time in my life personally, because my father had just died Dec. 25. And I'm up in the snow with no light-we did night shoots for six weeks. It was like 25-below. Everyone was fine, but after six weeks, the whole crew started going crazy 'cause there's no light. It really affects your mood. Then we moved to Toronto, so we're shooting inside. It wasn't fancy, but inside during the day, this was a luxury. It was like 31 degrees, but it felt like summer. So as soon as I worked during the daylight, my mood changed... But the director would say, "Just do whatever you want." He was bragging about what a great director he was before he hired us: "I'm as good as Rob Reiner and Martin Scorsese." This is George Gallo. I said, "Don't you think you should let other people say that?" We never even got to read the script. He'd go, "Well, let's rehearse this." I'd go, "Oh good, we get to rehearse." And he'd start screaming at me, "Do whatever you want!" And I go, "Saying 'do whatever you want' is not direction."
3(2010, on Happiness) Todd Solondz was trying to decide if I would play that part or the part that Philip Seymour Hoffman played. I met with him once to talk about it. I didn't think I got it, and then five months after that meeting, they said he wanted me to play that scene. Here's the thing about that scene: It's very, very well written. A lot of times I get a scene, it's not very well written, and they'll say to me, "Can you add jokes? You've got to punch it up." And I don't mind doing that, but I kind of do, because I want to say, "Would you do your job? You didn't hire me to write the thing. Come on." This thing, though, was like Shakespeare. It's hard, because now you have to raise yourself to the level of the writing. It's like playing an easy piano piece like "Chopsticks" or playing Tchaikovsky-or Liszt or George Gershwin. It's fantastic, and it's very hard to play. I think it's a brilliant scene, but I don't take credit for it. It's like some guy wrote a great musical piece and goes, "Can you play it?" That scene is really funny and really sad at the same time, and it goes back and forth. It was hard to do-and it was hard to do because my character breaks down and cries. That's in the scene. It goes, "Breaks down and cries." So I had to cry all day for 12 hours, and I kept thinking of more and more sad stuff. Then it wouldn't work and I'd try something else. At first I'm crying about the scene. Then I'm thinking about a girl leaving me. Then I'm thinking about my dad-who's dead-waving to me. On and on, trying to make myself cry. By the end of the day I was exhausted, and then I was depressed for like two weeks. Because it's not real, but physically you're crying for 12 hours. Even though you're making it up, you're still doing it. Your body doesn't know that it's not real. Imagine for 12 hours-or even for 10 minutes-you have to cry and cry. It was hard... Everyone goes, "What's Todd Solondz like?" And I say, "Well, if Penny Marshall and Woody Allen had a kid, it'd be Todd."
4(2010, on Tales from the Crypt in the episode "Top Billing") That was really fun. John Astin and Bruce Boxleitner were in it. I remember Joel Silver was producing the series and he asked me to do it. I had the lead, and when you have the lead, it's fun. I was playing a struggling actor, and it wasn't that long after I'd been struggling-maybe five years. I remember thinking, "I have to lose some weight. I'm too fat! I don't look like a struggling actor." I weighed 145 in high school; when I was in New York, when I was 24, I weighed 136 pounds. I didn't have much money to eat.
5I like getting up in front of an audience. It's fun when you go to a baseball game and the crowd is cheering you. I can't deny it. And it's very funny, too. Sometimes you're shy; you go somewhere and everyone's looking at you, so you feel a little self-conscious.
6At a certain point, if you work really hard and you get good and people like your work, you do deserve the fame -- but you shouldn't take it for granted.
7[about his portrayal of Harvey Fierstein on Saturday Night Live (1975), and Fierstein's response to it] I did Harvey Fierstein. He didn't like it. He came in to the show to complain about it. His point was that he was getting more famous as me than as him . . . He came in to talk about it and, watching him, I realized that I was doing him quite well. He thought I was doing a gay stereotype.
8[To Conan O'Brien] I heard you call me immature earlier. Well, you're just a big poop-head.

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