Jon Lovitz At The Irvine Improv? Yeah...That's The Ticket!


Jon Lovitz has been entertaining the masses for decades through movies, TV, and of course, through stand-up. With his newest venture "Lovitz or Leavitz" on his own Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network, Jon is now coming straight through your computer in video form interviewing some spectacular celebrities. Taped live from The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre at the Universal City Walk, Jon's ventures never seem to stop. Well, that is until this Friday and Saturday when he'll be stopping by the Irvine Improv to drop some hilarity on all of us. And before all of that, we were lucky enough to get Jon to slow down for a chat about all of his endeavors and more!

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Tell me about the Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network. So it's "vodcasting" not podcasting huh?

Jon Lovitz: Yeah I guess now they call it a vodcast and we have three shows right now. One is called FYI Sports Talk with Robert Fick and Dmitri Young where they talk about things like baseball and their friends. They just did an exclusive with Lenny Dykstra right after he got out of prison. Then we have a show called Talking Marijuana which is about medical marijuana and making it legal. They talk to politicians and doctors. My show Lovitz or Leavitz has had performers on like Krista Allen, Gary Busey, Steve O, Dana Carvey, and Heather McDonald. At the end of the month my club is going to be doing Gene Simmons from KISS so I'm really excited about that. So those are the three shows we have now and we'll be adding more. It's doing well and you know, it's fun starting a new adventure.

I don't want to get too much into it but, what's going on with whole "name blame game" with your Vodcast?

Well obviously the idea that I stole the name "Lovitz or Leavitz" is beyond absurd and that is what's happening. I stole my own name? It's such a blatant falsehood and lie. I mean, my dad would say Lovitz or Leavitz back in the 1930's. It's ridiculous, it's my name! The fact is, the only people that I have trouble with are people that are always fighting others. It's just not true and it's a smear campaign with comments. It's probably the same person leaving the comments anyway and then creating a new account to leave more. The ironic thing is that the more it goes on, the more listeners we get so it's actually helping in a weird way. It's backfiring because it doesn't make any sense.

Ahhh the good ol' Internet trolls. Well I hope it all blows over soon for everyone's sake. Off of that and onto the green screen beach setting you have in the background of your vodcast. If you ever switch it up, I vote for puppies playing.

[Laughs.] I think puppies would be distracting but I like the beach. I think it's fun and it's very relaxing. It's kind of like taking a little vacation. Then we also do it from the club in front of a live audience and the energy of it goes way up. Like when I interviewed Gary Busey live it was really great. I've known him for a long time and he's really funny but then he gets very spiritual and gets "out there." It's very entertaining.

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