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Jon Lovitz on 'SNL,' Melissa McCarthy and American politics

Larry King NowFeb 27 '17

Legendary comedian Jon Lovitz delves into his favorite past 'SNL' moments and analyzes the portrayal of The Trump Administration by the 2017 cast. Plus, Jon discusses his recent stint on 'The New Celebrity Apprentice,' as well as his unique take on the American political sphere.

Larry King meets with actor and comedian Jon Lovitz, a ‘SaturdayNight Live’ cast member from 1985-1990, with roles in films like ‘Big,’ ‘A League of Their Own,’ ‘City Slickers,’ ‘The Wedding Singer,’ and TV roles on ‘Friends,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘The Critic,’ and ‘The Simpsons.’ Lovitz is also a stand-up comedian, performing at the Foundry at SLS Hotel in Las Vegas, alongside Dana Carvey. He talks about working with the humorous Carvey, a fellow ‘SNL’ alumnus.

Larry asks Lovitz if he is still known for ‘SNL,’ and Lovitz talks about being recognized for various roles. He has kept in touch with some ‘SNL’ people, and speaks positively about the good writing and cast of the current show. When asked about the political characters portrayed on the show, Lovitz mentions that ‘SNL’ makes fun of whoever’s in the White House, and that Trump has a big personality. He praises Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of Sean Spicer, noting her comedic timing and ability to stay in character, which they both learned at the Groundlings Theatre.

Then Larry and Lovitz talk about Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen, who influenced Lovitz to do stand-up in college. Lovitz calls Larry a name dropper, and asks whom Larry has wanted to interview. Larry’s answer is the late Fidel Castro. He asks Lovitz about current comedians Lovitz admires, and Lovitz mentions Dave Attell and Zach Galifianakis. They speculate on having a female host on ‘The Late Night Show,’ and Lovitz says that he doesn’t care about gender, but that there aren’t many women in blue comedy. He talks about balancing inclusion and sensitivity with humor.

Next, Larry asks Lovitz about politics, and Lovitz talks about not knowing if he’s a political conservative or liberal. Though he’s been a Democrat, he doesn’t know what the party is now, and while he doesn’t agree with Republicans on many social issues, he agrees with some messages.

Finally, Lovitz talks about going into stand-up comedy and the fun of doing multi-cam sitcoms. He talks about a role he performed in the play, ‘The Dinner Party.’