Last night Jon Lovitz took to the subreddit IAmA for a good ole AMA. Of course every celebrity on Reddit’s ask me anything is pushing something they’re doing. Lovitz is looking for help funding his new comedy network to help out no name comedians (like Chicky) get seen!
Of course Lovitz ignored all of the questions we’ve been waiting to hear answers to for decades. Such as, what happened to his partnership Kevin Smith. And what his feelings on Andy Dick are. But that’s what happens when AMA becomes a place where celebrities go to promote rather than schmooze. But to be completely fair, it would be a terrible idea to respond to either of those things.
Here are the best parts from the AMA
Q. what ever happened to the critic they need to bring it back
Lovitz. The show was a hit, but Fox cancelled it anyway. I would love to do it again.
Q. Who wrote the Hitler scene in Rat Race? That sequence is by far the funniest thing I have ever seen in my life. I start laughing at “I’m not putting my mouth on it, I’m not suckin on the dashboard” and I dont stop. If anyone missed this movie, go see it immediately. Most underrated comedy of all time. Forgive the smash mouth, everyone was doing it back then.
Lovitz. Andy Breckman wrote the movie. He used to write on David Letterman and SNL and he created the TV show Monk. He is one of the few comedy writers who is also a very funny person. I love his sense of humor.
Q. Please, please, PLEASE make a Critic-style youtube series reviewing bad movies.
Please do this. For the children.
Lovitz. It’s up to Al Jean and Mike Reiss who created the show!
Q. when can we expect the return of artie ziff?
Lovitz. You have to ask Al Jean who runs the Simpsons! But I always have fun doing that character.
Q. Big fan! Loved you on Newsradio! How did you feel taking over for Phil Hartman? Did the cast accept you readily?
Lovitz. The cast accepted me but understandably, emotionally it was tough to do.
Q. What is your favorite memory of working with Phil Hartman?
Also, Al Franken is my Senator. I am curious, what is your favorite memory working with him?
Lovitz. Well I don’t have 1 but he became an older brother to me and was just the nicest guy in the world. Whenever we worked together he always made me laugh and I looked up him and thought he was brilliant. He was also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my entire life.
Al and Tom Davis were producing the show and they hired me to do SNL. I was in the Groundlings theater and they came to see me and I was doing a Master Thespian sketch and nobody was laughing except for Al. I remember thinking thank god that guy from Saturday Night Live is laughing. He recommended I meet with Lorne Michaels.
Q. What was your experience like on Seinfeld?
Lovitz. I had a great time. It was the number 1 show on TV and I had known Jerry Seinfeld for a long time. I remember I kept making Jason Alexander laugh every time I said “You got that right Jack.” And Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nice, Larry David was great, I was excited to be on it. I thought the idea of the character was very very funny.
Q. Which Simpsons character was/is your favorite to voice? What’s your best memory doing The Simpsons?
Lovitz. Llewellyn Sinclair the director in “A Streetcat Named Marge.”
We used to record in the basement of a building called The Daryl Zanuck Theater. And the whole cast would be there all day, and in between takes there’s a ping pong table, and we would play ping pong, and the cast would be very very funny and nice. It was always very entertaining to me to watch them do their voices.
Q. Hi , I’m Oded from Israel . Big fan, for like forever (Newsradio, actually) Have you been to Israel? Are you planning to be here in the near future? Would you do a Q&A with fans here?
Lovitz. I was in Israel in 1978 when I was 20 years old and I visited my cousins there that I had never met and I had an amazing time. But I don’t really plan to go back right now.
Q. Saw you perform once at the Comedy Club in LA, great show! Who are some of your biggest comedic inspirations/heroes? Also I miss The Critic :(
Lovitz. Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce. I saw Woody Allen’s first movie when I was 13 years old and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a comedian.