Jon Lovitz: Making Fun of Himself or Us?

Was there anyone on TV in the ’90s who felt more comfortable as himself than Jon Lovitz? From Friends to Seinfeld, he seemed always to play some grease-spot of a human being; on The Critic, the underappreciated animated vehicle for his overenthusiastic voice talents, he gave heart and wit to a dumpy, balding movie critic who… may just have looked a little like Jon Lovitz. But he does bleed if pricks him. He bristled when the online gossip rag got word that two topless women approached him on Miami Beach and then reported that celebrities can get chicks “whether they be old, fat, pale, or all of the above.” As long as he doesn’t take himself too seriously, though, he seems to be able to will his old, fat way into just about whatever he wants. As Conan O’Brien once memorably demanded, after Lovitz told a joke about O’Brien’s alleged vagina, “You know what? How do you get away with this crap?” See the Lovitz touch at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, in West Palm Beach) at City Place on Friday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9:45 p.m., or Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets run $25. You gotta be 21. To buy tickets or to learn more, call the Improv at 561-833-1812, or visit
Fri., Oct. 8, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 9, 7 & 9:45 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 10, 7 p.m., 2010

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