You may know me from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, cartoons THE CRITIC and THE SIMPSONS and movies such as A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Every successful entertainer got a break somewhere, from someone who provided the opportunity for their emerging talent to be seen and their craft to be supported.
My own career has benefited from this type of mentorship. Great performers like Laraine Newman, Charles Grodin, Penny Marshall and of course, Lorne Michaels.
I’ve made a commitment to helping people achieve their entertainment dreams. In 2009, I opened The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Studios Hollywood to showcase the best-of-the-best in comedy and music. The club is frequented by the biggest names in the business giving newcomers the opportunity to share the spotlight with world class performers.
But the best and brightest shouldn’t be limited to the reach of the physical stage. I’ve got some big ideas on how we can extend the comedy beyond the walls of the club.
It’s time to open the doors to the digital world! I’m launching THE JON LOVITZ COMEDY NETWORK to provide an online home for stand-up performers, comic storytellers, talk shows, and vodcasts. Sure, Funny Or Die has made a place on the web for sketch comedy but did you know there is no good place online to discover great new comics?
If you want to get a taste of what the comedy network will provide, check out my current YouTube channel. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
This new online entertainment platform will let talent reach audiences everywhere, at any time. And I want you to be a part of it!
Here’s the second part of my master plan. In addition to the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and launching THE JON LOVITZ COMEDY NETWORK, I’m producing a comedy special that will highlight four comedians, hand-picked by me. “Jon Lovitz Picks!” will feature new talent alongside some very special guests. I’ve got some of my funniest friends lined up to share the stage with these up-and-coming comedy performers.“Jon Lovitz Picks!” will launch the careers of some very promising performers while providing entertainment for comedy fans.
Crowdfunding is the newest way to raise funds for artistic projects. With your support, we can make sure that there will always be a place for those with both the talent and the drive to realize their dreams. As long as they’re funny, of course.
The funds we raise will extend opportunities to performers beyond the Hollywood city limits and my club. By producing a comedy special and launching a digital comedy network, I’m aiming to give that all-important, ever-elusive break to people who might not otherwise have one. In turn, you guys all over the world will be entertained!
Besides comedy that’s not tied to corporate nonsense or random network demands? A lot. I’ve come up with some good stuff. It's important to me that you get great perks for your contribution. You work hard for your money and I appreciate your support for my projects and these up-and-coming comedians.
I'm offering everyone who contributes $7 (or more) the digital download of my comedy special. I'll do your outgoing voicemail message for a contribution of $35! You can come have lunch with me and participate in a live Q&A. I will make you a special Producer and include your name in the ending credits of “Jon Lovitz Picks!” on DVD. No talent required, just cash!
Oh, you have talent? I’ll feature your comic video performance on the new site. Or you can appear live as my guest on an episode of LOVITZ OR LEAVITZ.
If the heat of the spotlight gives you hives, I can give you or your business a personal shout-out on my vodcast, LOVITZ OR LEAVITZ. Or just come hang out at the club, get in on a photo-op with me or sit in the editing booth during a live taping.
I’ve also got signed swag if the idea of hanging out with me gives you hives.