Lovitz brings jokes, songs to Andiamo

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

No matter your age, if you're a regular viewer of films and television, you've seen the work of comedian Jon Lovitz.

While he's best known for his five seasons on "Saturday Night Live," the California native has also had small roles in huge films like "A League of Their Own," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "The Wedding Singer" and has popped up in episodes of a variety of TV shows, from "Seinfeld" to "New Girl."

Lovitz has also done loads of voice-over work — how could he not, with that unique delivery? — plus Broadway and commercial work. It's only been over the past decade or so, however, that he's focused on his stand-up comedy routine.

He says he hesitated to start performing stand-up because he wanted to perfect his set.

"You really have to take pride in your work," he told The Detroit News last week from a tour stop in Akron, Ohio. He didn't start performing stand-up comedy until about 11 years ago. "I started my act trying to do my characters ... and it just didn't work out."

Lovitz, who entertains at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren Saturday, says his act now is "whatever I think is funny." That may include jokes about sex or religion or self-deprecating bits.

"I didn't set out to be a particular kind of comedian. People are like 'oh Jerry Seinfield is observational, Bill Maher is political' ... that's just their sense of humor," Lovitz says. "I make fun of myself, sex, religion, I play the piano and I sing funny songs. For me, stand up is limitless. You can do anything. I didn't want to limit myself to one kind of style."

Lovitz — who cites Lenny Bruce and Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) as big influences — says one thing he'd like to do more of is sing.

"It's fun. I like to sing," he says. The comedian sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium and at the U.S. Open, and also recorded a duet with British singer Robbie Williams ("Well, Did You Evah!" by Cole Porter).

"I don't think of myself as a professional singer (but) I like to keep getting better and better at it. I'm going to do it and just try to do it for fun. I don't really worry about what most people … I don't care what they say. I do it because I want to do it."

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Jon Lovitz

8 p.m. Saturday

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom

7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren

Tickets $25-$69

(586) 268-3200