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Jon Lovitz opens eponymous comedy club

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
May 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
For the first time in a very long time, Los Angeles a new comedy club. And this one bears the name of a guy who's spent his career being funny.Thursday night, the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club opened on Universal CityWalk.

Several well-known names were on hand to support their pal.

"I've always thought he was one of the funniest guys on the planet, you know, and I hope this really goes well for him," said actor Ed O'Neill.

"My sister, Penny, and I have been friends of Jon for many years," said producer Garry Marshall. "And I wanted to come and support him, and his name is on a nightclub. That's a terrific thing."

Several stand-up comedians brought their humor and their acts to the event.

"Jon and I are deeply in love," said comedian Judy Tenuta. "It's true. He's my baby daddy. Jon, you're the baby daddy!"

"I told Jon, 'If you're going to open a comedy club, make sure there's a recession and a big NBA playoff game going on," said comedian Dana Carvey. "He goes, 'Really?' I go, 'Jon, it never fails. People don't have money and they want to be in a sports bar. That's when you open! And you don't even do it on a Friday or Saturday -- do it on a Thursday!' He goes, 'Thank you! I will!'"

Onstage, Carvey had a few jokes. For example: "Did you hear about the mom and dad who found the S & M magazine under their 10-year-old boy's bed? Isn't that crazy? And the mother said, 'Well, what are we going to do?' And the dad said, 'Well, we can't spank him!'"

Carvey welcomed his longtime friend to the stage.

Lovitz said he started doing standup five years ago when his movie roles were drying up, forcing him, at age 46, to do something he always wanted to do.

"And I thought, 'Well, Grandma Moses was 75. It's never too late,'" said Lovitz. "And I'm thrilled that I did it, you know? And five years later, I have my own club. It's ridiculous!"

By the way, Thursday night's grand opening benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

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