Monday, January 26, 2009

Profile: Jon Lovitz

The exclusive group of profiled actors and fictional characters they've portrayed:
  • Jon Lovitz: Jay Sherman and the Devil
  • Jason Alexander: George Costanza and Max Bialystock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Elaine Benes
  • Billy Crystal: Miracle Max
  • Michael Caine: Scrooge (Muppet Christmas Carol!)
  • Ben Kingsley: Fagin
  • Dustin Diamond: Screech (ugh)

    And this is not including actors who portrayed real-life characters such as Kingsley/Gandhi, Robert Downey Jr./Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks/Torquemada(!), etc.

    1. Just to add to Moishe's list: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and (of course) Gilda Radner would make my list of consistent laugh generators on SNL.

    2. See... I started to watch it after those five have moved on. I'm just that much younger than you, I guess...

    3. They're called re-runs. Watch them.

    4. What do you think I did during that 9 months of unemployment back on 2001? It was SNL for breakfast, one for lunch, and then a sensible dinner. Yet somehow, Comedy Central kept repeating ad nauseum not the early years, but rather the hideous Randy Quaid / Anthony Michael Hall season... Which was so rancid, except for one thing: Jon Lovitz.

    5. Oh Charles Rocket, we hardly knew ye....

    6. You like him. You really like him.
      -Not so anonymous

    7. P.S. Jane Curtin? Kevin Nealon? Dana Carvey? And I think in a "you hear them and laugh" way, you have to put Farley on the list.
      - not so anonymous

    8. Geez, who thought that THIS profile would cause all this controversy.