Jon Lovitz opening Los Angeles comedy club

Fri Apr 3, 2009 2:23am EDT
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Comedian Jon Lovitz is becoming a comedy club entrepreneur.

The comedian and his business partner Frank Kelley will open the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club on the site that formerly housed the BB King Blues Club at Universal's CityWalk in Universal City, north of Los Angeles. Doors open May 28.

Lovitz will both perform at the 400-seat club, which will have a beach theme, and book a lineup of comedy headliners.

Best known for his 1985-90 stint on "Saturday Night Live" and films like "A League of Their Own," "Happiness" and "The Stepford Wives," Lovitz began to focus on stand-up about five years ago.

Becoming more involved in the comedy club world, he teamed in 2007 with Kelley, general manager of the Irvine Improv, to open a venue in San Diego called the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Aubergine. In that case, though, the two served more as promoters, using a space in an existing restaurant.

Lovitz said the new three-level club will differ from existing comedy clubs in Los Angeles -- most of which have a black-box feel -- in that it will be bright and open with a beachy decor, complete with palm trees, and will serve "great food."

"I like Hawaii, and I like the beach. And here you can almost hear the ocean and smell the cocoa butter," Lovitz joked.

The club will offer two shows a night, drawing upon the wide range of headline comics Lovitz has worked with.

He also hopes to work closely with NBC's "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien," which is relocating to the nearby Universal lot.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Actor Jon Lovitz arrives for a program honoring Billy Crystal as the 2007 Mark Twain Prize recipient at the Kennedy Center in Washington October 11, 2007. REUTERS/Molly Riley</p>