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'SNL' great Jon Lovitz headlines at Helium

Former “Saturday Night Live” performer Jon Lovitz has an extraordinarily long list of film and television credits to his name. His latest job – stand-up comedian – brings him to Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo for four shows Oct. 6-8.

When Lovitz joined “SNL” as a cast member in 1985, the show was thought to be at a critical and commercial low point. However, Lovitz helped create memorable characters like Tommy Flanagan the Pathological Liar and Hanukkah Harry. Along with fellow players Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks and Mike Myers, Lovitz helped turn the venerable NBC franchise around with one of the best cast lineups ever.

Lovitz went on to appear in dozens of television shows and movies including “A League of Their Own,” “The Wedding Singer,” “The Simpsons,” “Seinfeld” and “New Girl.” He notably voiced the lead character Jay Sherman in the '90s animated television comedy, “The Critic.”

Lovitz will appear at 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Oct. 8 in Helium (30 Mississippi St.). Tickets range from $25 to $30 and are available at

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