Lovitz told me all about it in an interview I did with him in 2007. Usually I transcribe all my interviews and post them here: http://comedycouch.com/interviews.htm But it's not there; just another interview I did with him a year earlier. Must have been that I didn't have time to transcribe the whole thing because the story was due, and then I didn't get around to it. But I just found the relevant notes in my computer. Here's what he said back in 2007. If I ever find the micro cassette I recorded it on, I'll go back and transcribe the whole thing:
Originally Posted by sparklepicnic
The thing with Andy where I smashed his head into the bar five or six times, thatís totally false. They keep repeating it because it was quoted in the Post by Jamie Masada, who wasnít even there. He was in New York when it happened. And then Jamie goes, ĎI didnít say that.í I didnít take him by the hair and smash his face. I would have kept hitting him but the bodyguard stopped it.
He said the worst thing to me that he could possibly say. Thatís what he does to people. And usually theyíre just in shock. And the first time he said it, I was.
ĎI put the Phil Hartman hex on you. Youíre the next one to die.í
He was trying to instigate stuff. He gets punched out all the time.
You just donít say that to me.
Phil was like my older brother. I idolized him. And he was murdered and it was horrible. Basically I was depressed for five years. I did stuff but I kinda withdrew socially. It was horrible. And then one day I remember I was standing in front of my garage and I said, ĎIím still alive.í Thatís when I started doing stand-up, to be honest.
Heís a moron.
I just lost my temper. Anyone else would have. Believe me.
If he was 6-5 and 300 pounds, I donít know what I would do. I still might punch the guy.
Iím not proud of it. I donít go around bragging about it.
Not one person has come up to me and gone, ĎWhy did you do that? You shouldnít have done that?í Everybody thanked me.