Ferrvor had the opportunity to chat with Jonathan Kite, the man behind creepy, lead cook, Oleg Golishevsky, on the CBS hit show, 2 Broke Girls.
Since the show premiered back in the Fall of 2011, Kite, along with the hysterically funny, female cast consisting of Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs and Jennifer Coolidge, have earned a top spot on the network’s evening lineup, and has earned awards including: A Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series and People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
Photographer: The Riker Brothers
Written By: Jasmine Sabagquit
When you look at Kite, it’s hard not to visualize his fan-favorite character, the hilariously strange and often times inappropriate, Oleg. They look the same, share the same facial hair and peek-a-boo chest hair. He even tells us that he was indeed once a fry/grill cook in college, perhaps a foreshadowing of his biggest role to date. But I assure you, they are not the same person, and they definitely do not share the same strong Ukranian accent that his character possesses.
Jonathan is a comedian to the core, starting off at a young age impersonating the people around him. He tells us, “When I was very young, I used to impersonate teachers. One in particular was my high school English teacher. When he was absent for the day, the class and I always tried to convince the substitute to let me guest lecture the class while doing my impression of him. I love doing impressions that people haven’t really seen before. I also love obscure impressions.” And among his impressive repertoire of celebrity impersonations include Tom Hanks, Seth Rogen, Liam Neeson and Robert Downey Jr.
He’s tall and slender (6”2 to be exact), and a witty man of sorts, telling us that compared to California, growing up in Chicago winters is like living on the planet Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. We assumed that growing up in Chicago, that ice hockey or some winter sport was something he was good at, but Jonathan tells us, “My height allowed me to cover 6’2 inches of basketball bench if l was laying down flat. This way I was able to warm a considerable amount of surface for the players who actually played.”
His comedic timing couldn’t be any better, as we start talking about tips on how he maintains his amazingly, well-groomed beard. “Drink whiskey. I know they say ‘…hair on your chest’ but I find it also applies to one’s face.”
In addition to the details of his manscaping, Jonathan shares about his fashion sense and what it means to dress well and feel good. He says, “I love fashion and would like to have my own line some day. I think one should never be afraid to be the best dressed in the room, but at the same time, I think real style comes from being comfortable. I am at home in a 3 piece suit, as well as a bomber jacket and jeans. One should always look effortless and clothing/accessories should highlight and enhance one’s own feelings and personality, not the other way around.” Wise words and we couldn’t agree more. His go-to designers? “Jerry Lorenzo who is the man behind Fear of God. I am also really digging Tom Ford.”
2 Broke Girls is in the middle of its 5th season and its latest episode will be its 100th to date. As one of the most-entertaining and funniest shows out there because of its crude, honest humor, there are sure to be many crazy moments on set. Kite shares, “There was a scene where Kat, Beth, Jennifer and I had to stand extremely close to one another. The dialogue was so quick and in order for the camera angles to catch everything, our faces seemed inches apart. On camera, we looked further away but it was one of those situations where you could almost feel everyone else’s breath. We could not get through the scene without laughing. The live audience was laughing just as hard as we were, so we had to keep starting over. I think it took something like 15 takes.” About the mostly all-female cast he adds on, “We have amazing chemistry. We are like one big happy family. I feel incredibly lucky to work with people whom I love and respect so much.”
Acting on screen isn’t the only skill Jonathan has mastered through the years. He frequents the popular comedy scene in Los Angeles which includes stand-up on stage performances at local hot spot, The Laugh Factory, and appreciates the freedoms and endless possibilities, even if that means the possibility of crashing and burning in front of a live audience. “Being on stage is freedom with intention. It’s comforting to have a space where I can express stuff I’ve been thinking about, but with the goal of being humorous. Also, the idea that everything up there on stage could go terribly wrong at any moment is fun.”
Keep your eyes open, as Jonathan Kite will film his first 1 hour stand up special sometime this year, and don’t forget to catch the funny man and the rest of the hilarious cast tonight on 2 Broke Girls 100th Episode!