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Catherine O’Hara gets serious about comedy

The Story

"You never stop smiling, do you?" asks Paul Soles, welcoming SCTV cast member Catherine O'Hara to the interview chair. In this 1978 clip from CBC television show Canada After Dark, a twinkly-eyed O'Hara tells Soles about her start in performing improvisation with Second City in Toronto. She treats the audience to some examples of the many characters she portrays in the current television hit SCTV before discussing her wish to do some comic drama.

Medium: Television
Program: Canada After Dark
Broadcast Date: Nov. 9, 1978
Guest(s): Catherine O'Hara
Host: Paul Soles
Duration: 14:28

Did You know?

• Catherine O'Hara was a member of the original cast of the television series SCTV, which began in 1976. She left the show in 1980, but returned for the 1981-82 season. One the most memorable characters she created for that show is lounge singer Lola Heatherton, and she also impersonated a number of well-known actresses, including Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep.


• O'Hara has since appeared in starring roles in a variety of films, including Beetlejuice, Home Alone, and, with SCTV alumnus Eugene Levy, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and For Your Consideration. She has also voiced characters in a number of animated films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas and Where the Wild Things Are.



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