Tuesday's HOT MIC
In praise of comedy done very, very well:
The Los Angeles Magazine interview with O'Hara calls her "one of our finest imports," and I couldn't agree more.
Around the holidays at the end of last year, I binge-watched the first two seasons of O'Hara's current show "Schitt's Creek" at the suggestion of my best friend. When I heard that O'Hara was working with Eugene Levy again I was annoyed with myself for not having found out sooner.
The show is one of the few comedies in the last decade and a half to get a laugh out of me. And it gets a lot of laughs out of me. The entire cast is superb. There isn't a wasted performance. Levy's son Daniel writes comedy as well as he acts it.
When I called my buddy to give him my assessment after watching a few episodes, I couldn't stop marveling about O'Hara's performance. I'd forgotten how ridiculously good she is. Her character in this show is written as over-the-top and she is one of the few actresses who can play something like that even bigger than it's written and still make it more about the timing than just the outlandish nature of the role.
As a stand-up, I'm not always much of a fan of sketch comedy or the people who do it. More often than not, it's self-indulgent and tedious. When it's good, however, it's very good. As a young comedian, I loved Canada's "SCTV," which featured not only O'Hara and Levy, but John Candy, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis and many others. It was insane and hilarious.
I don't want to undersell Eugene Levy's performance in "Schitt's Creek" here. His chops have aged like fine wine as well. However, even if every other role in the show put me to sleep, O'Hara would keep me watching.