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Catherine O’Hara loves Christmas, except for one thing

At the beginning of the Pop sitcom’s holiday special, family matriarch and former soap star Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara) rolls over in bed on Christmas Eve morning and tells her husband Johnny (Eugene Levy), “Wake me when it’s over.” Ever since the Roses lost their fortune and gilded lifestyle — and fled to the crassly-titled town of the show’s title — Moira has been no fan of the holiday. Not so much for O’Hara.

“I’m sad when it’s over. The saddest thing you can probably do is put that tree out in the garbage,” O’Hara says with a laugh. “Well, I’m lucky I have a home!” In the special, Johnny dreams of his family’s past lavish holiday parties and sets out to soothe their sorrows by throwing a last-minute shindig. The cast also includes Daniel Levy (Eugene’s son) and Annie Murphy as David and Alexis, Johnny and Moira’s entitled children.

Comedy veteran O’Hara, 64, is best known for starring alongside Levy in “SCTV” sketches and a string of classic Christopher Guest films including “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “A Mighty Wind.” She recently spoke with The Post by phone from her LA home.

What does the episode reveal about the family?
It shows you a taste of their old life, and you see what maybe Johnny and especially Moira are missing. And I love that when Johnny does relive it in his dreams, he wonders why they miss it so much.

There are flashbacks to extravagant Rose family parties. Were those scenes shot in a real mansion?
It’s a ridiculously big house in Toronto. We did the opening scenes there for Season 1 and then just a day again there in June. I love seeing any house decorated for Christmas, but that house looked pretty wild. Overdone.

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Martin Short & Catherine O’Hara Join ‘Addams Family’ Cast

Canadian-American comedy legends Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara have signed on to MGM’s upcoming fully-animated The Addams Family feature. The much-lauded actors, who have both won Primetime Emmy Awards, will voice an unspecified married couple, opposite Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Gomez and Morticia Addams.

“We insisted that we record together. Because we play husband and wife. So that is always beneficial,” Short told Metro. “Catherine is a life-long friend and co-worker so it comes with a very rich shorthand. So there’s an advantage to having us two together in the same room … Plus, just think of any great comedy scene between a man and a woman. If you had separated them and shot it in different sound stages and made it look like they’re at the same table, it wouldn’t be as good.”

Short has notably voice stars in PBS KIDS series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!, and has also recorded roles for Madagascar 3FrankenweenieLegends of Oz and the English version of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, along with guest star spots on BoJack Horseman and The Simpsons. He can be heard in three different roles in the new CG indie holiday feature Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer, out December 1, and in BRON’s The Willoughbys for Netflix (2020).

O’Hara, like Short an alum of SCTV and feature of many live-action comedy classics, has voiced roles for numerous animated movies and TV projects, including Chicken Little Over the HedgeMonster HouseBrother Bear 2FrankenweenieWhen Marnie Was ThereGlenn Martin DDS and Skylanders Academy. She can be seen in the award-winning CBC TV series Schitt’s Creek, which will premiere season 5 in January (available on Netflix in the U.S.)

The voice cast for The Addams Family also features Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Bette Midler as Grandmama, and Allison Janney as arch-nemesis Margeaux Needler. Directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2Monsters vs. Aliens) and Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends, Day of the Diesels) from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman, animation and VFX is being produced by Cinesite Studios in Vancouver.

The Addams Family will be released October 11, 2019.

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Waiting for Scorsese

One Saturday early this summer, five members of the cast of the sketch-comedy show “SCTV,” Canada’s answer to “Saturday Night Live,” which aired between 1976 and 1984, assembled at the London Hotel, in midtown. They were there to meet Martin Scorsese, who is making a documentary about “SCTV” for Netflix. The plan was for an on-camera conversation, to be conducted in the hotel’s penthouse suite, but when the cast arrived, at 7 p.m., Scorsese hadn’t yet shown up. They were escorted to a small sitting room, where they lounged on hotel-style furniture, drank wine, and picked at a spread of M&M’s and charcuterie.

“What are you thinkin’, honey?” Andrea Martin called over to Martin Short, who was stretched out on a sofa.

“Me?” Short said. “I can’t wait.” He rubbed his hands together impishly. “Martin Scorsese. He’s a fan.”

This was the first of two conversation scenes that Scorsese was planning to film. The second would take place five weeks later, before an audience at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, and would be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Andrew Alexander, “SCTV” ’s producer and the longtime C.E.O. of the improv-comedy theatre the Second City, suggested that the cast might actually have two onstage conversations with Kimmel, so that Scorsese could gather more material.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Martin said.

“I think it’s insane,” Short said, taking a sip of white wine.

“Will we be showing the same clips?” asked Dave Thomas, who was sitting on a tall chair by a window.

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara On Scorsese’s ‘SCTV’ Doc, & How ‘We Don’t Consider Ourselves Comedians’

In the pantheon of male and female comedy duos, one can feasibly rank SCTV alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara up there with such greats as George and Gracie Burns and Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder. Broadcasting out of the Great White North, the two established a reputation for respectively playing nerdy and brassy alter-egos, quite often together. Yet underneath their characters’ quirks was a humanity, emphasized during their pairing in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries, and even more so in the Pop series Schitt’s Creek created by Levy and son Dan. O’Hara and Levy play former soap opera star and bankrupt video store king Moira and Johnny Rose who take refuge in a small town they bought. Together the former metropolitans along with their kids Alexis (Annie Murphy) and David (Dan Levy) look to rebound, and season 4 marks a turning point where they learn to shed their superficial exteriors and connect with those around them.

There’s an endearing element to Schitt’s Creek where it doesn’t treat the locals like punching bags, which can be the case for a comedy series of this kind.

 Eugene Levy: The Rose family are kind of the freaks and the town is a civil place with relatively normal people. It’s an all-inclusive town where people deal with people based on who they are, not what they are. The first three seasons we were dealing with this fish-out-of-water element, but once we settled down we see how the Rose family was evolving and integrating themselves in the town. The Roses’ daughter Alexis [Annie Murphy] has come a long way. She can now rule out her former life. When her old friend comes to visit, Alexis sees the shallowness. Her friend says, “It’s been too long. We can’t let this happen again,” and Alexis responds “It won’t.” That’s a big step for her.

What’s one of your takeaway moments from Season 4?

Levy: When Patrick [Noah Reid] is at an open mic and he decides to sing to David [Dan Levy], who is quite embarrassed that his boyfriend is singing in public. But when he realizes the song is about him, it gets emotional. David realizes that the love between them is coming through the song. Moira then touches David’s arm and that’s a bring-out-the-Kleenex moment.

O’Hara: For someone who’s proud to say in public that they really cared for David, that’s killer. I love doing the family scenes with the four of them. Those are the most fun.

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