The Schitt's Creek star discusses Moira Rose's distinctive voice, the ongoing popularity of family sitcoms and making fun of people in a changing world

Catherine O'Hara

SCHITT’S CREEK (Eugene Levy and Dan Levy). Season five premieres January 8 on CBC at 9 pm and streams on CBC GemSCHITT’S CREEK: UP CLOSE & PERSONAL at Sony Centre (1 Front East), February 25. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $50-$135.

Six days before Christmas, I hopped on the phone and spoke to Catherine O’Hara about appetizers. Specifically, we spoke about the fact that my choice to serve them in lieu of a proper Christmas dinner would likely prove to be more difficult than just making a bird – and O’Hara would know because she planned to host 22 people for the holiday, and over the course of her life has learned how to delegate kitchen duties, read recipes and enjoy cooking.

Which is something I could’ve spoken to her about for hours. But of course, I could’ve talked to her about anything for hours: O’Hara is a comedy and acting legend, whose work on SCTV, Home Alone, Best In Show, and Schitt’s Creek has earned her accolades from fans and peers – as well as the Order of Canada.

That said, if you haven’t seen Schitt’s Creek, there’s never been a better time to start watching. On February 25, O’Hara will join stars Eugene and Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire and Noah Reid at the Sony Centre for Schitt’s Creek: Up Close & Personal, where they’ll talk about everything from the production process to behind-the-scenes stories.

The latter should be plentiful: the fifth season premieres on CBC on January 8, and will only add another layer to the story of Johnny (Eugene Levy), Moira Rose (O’Hara) and their kids, David and Alexis (Dan and Murphy) as they attempt to get their lives back together in the eponymous small town after losing their family fortune at the hands of their business manager.