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Catherine O’Hara Top Five

Catherine O’Hara Top Five

Catherine O’Hara Top Five

Catherine O'HaraCatherine Anne O’Hara OC (born 1954) is a Canadian actress, comedian, writer, and singer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Genie Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Canadian Screen Awards. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018 and was honored with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in 2020. O’Hara first drew notice as an actress in 1974 as a member of The Second City improvisational comedy troupe in Toronto. She landed her first significant television role starring opposite John Candy and Dan Aykroyd in the main cast of the sitcom Coming Up Rosie (1975–1978). The following year, O’Hara and Candy began work on the sketch comedy series Second City Television (1976–84), where she drew critical acclaim for both her work as a comedic actress and writer, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1981.

O’Hara has appeared in several films directed by Tim Burton, beginning with the role of Delia Deetz in the 1988 fantasy comedy film Beetlejuice. Other roles she has portrayed in Burton films include the voices of Sally/Shock in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Susan Frankenstein in Frankenweenie (2012). O’Hara has also frequently collaborated with director and writer Christopher Guest, appearing in the mockumentary films Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), and For Your Consideration (2006), the latter of which she won the National Board of Review’s for Best Supporting Actress award and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2000, she won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the crime drama film The Life Before This. She is also known to audiences for her role as Kate McCallister, the mother of Kevin, in the Christmas comedy film Home Alone (1990) and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).

In 2010, O’Hara was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her portrayal of Aunt Ann in Temple Grandin, opposite Claire Danes. For her work on the television series Schitt’s Creek (2015–2020), she has won five consecutive Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and earned two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2020.

Her other notable television appearances include the recurring roles of Dr. Georgina Orwell in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events and Carol Ward in Six Feet Under, and the voices of Jackie Martin in Glenn Martin, DDS, Miss Malone in The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, Kaossandra in Skylanders Academy and Liz Larsen in Committed. She has also hosted Saturday Night Live twice and made numerous guest appearances on sitcoms, variety shows, and late-night television.

#5 Home Alone 2 (1992) – Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad’s credit card—despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, the Wet Bandits, he’s determined to foil their plans to rob a toy store on Christmas eve.

#4 Waiting for Guffman (1996) – Corky St. Clair is a director, actor and dancer in Blaine, Missouri. When it comes time to celebrate Blaine’s 150th anniversary, Corky resolves to bring down the house in Broadway style.

#3 Beetlejuice (1988) – Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he’s got a diabolical agenda of his own.

#2 A Mighty Wind (2003) – In “A Mighty Wind”, director Christopher Guest reunites the team from “Best In Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” to tell tell the story of 60’s-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York City’s Town Hall.

#1 Best In Show (2000) – The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives – the Mayflower Dog Show. The canine contestants and their owners are as wondrously diverse as the great country that has bred them.

Christopher Guest Top Five

Christopher Guest Top Five

Christopher Guest Top Five

Christopher GuestChristopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), is an American–British screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed, and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest’s films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (which he did not direct) and continued with Waiting for GuffmanBest in ShowA Mighty WindFor Your Consideration, and Mascots.

Guest holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis.

Even though I am a huge fan of Christopher Guest, I had no idea he was a Baron and I had no idea he was married to Jamie Lee Curtis. Married to Jamie Lee and funny as hell… that is just not right.

#5 This is Spinal Tap (1984) – “This Is Spinal Tap” shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.

#4 Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon (2015) – A look at the history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010, featuring rare and never before seen footage, this is the mind boggling story of The National Lampoon from its subversive and electrifying beginnings, to rebirth as an unlikely Hollywood heavyweight, and beyond. A humour empire like no other, the impact of the magazines irreverent, often shocking, sensibility was nothing short of seismic: this is an institution whose (drunk stoned brilliant) alumni left their fingerprints all over popular culture. Both insanely great and breathtakingly innovative, The National Lampoon created the foundation of modern comic sensibility by setting the bar in comedy impossibly high.

#3 A Mighty Wind (2003) – In “A Mighty Wind”, director Christopher Guest reunites the team from “Best In Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” to tell tell the story of 60’s-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York City’s Town Hall.

#2 The Princess Bride (1987) – In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can’t stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.

#1 Best in Show (2000) – The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives – the Mayflower Dog Show. The canine contestants and their owners are as wondrously diverse as the great country that has bred them.

Pauly Shore Top Five

Pauly Shore Top Five

Pauly Shore Top Five

Pauly Shore Top FivePaul Montgomery Shore (born February 1, 1968) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker is best known for his roles in several comedy films in the 1990s. Shore began as a stand-up comedian at the age of 17, before becoming an MTV VJ in 1989. This led to a starring role in the comedy film Encino Man in 1992, which was a modest hit. Roles in other films followed, including Son in Law (1993) and Bio-Dome (1996).

Pauly Shore was part of my childhood. I wore out his first comedy album. I watched his movies over and over and over. He was The Weasel, he was funny, and he is still around.

#5 Jury Duty (1995) – When jobless Tommy Collins discovers that sequestered jurors earn free room and board as well as $5-a-day, he gets himself assigned to a jury in a murder trial. Once there, he does everything he can to prolong the trial and deliberations and make the sequestration more comfortable for himself.

#4 Pauly Shore is Dead (2003) – Hollywood comedian/actor Pauly Shore loses everything: his house, nobody in Hollywood wants to represent him, he moves back home with his mom and is now parking cars at the Comedy Store. Then one night when he’s up in his mom’s loft, a dead famous comedian appears who tells Pauly to kill himself cause he’ll go down as a comedic genius who died before his time. Pauly then fakes his own death, and the media goes crazy.

#3 Bio-Dome (1996) – Bud and Doyle are two losers who are doing nothing with their lives. Both of their girlfriends are actively involved in saving the environment, but the two friends couldn’t care less about saving the Earth. One day, when a group of scientists begin a mission to live inside a “Bio-Dome” for a year without outside contact, Bud and Doyle mistakenly become part of the project themselves.

#2 Encino Man (1992) – High school misfits Stoney and Dave discover a long-frozen primeval man buried in their back yard. But the thawed-out Link—as the boys have named him—quickly becomes a wild card in the teens’ already zany southern California lives. After a shave and some new clothes, Link’s presence at school makes the daily drudgery a lot more interesting.

#1 Son in Law (1993) – Country girl Rebecca has spent most of her life on a farm in South Dakota, and, when she goes away to college in Los Angeles, Rebecca immediately feels out of place in the daunting urban setting. She is befriended by a savvy party animal named Crawl, who convinces the ambivalent Rebecca to stay in the city. When Thanksgiving break rolls around, Rebecca, no longer an innocent farm girl, invites Crawl back to South Dakota, where he pretends to be her fiancé.

Patton Oswalt Top Five

Patton Oswalt Top Five

Patton Oswalt Top Five

Patton Oswalt Top FivePatton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian. In television, he is known for his role as Spence Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007) and guest-starring as the Koenigs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2020). After making his acting debut in the Seinfeld episode “The Couch,” he has since appeared in a variety of television shows, including Kim PossibleParks and RecreationCommunityTwo and a Half MenDrunk HistoryReno 911!Mystery Science Theater 3000ArcherVeepA.P. Bio and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He currently narrates the sitcom The Goldbergs (2013–present) as adult Adam F. Goldberg.

Oswalt is known for voicing Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille (2007) and co-starring opposite Charlize Theron in Young Adult (2011). Other notable film credits include starring in Big Fan (2009), Nature Calls (2012), Freaks of Nature (2015), Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016), Nostalgia (2018), and The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019). He also appeared in Blade: Trinity (2004), The Informant! (2009), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). He was also on the show Justified.

In his work as a stand-up comedian, he has appeared in six stand-up specials and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016).

Here is Patton Oswalt’s Top Five from This Geeks World:

#5 Big Fan – Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described “world’s biggest New York Giants fan”. One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas station and decide to follow him. At a strip club Paul cautiously decides to approach him but the chance encounter brings Paul’s world crashing down around him.

#4 Nature Calls – Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk’s son’s sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.

#3 Sorry to Bother You – In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.

#2 Ratatouille – A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely – and certainly unwanted – visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

#1 The Comedians of Comedy – The Comedians of Comedy is an occasional stand-up comedy tour featuring Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford that was documented in a 2005 film and 2005 Comedy Central television series of the same name, both directed by Michael Blieden. This is one of the best tour-based comedy specials ever made!

Tell Em Steve-Dave

Tell Em Steve-Dave

tell em steve daveTell em Steve-Dave! That is the sign off to one of my favorite podcasts. The sign off to one of the downloads that I wait on each and every week. Hosted by Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn, this is potentially the best podcast on the SmodCo Network – sorry Kevin. If I could make a Venn Diagram – easily and not on either of the two pain in the ass sites I just looked at – the sweet spot of this podcast, the middle of that Venn diagram, lies somewhere in the middle of the three main hosts. That being said, you also have to take into account the supporting cast that they bring to play from time to time and the various forms that TESD take from week to week.

It seems stupid, and uneccessary to say but the hosts really are the selling point for this show. They are wonderful with each other. There is history at play between these three that cannot be faked. The way that the three of them interact with each other needs to be bottled and sold to the public – TESD Energy Drink. They are like a functioning government where each one of them is the check and balance to the other. Walt and BQ don’t have a problem calling Brian out on his shit. Bryan and BQ are able to give Walt a focus for his amazing and sometimes absurdly, funny creativity and Bry and Walt allow BQ to step out of his every day life with Impractical Jokers and do something completely different. But in the end, their friendship and history is really what makes the show work. I certainly still listen when one of the guys is missing but when they are all together it is podcast gold.

tell em steve daveAlong with the three hosts of Tell em Steve-Dave, the supporting cast that they are able to call on is remarkable, and strange, and unique… and … odd. I am going to miss a lot but here are my favorites:

  1. MIng Chen – Of Comic Book Men and I Sell Comics Fam
  2. Mike Zapcic – Also of I Sell Comics and Comic Book Men Fam
  3. Get Em Steve-Dave – current employee of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, former bottle dump diver and just all around interesting guy – in particular when he has managed to draw the ire of all three hosts at one time.
  4. Sunday Jeff – Damn I love Sunday Jeff and he can spit some mad lyrics… You need to listen to the show to get this one. I will eventually make the trip to Mecca – in this case the Stash – and I do want to meet Sunday Jeff.

TESD reinvents itself all the time. When the guys feel the need to do something new, it seems that Mr Flanagan is the one that the ball is tossed to. He will grabbed hold of a topic or an idea for a game and beat that idea into submission. The results are amazing. From Overdrive to any of the games they have added over the last 6 months, these guys keep it new and interesting. Overdrive episodes are my favorite, if I had to pick a type of show but they are followed very closely by the trial by fire-ANTS episodes. Those are long form, multiple episode pods and I love them.

tell em steve daveThere is no need to give TESD the 7 Days a Geek three episode challenge. If you give it a listen and make it through to the end of the show – you will end up adding this to your podcast playlist. From the hosts to the supporting cast and in particular, they way these guys keep changing the show, TESD one of my go-to podcasts.

PS – I listen for the ads and to the ads. They do some of the best ads on any podcast, anywhere. And most of the time the ones that involves Bryan’s niece or Walt’s girls make me roll a tear.

Post PS – TESD came before Impractical Jokers for me. I had caught a couple of episodes but I ended up on a business trip to Palm Springs and at night will I was working at the hotel I watched hours of IJ. Another great show and another reason to love this crew of people.

Tell Em Steve-Dave!

And I will be buying a Four-Color Demons patch soon – I will post pictures when it comes in.