WTF Podcast

Episode 419 - Catherine O’Hara

The Week Of Improv Comedy Legends continues with the great Catherine O’Hara. Catherine tells Marc how she honed her comedic instincts in a household of seven children and how those skills came into play while working with some of the biggest forces in comedy. She also talks about her time on SCTV, her very brief time on SNL, and all of those classic films on which she left an indelible mark. This episode is sponsored by Trunk Club, Audible, Adam & Eve and HuluPlus.


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Jon August 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

Good interview Marc. Would love to see if you can get Martin Short to come in. Would be a great interview.

Bob Mueller August 29, 2013 at 10:33 am


Maybe your sound issue may be a ground loop problem. Replace all your 1/4” patch cords with balanced (stereo) 1/4” patch cords, and use 3 to 2-prong AC plug adapters (cheaters) on the power cord plugs on the components in your recording system (computer, pre-amps, etc.). I know the cheaters present a shock hazard, but it’s the electrical potential difference that causes the problem, and the cheaters defeat this because it disconnects the system from ground—just be careful! (i.e. don’t interview in water, etc.). Hope this helps

Brian Burlingame August 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

The sound issues resemble cell phone interference. That seems like something simple that could have been overlooked.

Badsy August 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Holy advertising segment at the beginning,.

Justin August 29, 2013 at 11:58 pm


Absolutely love Catherine O’Hara and WTF is a great place for Mckean and Short and all these ‘SCTV’ sorta era greats.

Catherine OHara is really under-rated and so humble I really don’t think she realizes what a legend she really is?
              and not mentioned enough but - she is one gorgeous babe too.

Anyways.. wow this was a great instant classic WTF!

Bob Mueller August 30, 2013 at 8:41 am

Hi again Mark,

....after some more checking, found a link for a SAFER safe to eliminate ground loop, also with a way to check to see if ground loop is your problem:

Christopher August 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

Great interview and she’s so much fun to listen to. What a great laugh.

Chris Buck August 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Great interview Marc.

Catherine O’Hara really is such a nice person. I grew up in the same neighborhood as her in Toronto and one day a friend told me that he knew her home phone number so we called her and she actually spoke to us. She was just normal and sweet and appreciative, and then we got off the phone and stopped bothering her.

nickster August 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Hey Marc, remind your guests that part of their job is to be entertaining not just pleasant. Funny how some entertainers seem to not be aware of that.

Coolrobert August 31, 2013 at 3:32 am

I love Catherine O’Hara. She’s such an amazing talent and has had some an amazing career. She really shines in this warm and casual interview. You always bring out the best in people, Marc.
The tech guys did a great job with the audio. It sounds great and I’m so happy this interview wasn’t lost.

Ali August 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Great interview.

My amateur psychological diagnosis for you is mild Cluster B Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD); co-morbidity with several Axis I disorders including anxiety, substance abuse and mild depressive disorders. Based on the DSM-IV criteria, and the feelings that you have publicly expressed, I think it’s a good fit. On the continuum of BPD, you seem to be on the mild side (e.g., no physical self harm except for alcohol/drug dependence).

An important point to note is that you may be diagnosed for the many Axis I disorders (e.g., Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Alcohol/Drug Dependence); however, this can cause clinicians to miss the presence of the underlying BPD. From wikipedia “a complex pattern of Axis I diagnoses has been found to strongly predict the presence of BPD, clinicians can use the feature of a complex pattern of comorbidity as a clue that BPD might be present.”

What is the prize?


OGRastamon August 31, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I was going to say that it was kind of strange how you spoke to her like you were meeting her for the first time when you seemed so close the last time she was on. Turns out it was another of my patented celebrity confusions. Now I must go find out what Caroline Rhea actually did if she wasn’t on SCTV.

Scott August 31, 2013 at 7:33 pm

There is some great entertainment out there via podcast, so much great listening.

Maron is really the best, though.  I get the feeling that he really appreciates his success.  That enthusiastic gratitude helps make him so interesting and engaging.

All of this in spite of his grief for Boomer.
Oh, sorrow.

Jean Lindén September 01, 2013 at 3:06 am

Nickster, are you suggesting O’Hara was just “pleasant”, not “entertaining”? I sure thought she was bucket loads of both, and to me the idea is that the guests can be themselves, and talk about fun staff and sad stuff and everything in between.
To say that their “JOB is to be entertaining” is, for me, to kinda miss the point of the whole podcast.

Martha Garvey September 09, 2013 at 4:34 am

Thanks for this. Especially fine interview. This was like a kindness + comedy university. What a joy to hear you two appreciate each other.

Virginia K March 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm

One of my favorite interviews.  Love Lena!

On another note, please stop with the Ohio bashing.  Stereotyping is lame.