HOW DAN LEVY MADE THE FUNNIEST SHOW ON TV


first_img Login/Register With: Dan Levy (Photo by CBC) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement DAN LEVY MADE SCHITT’S CREEK WITH HIS DAD. BUT IT’S HIS WEIRD LITTLE BABY.Here’s what I think we should do,” Dan Levy says as he leafs through a rack of Balenciaga, selecting an oversize matte gray hoodie with “europa!” emblazoned on its front. “We should lean into the moment here, because this is the kind of thing people come here for.”It’s a December morning and we’ve been wandering the freshly opened Dover Street Market in Los Angeles, a single-level fashion maze outfitted in an old warehouse, with brick walls painted gallery-white and a distracted funhouse layout housing various lines of Comme des Garçons, Prada, and Gucci. Part art installation, part sartorial playground, this is clothing less as a matter of practical exigency and more as a multisensory experience. There are no fewer than five, equally chic salespeople offering us water or assistance.“I say we do just a full fashion look,” he continues. “Label whore-y.” READ MORE‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ CAST REVEALS DREAM GUEST STARS: OPRAH, BEYONCE AND …“Schitt’s Creek” has big dreams.Dan Levy, who stars as David on the series, says his wish list of guest stars includes Oprah, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow. “All for different reasons, none of whom we’ll get,” he cracked at the Critics’ Choice Awards.For those who haven’t caught on to the “Schitt’s Creek” phenomenon, the show centers around the Roses, a wealthy family (Dan’s real-life dad Eugene Levy plays his father, with Catherine O’Hara as his former soap opera star mom and his sister Alexis played by Annie Murphy) who are forced to relocate to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they bought for their son as a birthday gift when he was still a child, after they lose all their money. READ MOREIN CONVERSATION WITH ACTOR AND COMEDIAN DAN LEVYThe Great Canadian Baking Show host weighs in on oven drama, queer characters and working with his dad, Eugene.You’re already the star and showrunner of the hit comedy Schitt’s Creek. What made you decide to also get involved with a baking series?I was binge-watching The Great British Baking Show and tweeted that if it ever came to Canada, I’d love to host it. I went to sleep and woke up to a million responses saying it is coming here and I should do it. Then I got the call from CBC asking, “Are you serious?”Why do you think food reality shows are so popular? People like the positivity. It’s a show about trying to improve yourself—the competition is between the baker and their oven. And it’s suspenseful! You might think, How much suspense can you have in a show about baking? But there is high anxiety in finding out if the bottom of your pie has baked all the way through. READ MORE How Schitt’s Creek Pulled Off the Making of The Crows Have Eyes IIIIf Schitt’s Creek fans thought Catherine O’Hara was deserving of more awards attention before, the season-five premiere should settle it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The episode finds O’Hara’s Moira Rose traveling to Bosnia to film her “comeback vehicle,” The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening. Initially, the movie’s jaded young director, Blaire (no last name), shows zero interest in discussing Moira’s extensive script revisions. “It’s an apocalyptic fantasy about mutant crows; I think we all know what we’re making here,” he says. (“A timely allegory about prejudice,” she answers.) But Moira will not be deterred. She later reminds him of a lesson she learned during her soap-opera days, when she was asked to play her own father who became pregnant despite a vasectomy and portray what remains the longest-running demonic possession in daytime: “We were No. 1. Every project has potential. If you allow yourself to see it, and give it the respect it deserves, others just may follow suit.”The episode, written by executive producer/co-star Dan Levy, culminates with Moira standing in a large nest in front of a green screen and delivering a stirring monologue as Dr. Clara Mandrake — who’s now half-human, half-crow. To quote Blaire (guest star James Cade), “I don’t know why, or really even how, but something about this actually works.” READ MOREYES, SCHITT’S CREEK REALLY IS THAT GOODWe regret having slept on this clever and occasionally poignant show for so long—maybe you will, too.For whatever reason, I was initially reluctant to watch Schitt’s Creek. For years, even. Maybe it was the title, which suggested something crass and obvious, a small-town satire of hicks and rubes and the snobs who scoff at them. Or maybe the Canadianness of the show off-put me somehow—though as a nearly lifelong Degrassi fan, a few “sore-ys” shouldn’t have bothered me.I certainly wasn’t deterred by the cast, or at least the grande dame of the group, Catherine O’Hara—an undersung comedic genius whose presence alone ought to have brought me running. Yet I avoided the series, didn’t much listen to friends who told me it was good, ignored O’Hara’s siren call. How foolish I was! READ MOREKNOW YOUR SCHITT! A GUIDE TO THE CAST & CHARACTERS OF SCHITT’S CREEKSchitt’s Creek has kicked off its fifth season so you may already be well-acquainted with the fish-out-of-water tale of a bankrupt clan from the big city banished to a rural town with an expletive-adjacent name they bought as a joke. You may already know that Eugene Levy and his son, showrunner Dan Levy, co-created Schitt’s Creek together making it an on-and-off screen family affair. You’ve probably seen the Twitter campaigns to give the show all the awards. If you are watching Schitt’s Creek, you know its popularity is due to its sidesplitting cast of lovable misfits and the actors who portray them. READ MORE‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ FLOWS SMOOTHLY INTO SEASON 5A sitcom lucky enough to reach its fifth season has managed to navigate its vulnerable infancy, its nervous childhood, its awkward adolescence and its halting young-adulthood. Like most of us at that stage of life, it knows what it is — enough to convincingly fake it, anyway — and it can finally get on with the business of being that.College is done, the world beckons, they’re at peak confidence and vitality. The hard work’s over, right? Smooth sailing!Wrong. The real work is only beginning. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This is a story Levy has heard, in one version or another, over and over again since the show premiered almost four years ago. “The most vulnerable place you can be is in front of your television screen,” he says. “To change conversations in people’s households about the beauty of gay love is an unbelievable thing to behold.” READ MORE Advertisement HOW DAN LEVY MADE THE FUNNIEST SHOW ON TVDan Levy might not have meant to make the most consistently perfect 20-ish minutes of television regularly available, but he has: Schitt’s Creek (the fifth season of which premieres on Pop tonight) is laugh-out-loud funny situational and observational comedy that is somehow as dry as it is warm. Amid a landscape of heavy-handed “political” shows and unintelligent fluff, his show has steadily emerged as an oasis of good humor, sweetness, and gentle snark. Levy, as its showrunner and one of its stars, is to thank for many of Schitt’s Creek’s pleasures, as well as its central concept, which could not be better suited for our current Trump era: rich people getting what they deserve.Though his father, Eugene Levy, has made a career—namely with Second City, Christopher Guest’s comedies, and in seminal teen gross-outs like American Pie—out of straight-playing, slightly bumbling everyman roles realized with both outright ridiculousness and dignity, Dan Levy began his own rise to televised fame as a host on a Canadian after-show for The Hills. This knowledge—of reality television and its chronicling of American ostentatiousness—has served him well: David Rose, his character on the show, with his all-black designer wardrobe and its curious embellishments, could have been plucked from any number of MTV’s reality offerings, past or present; the gist of the plot (swindled out of their fortune, the Roses are dropped into a ridiculously named rural town their patriarch bought as a joke and forced to get jobs and find purpose as they attempt to scheme and strive their way back into the lives they left behind) would be welcome on Bravo’s slate at any time of day. READ MORESCHITT’S CREEK IS SO EXCELLENT BECAUSE DAN LEVY CALLS THE SHOTSDuring a benefit for the Trevor Project last year, Dan Levy was approached by a total stranger. She opened up to him (in a crowd of over 800 people) about her upbringing as a queer person in a very religious family, alluding to difficulties with her mother, in particular. But then, she finished her story by thanking him. His show, Schitt’s Creek, which has its season 5 premiere tomorrow, was a favorite of her mom’s. And when the pansexual character David (portrayed by Levy) finally found love with Patrick (played by Noah Reid) in season four, it changed something in their mother-daughter dynamic. Her mom finally understood a little something about the distance between them. Twitterlast_img

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