Bernie Cates requests the services of the most absent-minded waiter he's ever seen, who pours water before setting the glasses, endlessly repeats questions, brings wrong orders, and ruins everything- but the bill.
Steven, a clumsy man with the memory of a goldfish, works as a waiter at a fancy restaurant downtown. When the happily-married couple of Bernie and Susan arrive for dinner, the most absent-minded waiter in the world will do everything in his power to offer an unforgettable and profoundly gratifying experience.Written by
With the combination of Steve Martin, Buck Henry and Teri Garr, you know that you're in for something good. And the Academy Award-nominated short "The Absent-Minded Waiter" is just that. Martin stars as the inept title character who messes up Henry's and Garr's dinner experience every step of the way. If one wanted to take a serious look at this short, I might compare it to a scene in "The Graduate", for which Henry wrote the screenplay (you may recall the scene where Ben does everything possible to make Elaine feel uncomfortable during the date).
This is apparently available on a box set of Steve Martin's TV appearances, but I saw it on YouTube. With any luck, all Oscar-nominated shorts will eventually be available there.
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