Friday, February 16, 2007

dinner for one

Dinner for One, also known as The 90th Birthday, is a comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre in the 1920s. German television station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded a performance of the piece in 1963, in its original English language. This short comical play subsequently went on to become the most frequently repeated TV programme ever (according to the Guinness Book of Records, 1988-1995 eds.; later editions no longer have the category).

The 18 minute black-and-white 1963 TV recording featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden has become an integral component of the New Year's Eve schedule of several German television stations and an absolute cult television classic in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Austria: On New Year's Eve 2003 alone, the sketch was broadcast 19 times (on various channels). As of 2005, the sketch has been repeated more than 230 times. It is famous in other countries as well — including German-speaking Switzerland and South Africa.

I had never seen this before, but it is hilarious. Yes I know it involves drunkenness & I know too many people who have grown up in homes where there has been alcohol abuse. But it is still funny.

Part 1

Part 2

Thanks to Eric Lee for the link to the video.


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