The Absent-Minded Waiter

I have to believe this was inspired by actual events. From Wiki-wiki-wikipedia

The Absent-Minded Waiter is a 1977 American comedy short film starring Steve Martin, Buck Henry and Teri Garr. It was written by Martin and directed by Carl Gottlieb. The film was produced by William E. McEuen, who would go on to produce Steve Martin’s next six films.

The short was screened as part of “The Best of the Shorts” program at Filmex on March 26, 1977 and was also shown at Martin’s stand-up shows before he went on. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

It’s a classic. By the way, Steve Martin is 75 now.

3 Replies to “The Absent-Minded Waiter”

  1. I’ve never seen that. I almost choked when he said Stack of Lips. Probably not far from my Paulette’s customers’ experience, but they never let me handle $, so that part didn’t happen.

  2. Buck Henry da man. Had no idea that there was archival Steve Martin I missed, thankyou thankyou!

    Also didn´t realize that this was an Oscar category. Almost seems like any long comedy skit could be eligible – which would be overwhelming. The winner from last year: The Neighbors´ Window.

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