Stephen Glenn Martin, an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician, was born on August 14, 1945. He has received five Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and an Honorary Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013.
Steve Martin, Buck Henry, and Teri Garr star in The Absent-Minded Waiter, a 1977 American comedy short film. Martin wrote the screenplay and Carl Gottlieb directed the film. William E. McEuen, who would go on to produce Steve Martin’s next six films, produced the movie. On March 26, 1977, the short was aired as part of Filmex’s ‘Best of the Shorts’ program, and it was also shown at Martin’s stand-up concerts before he went on. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Movie.
A couple went out to supper at a posh restaurant where the husband believes the world’s most oblivious server works. Martin portrays a shabby waiter. He has a history of making mistakes, such as pouring water into the glasses before setting them down, having the couple repeat their order of ‘two martinis’ three times, and then giving them six martinis.
The video concludes with the wife becoming enraged that she dressed up, engaged a babysitter, and was then whisked away to a restaurant with egregiously poor service. “Believe me… trust me,” the spouse begs her. The waiter then returns with their “change,” a total of $10,000, before the couple has even paid. As they eagerly get from their seats to depart, the waiter returns to inquire, “Two for dinner?” The wife swiftly says, “Yes, two please,” and the pair returns to their table.
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