Here’s the video for “Dinner for One”, a short sketch everyone talks about on New Year’s Eve (specially in Germany).
This is a classic comedy that has withstood the test of time.
I learned about this many many New Year’s Eves ago, but it seems to be “rediscovered” on the Internet recently. Looks like another generation has stumbled upon an amazing nugget of world pop culture.
Press play to watch the video below.
“Dinner for One” is a British comedy sketch written by Lauri Wylie that was originally performed by actor Freddie Frinton and actress May Warden. The sketch has gained widespread popularity in Germany, where it is traditionally shown on New Year’s Eve and has become a cultural phenomenon. The sketch follows the elderly Miss Sophie and her loyal butler James as they host a dinner party for Miss Sophie’s deceased friends. Despite the empty seats at the table, James must pretend to be all of Miss Sophie’s friends and toast to their health.
The sketch has been broadcast on German television every New Year’s Eve since 1972, making it a longstanding tradition for many Germans. It has become so popular that it has been dubbed into German and is also shown in other countries around the world. In Germany, it is a common practice to watch “Dinner for One” with friends and family as a way to kick off the New Year.
The popularity of “Dinner for One” in Germany can be attributed to its timeless humor and the enduring appeal of its characters. The absurdity of the situation and the antics of Miss Sophie and James have resonated with audiences for decades. The sketch has also gained a cult following due to its frequent airing on New Year’s Eve, cementing its place in German popular culture.