Dinner For One

The sketch presents the 90th birthday of elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie, who hosts a celebration dinner every year for her friends Mr Pommeroy, Mr Winterbottom, Sir Toby, and Admiral von Schneider. The problem is that due to Miss Sophie’s considerable age, she has outlived all of her friends, and so her equally aged manservant James makes his way around the table, impersonating each of the guests in turn. Miss Sophie decides on appropriate drinks to accompany the menu served by James, who finds himself raising (and emptying) his glass four times per course. That takes its toll, increasingly noticeable in James’s growing difficulty in pouring the drinks, telling wine glasses from vases of flowers, and refraining from bursting into song. (source)

The crucial exchange during every course is:
James: The same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?
Miss Sophie: The same procedure as every year, James!

As CrazyWaiter it’s fun to impersonate people who are not sitting at the table. Have fun!

(met dank aan D.)

[NL] Knallen in de horeca

There are a lot of television programs about the kitchen (for instance Gordon Ramsey), but finally there’s a program about the waiters and the service side of our job. In this program the employees are trained by Willem Reimers, a man who has a lot of experience in the business.

I really like the fact that there is serious attention for our job. The program is well done. It’s hilarious to see the behaviour at the beginning, filmed with candid cameras. A waiter gave his phonenumber, and another waitress even gossiped about other guests to guests. Of course everything is improved at the end, I hope they can continue this.

I did not see shocking new things for me personally from the training given in the program, but it emphasizes the fact that the management should really give more attention to taste the products we sell. I also realized that being the responsible person on the floor not means that you have to be tight and criticize the others all the time, but above all have to coach them on the path to excellence.

The program is really well done, and I hope this program has a lot of viewers. Not only waiters but also the guest, so they’ll appreciate our job even more! After this when everybody knows how to do it well, a program MasterWaiter (inspired by Masterchef) to show who is the best waiter of the country?

See it yourself at the site of Knallen in de Horeca. (To see the program, click ‘gemist’. Unfortunately it’s in dutch and not subtitled.)


Today I was in Paris for the last time. I have lived near it for more than five years. A film about this city is Ratatouille ! Je l’aime !

In the hilarious new animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the city of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris’ most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Remy finds himself torn between following his dreams or returning forever to his previous existence as a rat. He learns the truth about friendship, family and having no choice but to be who he really is, a rat who wants to be a chef.

via Ratatouille Trailer – YouTube.

Behind the bash

Your CrazyWaiter has a lot of foodsteps in the partycatering. It’s cool, you start with nothing (an empty building or garage), you build up a restaurant or partycenter, you do the party, you break down and you end with nothing. Especially when it’s on location it’s about 25% service, 25% kitchen and 50% organisation.

Behind the Bash is a show hosted by Giada De Laurentiis (@gdelaurentiis) that aired on Food Network.

The show focuses on what it takes to create the (quoted from Food Network’s website)”over-the-top, high-rolling parties from glitzy Las Vegas to New York City.” In these fragments they are following the catering for the afterparty of the Grammy awards. Giada is invited behind the scenes of a Grammy after party that was several months in the making. In four days, 6,000 guests are set to arrive at the L.A. Convention Center. Things have to be unforgettably elegant and over-the-top gourmet. After the jump also an episode detailing the grand opening gala for the new theatrical production, Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular, which opened at The Venetian.

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Great miming in Paris… je t’aime

Paris Je t’aime is a film consisting of 18 little films each representing an arrondisement in Paris (two are left out).  This video, shot near the Eiffel tower (8th arrondisement,) is written and directed by French animator Sylvain Chomet. A boy tells how his parents, both mime artists (Paul Putner and Yolande Moreau), meet in prison and fall in love. It’s great inspiration for CrazyWaiters, I’ll use the gesture of the hand moving from the bottom of the face to the top to let appear a smile a lot 🙂

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Expert Translation… or not?

This improvisation can also be done with real guests (or collegues), with real conversations. You “translate” what the other says by using you’re fantasy, in a real language or not. A lot of variations is possible, also depending on your own knowledge of the languages and inspiration. You can add up fun with non-verbal signs and face-expressions!

I do it also with collegues who speak Arab or Hindi in our break. Nobody understands them (included me), but I’m so kind to ‘translate’ for my colleagues. Ofcourse you use similar sounds, so when somebedy says ‘tingelingeling’, you translate it as ‘bell’ or ‘phone’.

Take care, not everybody likes to be fake-dubbed 🙂 That’s why it might be safer to do it with colleagues (warned or not warned by you) in front of the guests.

Here somebody speaks ‘Swedish’ about a Volvo and the other has to “translate”. It comes from Whose line is it anyway and the game is called expert translation.

This idea is also used in one of my favorite films ‘La vita è bella’

CrazyWaiter – the movie

In the cinema this summer: CrazyWaiter the movie. I won’t spoil the story already, but I can tell you that it starts as a tragicomedy and will end as a fairytale with a beautiful, lovely princess and a big castle “Once upon a time…” 🙂

Of course this is a gimmick for my facebookfriends, but the question which inspired me to do this was:’If you’re life is a movie, how would it be like?’ It’s an interesting one to think about your history, see the present and dream about the future. What do you want to happen.. and what above all not to happen? How? When? Where? It’s widely known that visualizing your goals is a good technique to reach them. Life is a movie and you are the director!

The Butterfly Circus

Of course, sometimes we’re almost like circus artists, but that’s not why I posted this film. I know it has nothing to do with our work, but nevertheless I wanted to share it with you because it has everything to do with life in general and it’s simply beautiful.

Although I didn’t do it always like that, I start to believe that you are the only key to success. Life is what you make of it. This very inspirational film is all about that. You can only be a happy and successful crazy waiter when you believe in yourself and live life in a positive way!

During his travels a showman of a circus discovers a man without limbs at a carnival sideshow. This man is travelling along with the circus and becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.

The Butterfly Circus – HD from The Butterfly Circus on Vimeo.

You can also buy the DVD at Amazon.com!