It was late Saturday night when bartender Jeremy Newcomer used his IPhone to show a short comic video to our barback Craig “Chombo” McKoene. I’d seen the video before on one of the sites listed on my blogroll, and that got me thinking.
There’s been a lot of great videos and links on the restaurant blogs, so today I thought I’d rehash some of my favorites.
I’ll start with the one Jeremy was showing Craig . . . this link was posted on Tales From A Bar, authored by Caveman. (The video starts a little slow, but half-way through it gets hilarious.)
Tales From A Bar didn’t stop there — here’s a later post from that site. When it comes to the absurd, irritating things customers can say, this is as funny (and as complete) as I’ve seen.
The next video was posted on I Got Stiffed (blog author, Ryan).
If you like restaurant humor, you have to check out David Hayden’s blog, Restaurant Laughs. (David runs a network of blogs that cover everything from menu planning and industry web-site design to posts like “Why Not to Date Co-workers”, and “Advice from an Older Server” — but Restaurant Laughs is strictly for weird and funny stuff.)
I remember one of the first posts I read on RL . . . in one small section of the article, David gave the links to the following stories:
1.) A bigoted cop who made national news by harassing a well-known fast-food chain.
2) A former Hooter’s waitress who now battles her “sordid” past as a member of Congress.
3) A story about three restaurant employees who held down one of their co-workers and branded a swastika on him.
4) A story about two restaurant customers so high on coke that they were arrested for engaging in sex acts at their table.
For a change of pace, I’m including one of the music videos David has linked on RH — it’s a restaurant song that’s grown on me.
The next two videos are from an extensive collection called “The Bartender Hates You!” This series has been linked on numerous blogs — the vids are short and sweet, and there’s a ton more of them on YouTube.
While still on YouTube, I came across this classic restaurant vid . . . the orgasm scene from “When Harry met Sally” (1989). I’ve heard that the famous punch line at the end may have actually been borrowed from an earlier movie titled “Round Midnight,” made in 1986. In that film, Dexter Gordon walks into a bar — sees a customer drain a tall glass, then immediately turn and fall flat onto his face on the floor. Dexter says to the bartender, “I’ll have what he had.”
Whatever it’s sources, this scene from “When Harry met Sally” may be the best-known of all funny restaurant clips.
While I’m listing the other blogs that have posted great links . . . I may have just come across one of my own. This is hot off the press — saw this moments ago on the internet news. Apparently male fruit flies who’ve been rejected sometimes turn to the booze.
Anyway, to return to the videos, here are two more from the series first listed at the top . . . and then I’ll finish this week’s post with a song from the Blues Brothers, “Hey Bartender!”
Back next week with a more typical post.
Fun post this week, Mike. The fist clip cracked me up, “you dumb-ass…white zAn-FAN-del is pink”. I know this is off point but a hysterical wave is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDxkiu0eAzk (Desi wife catches cheating husband.) It starts off slow too but is a riot!
Here’s my favorite non-restaurant wav, Colleen … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6a-CZMrVAg . Tom Mabe pranks a telemarketer. 🙂
Thanks for the kind words. I forgot some of those stories myself. You did pick a good song though. Counting down 10 songs about waitresses lead me to find some very interesting songs. Since you are sharing videos and no doubt have encountered some “mixologists’, here is one you will love that is coming up in my next RL post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB2aVzmPxxM
Man, what a blast. Just spent half an hour watching The Bartender Hates You on You Tube. He did everything that every bartender dreams of doing to all the customers who jerk you around. No prisoners were taken. Beautiful. Good post.
David: You had an impressive list (top ten songs about waitresses) … that was a great post. The “mixologist” video is a riot. I think this month’s cover of Restaurant Hospitality is about a bartender who’s doing “barrel-aged” cocktails. Looking foward to your next post, as always.
Starbucks8294: Glad you enjoyed it, my friend. The only thing that troubles me about “The Bartender Hates You” series is the “eagle-claw” grip he sometimes uses when serving the drinks. I can’t figure out if that’s supposed to be part of the humor, or if no one involved with the making of the video was bothered by it.
The videos are full of life. The toughness and humorous outlook help keep the servers sane. It’s been years since I worked in restaurants, but I remember the sharp wit among the staff. I can totally relate.
You forgot one of the best bartender clips —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kcU80UNf2E . Don’t know if it will work on here but you can type it into search if it doesn’t.
Janice: Yup, toughness and humor … two of the things you need to survive in our business. Thanks for commenting!
Case: Good one, Case. : )
Hey Mike! Thanks for mentioning TFAB in this post. Very cool. I love The Bartender Hates You series! Those guys definitely have the right idea!
Caveman: Hell of a story you posted this week . . . the bartender’s bandage . . . a couple of cocktail napkins wrapped in duct tape. A time-honored classic in a busy bar. Hope it’s healing well.
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