“Pigs must have been here.”

Steve Martin’s “The Absent-Minded Waiter” (directed by Carl Gottlieb, who wrote the screenplay for “Jaws“) is a wholesome, good-natured sketch that would not have worked had anyone else played the waiter.

Everyone delivers such an assured performance that it seems the joke is simpler than it is, even though there are so many subversive bits of business that would have seemed forced had the acting been more over the top.

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