The Extraordinary Waiter

The Extraordinary Waiter (AKA: Diner and Waiter Comic) is a 1902 British short silent comedy film, directed by Walter R. Booth, featuring a brutish colonialist failing to destroy a blackfaced waiter. The film, "makes for somewhat uncomfortable viewing," but according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "it's just about possible to read this as a metaphor for the rather more widespread frustrations arising from British colonial rule (the Boer War was still a current issue), though it seems unlikely that this was intentional on Booth's part."[1]

The Extraordinary Waiter
Screenshot from the film
Directed byWalter R. Booth
Produced byRobert W. Paul
Paul's Animatograph Works
Release date
  • December 1902 (1902-12)
Running time
1 minute 16 secs
CountryUnited Kingdom


  1. ^ Brooke, Michael. "The Extraordinary Waiter". BFI Screenonline Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011.

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