I'll kill that cat!31 Dec 2002
Via WorldWideKlein, the Washington Post has an article on the German New Year's Eve tradiition: watching Dinner For One. The Abendblatt has an interview with the original cameraman. It was originally a throwaway scene for a variety show, NDR first showed it for New Year's Eve 10 years later. Today they are running it 5 times: twice in original black and white, twice colorized, and once up platt (in north German dialect).
What do Germans see in a English-language theatre sketch from the 1920s? No one knows. "Maybe it's that our Prussian humor is similar to British humor. But then again, the British don't think it's funny, so maybe it's not British humor after all."