A sketch filmed in 1975 on the show Number One by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier.
It’s a special ritual to say the least. Every Wednesday, Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) and his friends organize a dinner where they must come accompanied by the most spectacular, confusing, offbeat guest, in short, a jerk. The goal: to win the game by inviting the best jerk. Pierre Brochant thinks one fine day to have found the rare pearl with François Pignon (Jacques Villeret). But this evening will hold many surprises for him.
François Pignon is a real lucky charm
This pitch is that of the essential Dinner of idiots. More than 9.2 million admissions in France, 3 Césars including those for best screenplay and best actor for Jacques Villeret, two Lumière Awards… Released in 1998, the film by Francis Veber made a real hit in France. Carried by a perfect Jacques Villeret in this role of “cunt” touching and hilarious, the film adapted from the play of the same name by Jacques Veber is one of the best comedies of the 90s. And this thanks to its rhythmic production and its successful casting. Without forgetting of course his funny dialogues (“Ah, does he have a first name?”)… A simply cult film: although we know it by heart, each rerun is a hit, and this will certainly be the case again this evening, on TF1.
Did you know that before playing in The dinner of fools (the play and the film), Jacques Villeret had interpreted a sketch entitled The President’s Dinner ? It was in 1975 as part of the variety show Number One, imagined by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier. At 24, the actor, future star of Cabbage soup, Grandpa resists and The Children of the Swamp, had just left the Paris Conservatoire. He played a woman there relating on television her meal in the company of President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. This sketch is available on the INA website.
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