‘Merkozy’ play leads in beloved German New Year skit

A skit of ‘Dinner for One,’ the British vaudeville comedy sketch so loved in Germany it holds cult status and is screened every New Year’s Eve, with Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy as ‘Miss Sophie’ and her bumbling butler, has become an Internet smash. In the black and white original, filmed in 1963, Miss Sophie celebrates her 90th birthday with four imaginary guests as butler James darts around the table, pretending to be each of them and downing their drinks, becoming increasingly inebriated in the process.