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Larry the Waiter, credited as Larry Your-Waiter, is a waiter who works at The Anxious Clown restaurant and served Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, Arthur Poe, and Count Olaf disguised as Captain Sham.
Larry is a member of V.F.D., as he uses the coded phrase "I didn't realize this was a sad occasion." In the TV series, he is also shown working as a waiter at the V.F.D. Headquarters. After the Schism, he joined the Fire-Fighting Side.
He seems to share some history with Josephine Anwhistle, as when he overhears the Baudelaire talk about she recently died, he appears very shocked and saddened. They are also seen in a photograph together.
In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, Jacques Snicket instructs Lemony to visit The Anxious Clown and find a waiter who will say "I didn't realize this was a sad occasion." This waiter will have a letter containing instructions for Lemony to flee the country.
A similar waiter interrupts a taped conversation between Mr. Poe and his sister Eleanora in The Anxious Clown.
In the TV series, Larry has a recurring role that he does not have in the novels.
In The Wide Window, while the Baudelaires are eating at the Anxious Clown, he asks them if they have any allergies that would cause them to leave the restaurant. They say they are allergic to peppermints. When Larry brings them the check, there are three peppermints along with it. The children eat the peppermints without anybody noticing. Violet develops hives on her face, and Klaus's tongue swells up. Sunny has both of these reactions. The Baudelaires say they need to go back to Aunt Josephines House to treat the reactions. This gives them time to study the note Aunt Josephine leaves behind.
In The Austere Academy, he is ordered by Jacquelyn to go to Prufrock Preparatory School, his former school, in order to deliver a book titled The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations to the Baudelaires. There, he bumps into Olivia Caliban who takes the book after he accidentally knocks over a book cart after being hit by Carmelita Spats. He disguises himself as a cafeteria worker and confronts Olaf, whose cohorts shove him into a freezer. Fortunately, he calls Jacquelyn who has Jacques Snicket go to the school to save him.
In The Ersatz Elevator, Larry shows up as the waiter of the Café Salmonella, where he instructs the Baudelaires to stay at the Cafe while V.F.D. agents Jacques Snicket and Olivia Caliban attempt to rescue the Quagmires from 667 Dark Avenue. He later follows Olaf to the Herring Houdini where he and Jacquelyn trap Olaf into performing a song while the Baudelaires attempt to rescue the Quagmires.
In The Vile Village, Jacquelyn and Larry arrive at the Village of Fowl Devotees. They attempt to calm down the mob of angry villagers from wanting to burn children to death, but it is futile. They are tied up in rope and are unable to assist Duncan, Isadora, and the Baudelaires in their escape.
In The Carnivorous Carnival, Larry appears in a flashback to the opening of the new V.F.D. headquarters, where he eventually manages to pass an important message from Beatrice Baudelaire to Lemony. At the end of the installment, he is seen in a V.F.D. tunnel on a phone conversation with someone, presumably Jacquelyn. He mentions he is on his way to the V.F.D. headquarters after learning the "survivor of the fire" is also headed there.
Behind the scenes
- "In a world too often governed by corruption and arrogance, it can be difficult to stay true to one's literary and philosophical principles." (to Olivia)
- "The World is quiet here."
- "I didn't realize this was a sad occasion."
- Larry is a diminutive of Lawrence, so Larry's full given name might be Lawrence.
- The Wide Window
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)