Dick Van Dyke Serenades Diners At A Santa Monica Denny's
Dick van Dyke and his a cappella group The Vantastix gave guests at a Santa Monica Denny's a surprise performance of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" on a recent morning, and were rewarded for their song with a rousing round of applause. It's quite charming to think that these guys go for pancakes and eggs and wind up bursting into song.
According to the Vantastix's bio, they were founded in Malibu in 2000 after van Dyke and singer Mike Mendyke met at a coffeehouse. They frequently perform at various charity events, and have put out an album of children's tunes. The album, titled "Put on a Happy Face," includes "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" as well as selections from The Jungle Book, The Muppet Show and Mary Poppins.
The Vantastix also have an upcoming performance on August 28 at The Cerritos Center.
Here's them doing a medley of songs from Mary Poppins at D23 in Anaheim. Van Dyke, now 90 years old, starred as chimneysweep Bert in the 1964 film alongside Julie Andrews.
[h/t Eater LA]