SABC2 is airing old Pieter-Dirk Uys satires on Thursday nights. Tonight was Beyond The Rubicon. Some of this stuff is incredibly cheesy 18 years later, but some of his lines and impersonations are still rapid-fire brilliant. I remember some of the punch lines from the first time I saw them.
Looking back, I'm taken by how many of those old politicians are so removed from our mindshare, that in good time we'll laugh at the impersonations but have no memory of the originals to put them in context. When last did anyone see Piet Koornhof and his wingnut ears on telly? PW Botha and the wagging finger? Even FW De Klerk seemingly got his first TV outing in ages, to offer a sound bite about yesterday's elections. I think Pieter-Dirk would do well to include old news footage of the main protagonists, to keep these people in context.
Perhaps you just had to be there :-)
More to the point though, when will local artists start releasing their stuff on DVD instead of boring old VHS? I'd love to get some of these classics but I don't even own a VCR anymore.