So I recently watched Leon Schuster’s latest cinematic offering, Mad Buddies. I once had the horrible misfortune of having a molar extracted without any anesthetic, and I have fonder memories of that bloody and painful affair than I do of this movie.
What made watching Mad Buddies hurt even more, was the knowledge that I used to laugh my politically incorrect butt off to Schuster’s famed candid camera tricks. While they were definitely low brow, and often relied on racial stereotypes, they were still entertaining as hell due to their reality.
So to remember the good ol’ days, here are 10 of the best.
Growing up in 1980′s South Africa, it wasn’t very common to mix across the cultural divide, so I learnt a lot about other cultures from older friends, family and of course Leon Schuster. First lesson: Black people really don’t like snakes.
Even though this particular prank came much later, I guess you could call this Lesson #2: Old white men and black ladies really don’t like dead bodies.
Mad Buddies has a single hilarious line of dialogue that I’m sure will find it’s way into the South African lexicon pretty soon, but when it comes to Schuster’s cultural memes, this has to be the first.
Leon Schuster often used his comedy routines to examine racial tensions, and his turn as a black government official erecting a tollgate in Ventersdorp was one of the best examples of this.
Leon Schuster has been many things over the years, an Indian man, a black woman, a Dutch reporter, a traffic officer and he even had a stint as a love doctor.
Easily his most daring stunt in the 80′s, showing up to an AWB rally in boksburg dressed as an Indian. I don’t think he’s ever come this close to to being truly bliksemed. Unfortunately I’ve searched high and low for a video of this, but it would appear that all traces of these types of images of our old South Africa has been thoroughly expunged from the net. This tiny picture below is the only trace of it I can find anywhere.
Another clip that produced a line of dialogue which promptly entered the South African lingo, this one is worth it just for the traffic officer at the end alone.
Few things piss off a man quite like being pissed on, my china. “I kill you.”
Sometimes an average Leon Schuster prank is turned into comedy gold through the zealous reaction of one single unsuspecting mark. In this case, a coloured man with a flair for improvisation.
Never before had traffic officers ever been this funny. The fact that the trainees all went along with it, no matter how ridiculous it became, is what makes this one special.