Leon Schuster[ Posted 20 June 2012 in Podcast by Dylan Streep ]
Last week we had the privilege of chatting to legend of South African comedy, Leon Schuster, and his tiny co-star, Aflred Ntombela. Although it was a pretty bad Skype connection, it was a great experience to chat about the in’s and out’s of their new film Mad Buddies, as well as reminisce about some of the classic Candid Camera moments from the past. But first – here’s a catch up of what we got up to on the show the week before...
During the show on Friday 8th June we decided to set ourselves the challenge of rushing from the 2oceansvibe radio studio to the lobby as soon as we started any piece of music so that we could quickly film our producer for our latest music video; Hold On. By the end of the show we had all we needed and respect must go to the great Andrew Kerr for his ability to so seamlessly slip in and out of the role.
Here is the final product. And here is the link to that week’s podcast.
Back to last week though. Although the interview was short (and again, not a great connection) we managed to cover all the important aspects – the relationship between on-screen rivals Boetie (Schuster) and Beast (Nkosi), the long lasting working relationship between Leon Schuster and director Gray Hofmeyr, and of course Alred Ntombela’s infectious laugh!
We also touched on some of the worst reactions from the ‘victims’ of Schuster’s pranks. I personally love the Chicken Processing Machine prank he used to do, in which unsuspecting members of public would approach a meat counter in a supermarket and ask for a chicken. Leon would yell to someone who would grab a live chicken and stick it in the one end of a large contraption. There would be grinding and clucking and an explosion of feathers and a neatly wrapped chicken would pop out the other end – ready to buy. Priceless!
I’d love to see that prank pulled off now, given the increase in the need to go free range!
You can listen to the full interview, and indeed our full show, here. (Forgive the few bars of Madonna at the start...)
Whether or not he’s your cup of tea, no one can deny the huge role he played in the growth of South African comedy – from musical parody to candid camera to slapstick films.
Mad Buddies opens Friday 22 June.
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