Does anybody remember the American version????
Sometime around 1987, Sid and Marty Krofft ---- yes, the guys who made those weird
Saturday morning kids TV shows like HR Puf N' Stuff and the Bugaloos
(They were also the guys who made that puppet rock band on the Mandrell Sisters variety show from the early 80s---
(FF to about 28:35) those puppets looked like other country music stars like Cash, Denver, Nelson, etc.)
(and I'm obviously mentioning that because of this)
these guys decided to make an American version of this show --- DC Follies. The show "took place" in a bar in downtown DC.
Fred Willard was the bartender and proprietor. (Puppet versions of) the three ex-presidents would constantly frequent the bar,
and Nixon was always "trying" some new "get rich quick" scheme of some sort. Reagan would usually show up as well
(sometimes just at the end). Toward the end of '87, Bush (Sr., of course) would show up more
(obviously because the '88 election was approaching), and when Bush eventually made his VP pick,
the show became all about how Quayle is an idiot.
Despite "taking place" in DC, Hollywood (puppet) celebrities would constantly frequent the bar as well.
Quite often, the three big talk show moguls would be at the bar --- Donahue, Oprah, and Mort
(Good God -- MORT!!! -- remember him, everyone??? He was like "political" Springer)
Anyway, a "real" actual comedian celebrity would show up in each episode as well, from Phyllis Diller, Steve Allen, to even Betty White.
What a blast that show was as well. I hope that some people are planning a revival of this as well.
I would love to see puppet versions of the Kar-trash-ians and other reality TV people getting mocked,
as well as a few modern singers and celebrities.
Sorry about the long post -- just wanted to give the Yankee counterpart some love.
I really loved the original version of this show as well, and I'm watching this new one.