The clowns of South Africa are essential in presenting the fears and frustrations of the country; consequently, they are enormously popular. In a 1992 comedy about racial reconciliation called Born Again (both the title and style owe much to the spirit of "Woza Albert"), the Sakhile players of Springs joke that the nation's predicament likens it to a zebra: "It doesn't matter if you shoot it on a white spot or a black spot. The zebra will still die." The issues raised in the most trenchant South African comedies are linked to the nation's survival. The laughter they evoke is a necessary part of coming to terms with the future.