John Clarke played a fictional character called Fred Dagg. He appeared on New Zealand television in the mid 1970s with his political satire .
Clarke instantly became a national star and icon because his character Fred Dagg was a stereotypical farmer and New Zealand bloke who was clad in a black singlet and gumboots. This unique character immediately struck a chord with the New Zeland public due to the characters rural background and uncultured ways.
Clarke was unable to get his own TV show with Television New Zealand, so he crossed the Tasman to Australia where he became Australia's leading Political Satirst.