In the most recent SoSaM installment (Episode 3), there were a few comments in the commentaries about how some of the people who worked on the game had to 'look up' Fred Bassett because they didn't get the joke.
Here in Adelaide, Australia, Fred Bassett is still one of the daily comics in our newspaper (and I don't think I can recall it ever being funny, ever, just like so many of the other newspaper comics) so the reference in Ep3 certainly didn't go over my head.
Then again, I don't think Cathy has ever been run in Australian Newspapers, yet I've heard of it and possibly have read a strip or two...
So... what other newspaper comics are worth a reference? What ones do people like, and where in the world would you see them running?
My personal opinion is that the stuff for newspapers tends to be lame and unfunny because it has to be 'family friendly' therefore there's limited opportunity for areas to make jokes about. I've been more of a follower of a whole range of webcomics for the last 10 years, the artist get a lot more freedom to do what they like then :)
... well I thought I had a point when I started writing this, but it appears I don't really. Oh well, it's just ramble then.