When we think of South Park, which concludes its 15th season next Wednesday (please catch up on Lindsey Bahr's excellent recaps if you're behind), we think of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They do nearly all of the voices, direct almost every episode (Trey, in particular), and write virtually every episode. Or do they? *Record scratch* Well, yes, they do, but they DO have help, from "staff writers" or "staff consultants," something that's not often mentioned. Below are only but a few of the fantastic writers who have helped shape South Park's vision over the years, and what they're up to these days.
Here's the trailer for 6 Days to Air, the documentary about how South Park is made that's airing on Comedy Central on Sunday, October 9th at 10pm. It looks pretty great! It follows Trey Parker and Matt Stone as they go from the opening of Book of Mormon to creating the new season of the show. With a turnaround on par with SNL (and featuring SNL's Bill Hader on the writing staff), it looks to be a pretty frantic system they've got in place. And by frantic, I mean that whenever they're trying to write a script, someone is always farting into the PA system.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone will stop by 60 Minutes this coming Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7:00pm to discuss the success of Book of Mormon, give a behind-the-scenes tour of South Park Studios and finally reveal once and for all whether or not they kiss their mother with those filthy, filthy potty mouths.
Oh fame, you are fickle temptress! While the Bill Hickses of the world receive your clammy embrace only after death, you mount yourself on a Dane Cook like a teenager after her first taste of Peach Schnapps! But there are no guarantees in this life. And there are no sure paths to becoming famous. Hundreds of top-notch stand-ups and sketch/improv performers are toiling away in obscurity at this very second (okay, maybe not this very second, but you get the gist).
So, how the hell do you become the next comedy sensation?
While most of our most renowned comedy performers have come up either through stand-up or sketch/improv (the two [...]
Because everything Trey Parker and Matt Stone touch turns to filthy, filthy gold, it should come as no surprise that Book Of Mormon cleaned up at last night's Tony awards. "We'd be remiss if we didn't thank our dearly departed co-writer. Joseph Smith, this is for you. You won the Tony!," Parker proclaimed during their acceptance speech for Best Musical. The Book Of Mormon Tony wins included Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book Of A Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (given to Nikki M. James for her role as baptism-happy villager/love interest Nabulungi), Best Direction of a Musical, [...]