SAN DIEGO – Earlier this evening, I sat in on the packed Hall H panel for South Park's 20th season with creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, with Chris Hardwick serving as moderator. Here are 20 big highlights from the wildly-entertaining Q&A.
1. The creators of Pokemon Go basically stole their idea (kind of).
“We did an episode called 'Chinpokomon' where the kids were just buying dolls, and the dolls had a chip in them that could track where the kids were and send all the info to Japan so that they could control America and bomb Pearl Harbor. I'm like, they ripped off our fucking thing!”
2. The studio wanted to make South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut PG-13.
“The reason to do the movie was to make it R-rated. We had a big argument with the studio [because they wanted to make it] PG-13. And we're like, 'we're not doing PG-13.' Because you know, we do that on the show!”
3. “Simpsons Did It” has turned into “South Park Did It.”
“This has literally happened in the past two years many times. We'll both sit there and we'll go, 'oh and then this could happen and this could happen.' And like a couple hours will go by and…it's like 'dude, somebody did this.' And it's like 'no, we did that ten years ago. Shit, we did that already!'”
4. They've wanted to quit the show every single season.
“The middle of every season I'm like, 'we're fucking done…fuck this, we can't do this anymore.' And then the season ends and it's like, 'oh, that was pretty funny.'”
5. Parker is turning into Randy Marsh, a.k.a. his dad.
“I remember the first five, even probably ten years, I would do Randy and I'd go in the booth to record him and I'd do an impersonation of my Dad. And now, I just do my voice…that's just me.”
6. They're still taunted about arguably their worst career moment.
“That still will happen, we'll walk down the street together and someone will go, 'Baseketball!'“
7. The 1999 Academy Awards, where they celebrated their Best Original Song nomination by wearing dresses and dropping acid, is pretty much a blur.