The first episode of South Park aired on August 13, 1997. In it, Cartman farts out an anal probe. And from that, a brilliantly dumb comedy institution was born. Next season will be the show’s 20th, and to celebrate the impressive milestone, Comedy Central is going all out at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.
From July 21-24, Tweek and Craig shippers can embed themselves in some of South Park‘s most indelible moments. According to a press release, “The centerpiece of the celebration, ‘South Park 20 Experience,’ will allow fans to explore and insert themselves into 20 iconic and fan favorite scenes.” Finally, the opportunity to pretend you’re the one eating Scott Tenorman’s parents.
Also at SDCC this year: a viewing lounge screening episodes; “The Coon & Friends Experience,” with “real-world” items from the upcoming video game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole; a GIF booth; and an “art gallery that celebrates the 20th season featuring 20 pieces from 20 unique artists curated by world-renowned pop culture artist Ron English.” Fans will also be interviewed and asked to give testimonials for a documentary that’s set to premiere in the fall, in case you feel like explaining how Butters’ unending optimism got you through high school, or that time you laughed so hard at Willzyx on the moon you pooped yourself. Both equally important.
I know what you’re wondering: Is it really a San Diego Comic-Con event, especially one for a Comedy Central show, without an appearance from Chris Hardwick? Don’t worry, the @midnight host is moderating the much-anticipated “South Park 20″ panel on Friday, July 22 at 5 p.m. in the massive Hall H. Hopefully he’ll ask about probes, anal or otherwise.