Trey Parker and Matt Stone

South Park / Team America

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone - South Park / Team America
By None NoneWhat are you up to?
Trey Parker: My current project is trying to get bored. We honestly haven't been bored in two and a half years because we've gone straight from working on a movie to working on South Park to working on a movie to working on South Park with literally three days in between. We both really need to go get bored because that's where you really come up with stuff.
Matt Stone: We're going to try and get bored this summer. Project Boredom. We're going to do it by using lots of drinking.

What are your current fixations?
TP: I've always watched A&E but the programming has just become amazing between Dog the Bounty Hunter, which is one of my favourite shows, and Family Plots. Basically it's all that kind of reality show, not like Survivor and stuff like that, but the ones where they're following a real family. It's a super guilty pleasure of mine.
MS: I just finished God of War for PlayStation 2. I've killed Ares and now I've become the God of War. I don't know what my next project is as the God of War.
TP: That's why games are great because last month Matt killed Ares and became the God of War and about a week ago I killed Aries and became the God of War.

Why do you live where you do?
TP: Purely because of work.
MS: We both live in Los Angeles and you have to live there to do what we do.
TP: Where would I live otherwise? I love the northwest. I love exploring and it's this whole region that I really just want to check out.
MS: I've never really given it much thought because you have to live in L.A. I hate those people that live in L.A. and hate it. I don't hate it, but it's also that thing where you have to come to terms with the fact you have to live here so you better learn to like it.
TP: L.A. has awesome weather and I've realised how great that really is.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art:
TP: It's super cliché, but A Clockwork Orange really did fuck me up. I'm sure that's what 80 percent of the people say though. I don't know, a woman?

What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig?
MS: When we wore the dresses to the Oscars, a lot of people thought that was a publicity stunt but it was not. That was our big middle finger to the industry and I still think that's one of my proudest moments.
TP: That took more balls than anything we've ever done because we had to be there. Usually it's our little cartoon characters doing shit, but that had to be us.

What have been your career highs and lows?
TP: We're pretty even-keeled guys. We sort of see the bad in everything and the good in everything.
MS: I think one of my career highs was after the South Park movie came out, because before that the trajectory was South Park had hit really big and then we were kind of on the down. We didn't feel that way, but all the press and the outside world was saying, "Well that was nice but now it's kind of on its way out." And then the movie came out and it defied expectations and bought us years of legitimacy. A lower point was probably just two months before that when we were doing the South Park movie and the whole world was like…
TP: This movie is going to suck.
MS: We didn't even get that. The summer movie previews would come out and it was the first Star Wars, Austin Powers 2 and all this great stuff and then it would be the little short ones like documentaries and movies from Iran, and then: "the South Park movie. Uggh." It was hard making a movie under those circumstances, but now looking back it's kind of changed a little bit because Team America was hard because the expectations were high. I think we need more low expectations.

What's the meanest thing ever said to you before, during or after a gig?
MS: When people say to me, "God, you guys have one of the best shows on television. You and Family Guy." That fucking hurts so bad.
TP: Very well said. It's such a kick in the balls. And the other one is, "Oh my God, it's those guys from BASEketball." Which happens a lot.

What traits do you most like and most dislike about yourself?
TP: I'm special and I'm caring and I have great friends. And I sometimes want to murder people. I sometimes think about taking people's heads off with shovels.
MS: And the bad ones would be?

What advice should you have taken, but did not?
TP: Right as South Park came out we were at the Aspen Comedy Festival and we sat down with some of the Monty Python guys - before our Gods. They said, "So South Park seems to be pretty successful." And we said, "Yeah and we got this and we're going to do that" and Terry Gilliam said, "Don't over-extend yourselves." And he was so right, and we've been over-extending ourselves for the past decade.
MS: We finally realised that Terry Gilliam is totally smart.

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
TP: Me having an orgasm?
MS: "Get out of here!"
TP: Me being done?
MS: "Get out of here!"
TP: "That was awesome, now get the fuck out of here."
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Seriously, South Park was funny for about the first two seasons. It's the same tired shit over and over and OVER. It's like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy meets Family Guy, with animation that was surpassed back in the 1930's.
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South Park rocks. Shut the fuck up or I will kick you in the nuts.
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South Park blows family guy out of the water. Seth is biased and liberal, and goes out of his way to defend liberals and attack conservatives. South Park makes fun of anyone who deserves it and aren't "looking after their own" as does macfarlane. That's probably why they don't like him
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technically south park makes fun of everybody not just people who deserve it and they take no risks p.s the animation on south park is fine to me NP1 also your hypocritical about "its the same tired shit" etc because family guy is the samethin
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also your all so immature and you all need to grow up complaining about a topic barely spoken in the article like a comment session on youtube between fanboys
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