With San Diego Comic-Con 2016 having given fans the opportunity to tour the town of South Park, it's perhaps unsurprising that the show's Hall H panel came complete with a whole lot of retrospective content and that trademark sense of humor. This is, after all, a show that's spent 20 years bringing gleefully dark and twisted gags into the mainstream, and has "broken the internet" more times than your common garden variety Kardashian tush. So it came as no surprising to all in attendance that...
The South Park Panel Just Filled Hall H With A Whole Lot Of Huge Reveals
Or rather, the show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone just did. An hour-long discussion with Chris Hardwick proved both typically entertaining — the duo do, after all, still write, direct and voice the perennially hilarious show — and full to the brim with giant, hulking revelations about both the show's past and its imminent 20th season. Here are 10 of the most intriguing, revealing and downright hilarious of those revelations.
10. Parker And Stone Aren't Thrilled About Pokémon Go
Indeed, as they put it:
"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 f**king thing!"
And while the debate still rages over whether Pokémon Go has potentially nefarious uses, this comment still elicited one of the biggest laughs of the evening from a firmly pro-Pokémon crowd.
9. 'Simpsons Did It' Has Evolved Over The Past Few Years
Specifically, having spread far beyond The Simpsons to become something that's incredibly meta for the comedy duo:
"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 10 years ago. S**t, we did that already!'"
Which, with 267 episodes under their shared belt, actually makes a whole lot of sense and is easily forgiven.
8. Parker Is Rapidly Becoming Randy Marsh
Or, rather, he's becoming his own father — who Randy is apparently vocally based on:
"I remember the first five, even probably 10 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."
Which, in fairness, happens to the best of us.
7. It's Fortunate Those Oscar Dresses Became Iconic
Since, as it turns out:
"We don't remember much from the Academy Awards. We just remember coming down off the acid and sitting there in the seats going, 'Dude.' And at that point, it was really like, 'Please don't let us win. I don't wanna go up on the stage right now.' And luckily Phil Collins won and we went and had spaghetti."
And so, the greatest Oscar acceptance speech we never got to see was born.
6. Stone Revealed Exactly Who He Feels Most Deserved The Show's Skewering
Namely, celebrity psychic John Edward:
"That John Edward [episode] ...'The Biggest Douche in the Universe.' That was something we really felt like, f**k that guy. That's really f**king bad. You know, there was kind of no equivocation. ... That's a really cruel thing [he does]."
And with the show having taken on pretty much every celebrity going over the years, that's actually something of an achievement for Edward.
5. Parker Plays Dungeons & Dragons With... Elon Musk?
Yup, that's right. A keen tabletop gamer (and perennial Dungeon Master), Parker revealed that:
"About two months ago, I played 'D&D' ['Dungeons and Dragons'] with Elon Musk. That was really fun. ... The best part of it was, before we were playing, I was like, 'We shouldn't spend a lot of time doing character creation 'cause we're gonna start at Level 1.' And it was basically like, I was just emailing, and I'm all, 'If you just wanna tell me sort of what class of race you wanna be, I'll do the sheets.' ... And maybe 20 seconds later, an email came back: human paladin."
Which actually makes a fair amount of sense for inventor and space explorer Musk.
4. The Duo Did NOT Predict The Rise Of Donald Trump
As they put it:
"At the time, we were just kinda like, 'Yeah, this Donald Trump thing is pretty funny, let's make fun of that before it's over.' We were worried that that was gonna be one of those episodes we'd look back and be like, 'Why'd we do a whole episode about that?'"
Which, whatever the result in November, seems distinctly unlikely to be the response from posterity.
3. We Won't Be Seeing Team America 2 Anytime Soon
The reason? It was a logistical nightmare to make:
"We were very proud of it, and it's a cool movie, but it was excruciating. The puppets are like 'that' big, and they don't do anything. ... We really dug a hole for ourselves."
Sure, it worked out great in Team America: World Police, but you can kind of see why the pair wouldn't be inclined to revisit the challenge.
2. There's An Excellent Reason They Stopped Killing Kenny
Specifically, the fact that:
"It was fun and it was awesome and it was rebellious at first. ... And then it got to be like homework."
Hilarious, endlessly traumatic homework.
1. Sean Penn Did Not Appreciate His Portrayal In Team America: World Police
As Parker put it:
"Sean Penn wrote us this angry letter that we were reading, and we're like, 'Is this a joke?' 'Cause he was saying shit that we were making fun of him [for] saying. ... If you haven't seen 'Team America,' Sean Penn, all he does is he goes, 'I've been to Iraq! ... You wanna talk about Iraq? I've been to Iraq!' ... But then the last part of [the letter], Matt's reading the thing, and it said, 'You know, I've been to Iraq.'"
Which is actually just about as perfectly ridiculous a response as it's possible to imagine. The best part of all of this, though?
South Park will be back on our screens in just a matter of weeks, with Season 20 debuting on September 20 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. What do you reckon, though?