Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions. You ask them, the staff of South Park answers!

Question:

You ever take fan submissions??

How often do people send in ideas for new episodes and do you ever take any of their ideas?

Answer

This is a good question, and try not to use a frowny-face emoticon when you hear the answer. People do send in submissions and episode ideas every day, and we never take any of them. We just don't take fan submissions, for legal and creative reasons. Besides, Matt and Trey have been doing this going on 15 years and over 200 episodes -- they got this dawg!

Question:

Are most of the songs in the show written/played by Matt and Trey?

I heard that many of the songs played in the show were actually written and played by Matt and Trey, in their own band. Such as the "Montage" in Team America and Asspen, or the Jonas Brothers parody songs. How do they make the songs sound so professional and real? (in that crappy sort of way) I loved the "Gay Fish" by Kanye West, it sounded JUST LIKE HIS MUSIC, it was hilarious!

Answer

This often gets overlooked, but Matt and Trey are amazingly talented musicians and performers. Plus, our in-house audio team is seriously the best in the business -- and Bruce Howell (our audio producer) has been with the show since day one. Between these guys, they write, play, and perform pretty much every original song that you hear on the show. "Montage", "Gay Fish", "Cigarette Song", "Somalian Pirates", "Queef Free", "Let's Fighting Love"....there are too many amazing songs to count, and they've all been done in-house. Not to mention all the songs in the feature film, "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut." I mean...come on...Blame Canada was nominated for an Academy Award!

Also, you mentioned Matt and Trey's band -- they don't perform any more, but for a brief time they performed as "D.V.D.A." A bunch of their songs have been featured in South Park and their various feature films.

If you are itching for more brand-new, completely-original songs from Matt and Trey, New York is the place to be this spring. Their first-ever Broadway musical, "The Book of Mormon" opens for previews on February 24 and Premieres on March 24 at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre. Get your tickets now at BookOfMormonBroadway.com!

Question:

Is Cartman gay?

Hey guys! I can't believe no one's asked this before, I mean with all the evidence around... is Cartman gay?

Answer

People ask this ALL THE TIME. I'm totally seriously, all the time. Maybe 15% of the total questions we get. People also ask if Stan, Kyle, Butters, and Kenny are gay. All the time. And the answer is "nope". Cartman has definitely done some very questionable, bi-curious things in the past and who knows, anything and everything is possible. But to currently answer your question, no, he's not gay (and neither are the other boys).

In the mean time, I suggest you take a moment to enjoy the many awesome gay characters of South Park: Big Gay Al, Mr. Slave, Mr./Mrs. Garrison, and possibly, occasionally, the White Swallows bi-curiousness of Butters' dad.

Question:

Was there supposed to be another Lemmiwinks episode?

Alright, I know this is a little late, but it's still bugging me. Remember back in 2004 when the episode "AWESOM-O" came out, and the week before you guys had been advertising on Comedy Central that the episode would be the return of Lemmiwinks? Instead you put up a little apology right before the episode, but I'm still curious what happened to the little Gerbil King. Will he ever make another appearance?

Answer

Wow, you have some ridiculous memory!! And yes, you are absolutely correct -- there was going to be another episode featuring Lemmiwinks during the Season 8 show run. It was originally supposed to be Episode 806, which wound up being "Goodbacks". Here is basically what happened, during the pre-production process, the crew realized they didn't have enough time to finish the show the way it was meant to be done -- so it was scrapped.

But in the South Park world, that doesn't mean it's dead. Ideas float around for years sometimes before they are ever done. For now, the Gerbil King's legacy will just have to remain... a mystery.

Question:

What episode has the Loch Ness Monster in disguise?

I can't remember for sure what episode the Loch Ness Monster briefly appears in disguise, or even if such an episode exists. So awesome FAQ guy, using your unlimited question-answering powers, can you tell me in what episode I've seen the Loch Ness Monster, or if I've just seen some staff art of the Loch Ness Monster (and if I did, where)? I can give you tree fiddy for the trouble...

Answer

Well, I believe you're referring to the episode "The Succubus" (303), where Chef's parents tell of their many stories of the Loch Ness monster trying to get their "tree-fiddy." More specifically, I believe you are referring to this clip below, where Chef's dad describes the Loch Ness Monster cleverly disguised as a Girl Scout. To date though, we haven't actually SEEN the Loch Ness Monster dressed up...only heard awesome stories about it.

Chef's parents also re-appear in the Season 6 episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe" (615), telling more stories about that damn Loch Ness Monster trying to get their "tree-fiddy!"

Question:

Are those platinum DVDA records in the background?

I don't have HD so I cannot tell, but are those gold and platinum DVDA records in the record executives office in the "Guitar-Queer-o" episode?

Answer

It actually did take HiDef to see the print on those records. But they aren't for DVDA, those are actually Gold and Platinum albums for BONO. Take a look at this image below, even with all these gold and platinum records, he's still #2.

Question:

Who choses the clip at the end of the episode?

So Sir. Faq-a-lot who or what decides the exert of the show that you show during the credits? Do Matt and Trey decide or is it the production team???!

Answer

Great behind-the-scenes question, buddy! That little 15 second tag at the end of every episode is chosen by Trey, since he directs every episode.

Question:

Are those Indian Jones rape scenes all parodies?

Hey FAQ Person, I just watched "The China Probrem" and I have a question about the parts where Indiana Jones gets raped. I know the hill-billy scene where they make him squeal like a pig is a parody of "Deliverance," but what about the scene where Indie gets raped on the pinball machine and raped in the jungle? I was just wondering if those were also a parody of something. Thanks.

Answer

Yep, those are all parodies of real movies. First off, you nailed the "Deliverance" homage where they make Indiana squeal like a pig. Here's the other two you're missing: The scene where Indy gets raped on the the "Howard The Duck" pinball machine is a reference to a scene in the 1988 Jodie Foster film "The Accused." And other one, where Indy is taken down in front of the temple, is a reference to "Boys Don't Cry" from 1999.

Question:

What movie did Mr. Hankey "star" in?

Hey Mr. FAQ moderator! I was watching "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson" and I'm pretty confused about Mr. Hankey. In the car ride to Nebraska they said Mr. Hankey got famous from a movie he was recently in. What movie made him famous enough to be in the shopping mall?

Answer

It's from the amazing theatrical masterpiece "Me & Mr. Hankey", which debuted earlier in Season 2 during the South Park Film Festival (in "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls," 209). I'm sure you've seen it -- Mr. Hankey is played by a monkey and co-stars alongside Tom Hanks. I'd go into more detail, but I'm starting to get choked up...

Question:

What are all the boys' ninja names?

Hi! I would like to know what is the "ninja names" of the boys in "Good Times with Weapons"? Here are the ones I know: Stanley - Sharohachi; Kyle - Bounaku; Eric - Bulrog. What about Kenny and the other boys?

Answer

The force is strong with you, young ninja apprentice. You got the gist of the ninja boys, but I will give you the inside scoop and real names, as they all appear in the script:

With his Tonfa of Takanawa, Stan is the great and powerful "Shadow Hachi". Kyle?s powerful nunchucks make him into "Bunraku". Cartman harnesses the power of his Sai to become "Bulrog", a tough, brute ninja that?s dedicated his life to eradicating hippies. And with his Shuriken Star, Kenny becomes the deadly, not-so-creatively-titled "Ninja Master Kenny".

As for the villains, Craig is "Ginza", with the powerful ?Blade of Kintama,? and Token is "Black Chaku", with the killer power of perfect spelling. Clyde and Jimmy aren't given official ninja names, but their strength and power has made the "Battle of Tokugawa" legendary....

Question:

What's the story behind the intro for Rush's concerts with "Lil' Rush"?

Hi, first of all I have to say I love South Park. I've got two questions. Do you know that you have many fans in such a distant country like Poland? I'm also a big fan of band Rush. Could you tell me what's the story behind the intro for Rush's concerts with "Lil' Rush" ? Cheers to you!

Answer

I'll answer that question about Lil' Rush first, since it's a winner. Long story short , Matt and Trey are huge fans of the band Rush. And the band is (and has always been) a huge fan of South Park. So Matt and Trey decided they would do a little introduction to the band's song "Tom Sawyer". It's not from any episode, so to see that clip, you're gonna have to go to a Rush show. Which is pretty awesome.

As for that Polish sausage love, we know very well about you Polish fans (and all the fans across the world). The support and love we get from our International SP community is cereally overwhelming. If I knew how to speak a lot of different languages, I would say "thank you" in your native tongue. But I don't...so "Thanks!" in English!!

Question:

Is that old Gas Station Worker in multiple episodes?

Hey SP FAQ guy, i was just watching "Butters' Very Own Episode" and i saw the gas attendant speaking about the two paths and was wondering if he was the same man talking about the mountain in the episode "Asspen"??

Answer

Yep, that ol' gas station worker is the same dude, always dropping knowledge about the spooky, ancient history of South Park. In addition to the two episodes you mentioned, he's also in "Marjorine" (909), warning Butters' Dad that sometimes dead...is better.

Oh and ps -- he's is a parody of the character Jud Crandall from the 1989 horror flick "Pet Sematary." Yep, lotta history down that road...

Question:

Who's that teacher Wendy's talking to?

In the episode "All About Mormons?" While the kids are first talking about kicking Gary's ass on the playground, Wendy is seen far in the background talking to a woman. Who is that woman?

Answer

Wow. That's a pretty specific question. But my laser-eagle eyes got an answer for you. That woman Wendy's chatting with is Mrs. Streibel, the art boys' teacher. We got to know her pretty well in the Season 7 episode, "Toilet Paper." Check it out!!

Question:

What happened to the kid from the "Toilet Paper" episode?

So Mr. FAQ Guy...I got a question for ya...What happened to the kid from the "Toilet Paper" episode? Did his plan to T.P. the White House work? And how come he isn't in the Character section? Better make sure he doesn't find out he's not on the site...or your house will be next Mr. FAQ Guy! *evil laugh*

Answer

You mean Josh Myers? Last we saw him, he was about to unleash a double-ply shitstorm on the White House. My guess is his TP plan was thwarted by Obama's dog, Sparkles, and he's now detained in Guantanamo with the rest of the pan flute bands.

He would be a good addition to the kids Character Page though. We'll try to get him added soon for ya!

Question:

When is Season 14 coming to DVD/Blu-Ray?

When is Season 14 coming to DVD/Blu-Ray?

Answer

Already itching to own the last season, huh? I don't blame you -- the smell of Medicinal Fried Chicken and Snooki smush smush is driving me crazy too. Season 14 hits the streets on April 26, 2011 and will be available in both Blu-Ray and regular ol' DVD. Mark your calendars!

Question:

Is Season 15 the last season?!

There's been some cringe-worthy rumors going around about Season 15 being the final season of South Park. Please say it ain't so, as I'm pretty sure the cancellation of South Park is the final sign of the end of the world.

Answer

Well, 2012 is right around the corner and the Mayan apocalypse would be a pretty epic way to go out. But let's not get too worked up yet. Currently, we are renewed through Season 15 -- that much is true -- but it's still possible that Comedy Central will pick us up for more seasons. You'll just have to be a good fan and tune in...hopefully we'll show those stinkin' Mayans who's who.

Question:

Are the rabbling politicians saying "peas and carrots"?

Are the rabbling politicians in Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow all saying "peas and carrots"?

Answer

Nice catch, guy! Yes, those rabbling politicians are yelling "peas and carrots" -- it's an inside joke for those of us in the production world. "Peas and carrots" is something that film and TV extras sometimes mutter in the background to make it look like they're carrying on a meaningful conversation. A little behind-the-scenes movie magic, courtesy of South Park...and global warming.

Question:

Wait...Butters is based off a real person?!

Hey there, Uncle FAQer. Trey and Matt said in one of their mini-commentaries on the DVD that Butters is based off of a real life "Butters" from the SP Team. Is there SERIOUSLY a person like Butters, and if so, how accurate is the character portrayal of the real guy?

Answer

Wul, yeah. Butters is loosely based off of Eric Stough, an Animation Director/Producer here at South Park. He's a long-time friend of Matt and Trey, and he is definitely Buttery. Obviously, he's an adult, so portrayal on the show is a lot more innocent and childish, but the inspiration is there.

Question:

I saw the boys and Russel Crowe in a "Gladiator" parody. What's that from?

Hey FAQ guy, I was just going through YouTube and found a South Park clip of the boys with Timmy in a "Gladiator" parody fighting Russel Crowe, and being saved by John Travolta. At the end of the clip I saw that it was shown a some award show. I was just wondering what award show it was? P.S. You should have a section for clips like one, the Jay Leno clip, and the Monty Python clip (if you don't already).

Answer

Ahhh, that's quite the hidden gem! That short Gladiator-esque segment was actually made for the MTV Movie Awards back in 2000. It's unofficially known as "The Gauntlet" around these parts, and bonus factoid -- it was the first time we ever parodied Russel Crowe, John Travolta, and/or Scientologists. It was well ahead of it's time.

As for that Bonus Clip segment you mentioned -- we do have a "Special" section of our site already up which features the "Imaginationland" Movie. It would be awesome to get some more stuff like this up there, but there are a lot of legal issues with stuff created outside of our show. But rest assured, we're working on it....

Question:

Who were all those celebs in "Dead Celebrities"?

In "Dead Celebrities" who are all of the dead celebs sitting in purgatory? I recognize Billy Mays and Farrah Fawcett, but who are all the others.

Answer

There were a ton of celebs that made cameos in "Dead Celebrities" -- I might be missing one or two, but here you go: Michael Jackson, Ricardo Montalban, Oscar Mayer, Dom DeLuise, Patrick Swayze, B. Aurthur, Ed McMahon, Walter Cronkite, Ted Kennedy, DJ AM, Natasha Richardson, and David Carradine.

Question:

You're wrong -- Craig's guinea pig is Stripe.

Hello, I'm sorry, but this has been pissing me off for quite some time, and I demand ACTION! (In as polite a demand as possible). Your Character section on this website lists Clyde as having a guinea pig named Stripe. In fact, it is Craig with the guinea pig. I DEMAND REPAIR AND RENOVATION (with no pressure whatsoever, of course). With love and furious hand-motions, Caitlin.

Answer

Your furious hand motions have been noted, Caitlin. And you are 100%, cereally correct. Craig is the one with the guinea pig named Stripe, which we can see very clearly in this clip. I commend you for your fact-checking and diligence, and will be sure to update that in our Character page...right after I watch Red Racer.

Question:

Did Satan and Mr. Hankey ever have a thing?

Did Mr. Hanky ever sleep with Satan? I'm in a disagreement with my friend and she seems to think that Mr. Hanky has sexual relations with Satan. I say that shes way off...please help! thanks

Answer

Mr. Hankey and Satan?? Your friend is waayyyyyyy off. Even though Satan has shown quite a fondness for Christmas, those two have never hooked up. Besides, Satan mostly limits his dating pool to people in hell.

Question:

When does Season 15 begin?

When does Season 15 begin?

Answer

Fear not, the first new episode of Season 15 airs Wednesday, APRIL 27th!! I know it seems far away, but those new episodes are gonna be back here before you know it. In the meantime, watch a random episode!!

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