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357 - breayle: August 01, 2001
There's a new tradition at South Park, and its name is Cash Grab Mondays. For the past three weeks we've had a money grab machine (like the one with Kenny in "Starvin' Marvin") brought to the Studios, so that we could continue a practice we picked up on the set of "That's My Bush." There's a common tradition on many Hollywood sets called Dollar Days, where the members of the cast and crew write their names on a dollar bill and toss it into a pot. At the end of the week, a member of the crew (usually the star) pulls a bill from the kitty. The person whose name is on the bill wins the pot, along with several demands to pick up the beer tab for that week. I don't know where and how the tradition began, but it's a great way to build camaraderie in a crew - even though the grips always seem to win.
Trey thought it would be a pretty cool idea to bring Dollar Days to South Park, but with decidedly South Parkian twist. Instead of a cookie jar, we tracked down a cash grab machine like the ones you always see at those cheesy state fairs. Each player gets anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute to grab as much cash as they can. Techniques differ wildly, but it's always a riot to watch. For our most recent Cash Grab Monday, we had Ministry blaring from huge speakers and a strobe light to further disorient the hapless employee. We've even had two crew members in the money grab machine at the same time. Who knows what we'll think of next.
358 - breayle: August 02, 2001
Episode 507 "Proper Condom Use" downloads now available!
Hey all, I just uploaded images and sounds for your downloading pleasure. Story boards and video will be ready by tomorrow or early
on next week. Don't forget that this next episode is the last one for a while! Make sure to watch/tape/record/memorize SOMETHING!
And don't forget that we're having one question answered by Matt and Trey every Monday through Friday starting August 18th 2001,
the way you can submit your questions is by going into the FAQ's section and posting your questions. Some questions will be deleted (i.e. "What color
is Kyle's hair?") and some will be answered normally and posted in the FAQ's section, all other happy fun questions will get to Matt and
Trey. Questions will be taken until August 8th so get them in NOW!
Things are winding down here at South Park Studios as the first half of the fifth season slowly comes to an end. After working through 12 straight weekends (along with several months of pre-production on our switch to Maya software) the South Park crew will be taking a much-deserved hiatus. But before we disperse in over 70 different directions, we wanted to give you an update on what's going to happen in the coming months.
This Wednesday's show (#508 "Towelie") will be the last new episode to air for the next three months. Starting on November 7, six new episodes of South Park will air in a row. This next run of episodes will bring the fifth season to an end on December 12. Throughout our hiatus, SouthParkStudios.com will continue to post updates on the repeat episodes, along with staff interviews and daily questions answered by Matt and Trey, so keep checking back for all kinds of new material. And if we haven't mentioned it before, thanks to all for making the first four months of SouthParkStudios.com a great success.
362 - breayle: August 07, 2001
Black Superman. Where did he come from? Is he our friend? And why does Big Gay Al have a picture of him? Well, he's from West Los Angeles, and he's a super nice Superman. I interviewed our Production Manager, Daryl Sancton, to get the inside scoop on how Superion made his South Park debut in Episode #503 "Cripple Fight!"
Monday 9:00 a.m.
DS: When I came in on Monday morning, Anne (Garefino, Executive Producer) told me that I should go back to Edit Bay 2; apparently, there was a photo that needed clearing. It turns out that this picture of Black Superman (aka Superion) had made it onto the show over the weekend. Keef (Bartkus, Editor) had (the original image) emailed to him, thought it was funny, and not realizing that it would create a clearance issue, put it into one of the cuts. Trey fell in love with it and thought it was really funny. So it was my job to find out where and how we could get permission from Superion (to use his image).
CS: Aside from the image Keef had, how did you start tracking down the elusive Superion?
DS: I got a lead from Kyle (McCulloch, Writer) because he, coincidentally, had interviewed Superion two or three years ago at a comic book convention. So we knew he was a part of that world, maybe an icon, even. I started by calling comic book stores in L.A. and San Diego to see if they had heard of Superion. Unfortunately, no one had. So Kyle called up his girlfriend, who tracked down the tape, and made out a portion of his real name. It was 1:30 p.m at this point, and up til then, our leads were getting us nowhere.
Stay tuned for part two: Superion Discovered!
363 - breayle: August 07, 2001
Here's Part Two of my interview with Daryl: Operation Superion (aka Black Superman).
Monday 1:30 p.m.
DS: So we called the marketing director (of the comic book convention Kyle went to), keeping in mind that it was three years ago. He hadn't heard of a black superman either. But we told him the name; and with his records, he was able to match up an identical name. Unfortunately, he didn't have a current address, a phone number, or any more information other than, "Okay, this is the guy's name I think you're talking about."
CS: So you had a name, which was your only lead. What time was it then?
DS: It was about 3 or 4 o'clock, Monday afternoon. We had also spent the whole day on the Internet, trying to find out if he had a web page or anything, any lead, that might lead us to him.
CS: But no luck.
DS: Nothing. So the next step was to call a private investigator.
CS: So cool...
DS: All we had was this name, so we said, "We're looking for this man. Can you find him." She said, "Okay. I'll call you in the morning and I'll give you his phone number and address." So we thought, oh we're never going to find him. But she was able to search the entire country through some kind of database. She called me at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday morning, saying, "Here's his phone number." So we called him, and it turns out he lives right around the corner, in West L.A.. I told him, "Now this may sound odd, but are you Black Superman?" And he said, "Yes, I am."
Part three of this thrilling tale will be posted tomorrow. Long live Superion!
364 - breayle: August 07, 2001
Things are winding down here at South Park Studios as the first half of the fifth season slowly
comes to an end. After working through 12 straight weekends (along with several months of
pre-production on our switch to Maya software) the South Park crew will be taking a
much-deserved hiatus. But before we disperse in over 70 different directions, we wanted to give
you an update on what's going to happen in the coming months.
This Wednesday's show (#508 "Towelie") will be the last new episode to air for the next three
months. Starting on November 7, six new episodes of South Park will air in a row. This next run of
episodes will bring the fifth season to an end on December 12. Throughout our hiatus,
SouthParkStudios.com will continue to post updates on the repeat episodes, along with staff
interviews and daily questions answered by Matt and Trey, so keep checking back for all kinds of new
material. And if we haven't mentioned it before, thanks to all for making the first four months of
SouthParkStudios.com a great success.
365 - breayle: August 07, 2001
Juz down under at Sweeet.com
just finished his August calendar! Check it out!
366 - breayle: August 08, 2001
Part Three of Superion Quest.
Just to recap: Our Production Manager, Daryl Sancton, was given less than two days to track down the random subject of a picture that was received by one of our editors through email. She also had to get permission from said subject, in order to use the image for Episode #503 "Cripple Fight." Thanks to the help of a private investigator, Daryl was able contact Superion (aka Black Superman); but unbeknownst to her, their troubles had only yet begun.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.
DS: At the time I didn't even know whether he was telling the truth or not. I told (Superion) why I was asking, and who I was, and that we wanted to use a picture of him that we found on the Internet. Luckily, he was really a fan of South Park, and couldn't have been happier to do it. Now, our next problem was, we also had to get the permission of the photographer, and (Superion) didn't know who took that picture of him. But he said that he had pictures of his own, and that we could meet. So we decided to meet that afternoon (around 1:30 p.m.) for coffee, and I was going to bring a release.
Note: Almost every person who appears in, or does a voice for, South Park must sign a release form that gives the show permission to use their image or voice. That's why it was so important for Daryl to find Superion quickly. "Cripple Fight" was going to be delivered to Comedy Central in less than 24 hours; final picture was going in be locked by Trey in less than twelve. And the legal department at Comedy Central would never allow an image to air without a properly signed release form.
367 - breayle: August 08, 2001
The final installment of my interview with Daryl.
Tuesday 1:30 p.m.
CS: Was Superion in costume?
DS: We didn't think he would be. We just thought he was going to bring his pictures. (Kyle and Josh Fogel, our Production Office Coordinator, came along as backup) He had brought three pictures - and they were NOT very good, mostly because they were shot from too far away. We probably could have used them. But then he pulls out a duffel bag (insert music sting!), and he says that he has a camera, as well as his entire costume, with him. So here we are, at Starbucks, he goes into the bathroom and he comes out fully dressed as Superion. We were taking pictures of him outside of Starbucks, and no one even looked at us twice!
CS: That's L.A..
DS: No one even acknowledged that here we were with a man dressed as a super hero. So we took our pictures, he signed the release, and that's the story. It was very stressful. I think I met with him at 1:30 p.m. and we got the pictures developed across the street at Walgreen's. An hour later, we were able to scan the picture and drop it into the show with hours to spare.
CS: And why is he called Superion?
DS: Oh, we didn't talk about that (a mystery!). His day job is roller-skating along the Venice Beach boardwalk. But I don't think he wears his costume. Kyle says the name Superion comes from a comic book character (Superion) was trying to develop.
CS: Anything else you'd like to add?
DS: We bought him a frappachino. For some reason, Kyle was really excited about taking pictures of him with the frappachino. But that's Kyle. Oh, and that was the same episode (#503) with the photo of the two naked men. (Laughs) But that's another story.
368 - breayle: August 09, 2001
Starting next week, Comedy Central will be airing reruns from the first four seasons of South Park in our regular timeslot. While September is still somewhat of a mystery, I can tell you which episodes will air over the next three weeks.
August 15th - #416 "Wacky Molestation Adventure"
August 22nd - #401 "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000"
August 29th - #217 "Gnomes"
We'll keep you posted on additions and changes to the broadcast schedule as we receive more information.
369 - breayle: August 09, 2001
Hey, it's out of our hands. Here's what's coming for the rest of the year. In two parts.
"South Park" Super-Fan Month
every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.
What is the best episode of "South Park" and why and who is the series' best fan? Fans of the hit series will have the opportunity to prove they are "South Park's" Super-Fan by answering trivia questions about "South Park" online at COMEDY CENTRAL's Web site, comedycentral.com. Fans who really know their stuff will be able to vote for their favorite episode and tell the world why it is better than all the rest. Each week COMEDY CENTRAL will select one Super-Fan and air his/her favorite episode and announce the name of the Super-Fan at the beginning of the episode.
"'South Park' Schocktoberfest" Theme Month
every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.
A Halloween-themed month full of spooky adventures by the irreverent, foul-mouthed fourth graders Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Stan. Featuring "Trapper Keeper" (10/3), "Damien" (10/10), "Spooky Fish in Spooky Vision" (10/17), "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" (10/24) and the original Halloween special, "Pink Eye" (10/31).
370 - breayle: August 09, 2001
Hey Kids, part two of the Comedy Central press release. I'm only including the South Park info. Enjoy.
"South Park" - All-New Episodes
Wednesdays, beginning November 7 at 10:00 p.m.
The misadventures of "South Park's" foulest fourth graders Kyle, Kenny, Cartman, Stan continue with six consecutive all-new episodes.
"South Park" - Holiday Theme Month
Every Wednesday at 10:00 and/or 10:30 p.m.
Bells are ringing and carolers are screaming while Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Stan wreak havoc in South Park during a month of holiday-themed episodes of "South Park" every Wednesday at 10:00 and/or 10:30 p.m. featuring: the original classic, "Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo" (12/5, 10:30 p.m.), "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson" (12/12, 10:30 p.m.), "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" (12/17, 10:00 p.m.), "Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls" (12/17, 10:30 p.m.), "A Very Crappy Christmas" (12/26, 10:00 p.m.) and "Are You There God, It's Me Jesus" (12/26, 10:30 p.m.).
371 - breayle: August 09, 2001
Hey boys and girls,
I've just uploaded about 50 new "Towelie" images for all of you check them out by
There are also three new "Towelie" storyboards and those can be looked at by clicking nyaw.
Sounds for episode 508 will probably be ready for you tomorrow, I'm hoping video's will be ready for you tomorrow or next week too,
everyone's going on break so it seems like the last day of school here!
Keep voting in the polls section to cast your vote on what you want to download next, also don't forget that I will be posting Matt and Trey's
answered questions starting August 13th (Monday) and will continue to post them Monday-Friday during the break so keep checking back.
Thanks once again to all of you for making the first months of Southparkstudios.com so pleasant!
Are my best friends
Through thick and thin
we'll always be together
we're four of a kind
having fun all day
and pallin away
just best friends
best friends are we!
I love you guys....
New "Towelie" sounds are ready for download! Get to those by clicking here
I'm not sure when the Towelie script or video's will be available since there's no one here to get them for me! You might have to wait
on those two things but I will be coming in the office once a week so I'll try and catch whoever pops in and get them to make those happen
for me. I will be posting those Matt and Trey questions as well as some interviews so there will be stuff for you all to look at.
Have a great weekend and I'll be posting on the BBS and chatting on random IRC channels so you can't get rid of me that easy! See you all
1.Terrance and Phillip remind me a lot of Matt and Trey themselves. Their names are also Trey's initials, is this coincidence? Or was it made to look like that?
Matt: I really don't know how to respond to being compared to a farting, flappy-headed, loudmouth Canadian, but thank you. They are kind of like us in that they love fart jokes. Terrance and Phillip is our answer to the critics who said that South Park was nothing but fart jokes. Oh Yeah?! Well HERE is a show that is really all fart jokes! Trey doesn't remember naming them Terrance and Phillip to signify his
name, but maybe he did it subliminally. It was always going to be Terrance and something. But neither of us even noticed it was TP until about year later.
Check back tomorrow for another one of your questions answered by Matt and Trey!
374 - breayle: August 14, 2001
Your questions answered by Matt and Trey
2. Would there ever be a chance of the fans getting the deleted scenes from the movie or the show on VHS or DVD?
Matt: The deleted scenes from the movie were deleted for a very good reason, they SUCKED. That's why they were deleted. Also, parts of many scenes that were deleted ended up in other scenes in other locations. Believe me, if it was good, we figured out a way to get it in the movie.
Trey: Except the infamous turbo-beaver-mobile!
Check back tomorrow for question three!
375 - breayle: August 15, 2001
Your questions answered by Matt and Trey
3. How did you come up with Timmy? Was he from "How's your news?" or someone you knew personally?
Trey: Timmy was simply a prop to help pull Kenny's tooth out in the Tooth Fairy epsiode. We liked him so much we called Comedy Central and said we wanted to do a whole show with him to which they promptly said "No." They were afraid of doing a whole show about a handicapped kid. Well, we fought
for it and won and the rest is history. Timmy is a real gem. He is not directly inspired by "How's Your News".
Matt: Although he's not based on anyone we know, there is a hint of Marshall Mathers in his smile...
376 - breayle: August 16, 2001
Your questions answered by Matt and Trey
4. Is there some sort of debate with Comedy Central about bleeping out the word shit? I don't understand how you can say it 162 times in one show and not censor it, but a few weeks later censor it out when it's said only once... what's the deal?
Trey: Personally, we don't understand how or why Comedy Central let us say "shit" 162 times either.
Matt: We Just asked. They were excited about the idea and checked with advertisers who were psyched and that was it.
Trey: It was kind of wierd. But cable can honestly do whatever it wants as long as its
advertisers say okay. Its not controlled by FCC guidelines
like the networks are. Part of the reason they were hip to it was because the entire storyline of the episode relied on it. The reason we bleeped "shit" the next week is just
because we thought that was funny, to say it 162 times the week before and then bleep its singular occurance the next.
377 - breayle: August 17, 2001
5. How did you research for Orgazmo? Did you actually get Mormans to come into your house and tell you about their religion? Don't you think it's mean to fake interest in someone's faith just for the purposes of a film?
Trey: I wrote Orgazmo when we were still in Colorado. There are a lot of Mormons there and both Matt and I knew some growing up.
Matt: I had a best friend that was one and Trey actually dated one.
Trey: Yes, we would actually invite missionaries in and grill them about the religion. I don't think this was mean-spirited because the interest in their religion was genuine. We both
have read a lot about the Mormon religion, which is really fascinating. If you ever find yourself in Salt Lake City go do the free tour of Temple Square. Good times.
378 - breayle: August 20, 2001
6. All the other boys have hooked up with chicks before. Will Cartman ever get a love interest besides money?
Trey: Cartman is too selfish, and I remember that he did have a thing with Wendy the Flag epsiode I think.
Matt: Yeah, they kiss.
379 - breayle: August 21, 2001
7. What was it like making the Original Spirit of Christmas? Does it look strange to you know that it's all done on computers? Do you miss the crappy cut out animation or do you like the sharper streamlined version better?
Matt: The Original Spirit of Xmas was made in Trey's Basement when one thanksgiving weekend. It is amazing how far the show has come since sitting around cutting out construction paper. But then again, it still looks like shit. We (and obviously our animators, chiefly Eric Stough) worked very hard to duplicate that distinctive "shitty" look that is so key to South Park. I personally wish we could do the whole
show on construction paper but then we could probably only do about 2 episodes a year. It just takes forever.
380 - breayle: August 22, 2001
8. Do you plan on renewing your contract with Comedy Central after these next three years expire?
Matt: We don't know what the hell we're going to do when our contract is up in two years. Who knows if we'll even be
alive. I'm want Carson Daly's job.
381 - breayle: August 23, 2001
9. Did they fight scene in "Cripple Fight" get inspired by "They Live" with Rowdy Rodney Piper? Why did you choose such a long and painful drawn out fight scene?
Matt: "Cripple Fight" itself was just a funny concept, but when it came down to storyboarding it, Trey remembered that fight from "They Live" as being long, drawn-out, and really funny if it were redone with cripples.
Trey: So the answer is yes.
382 - breayle: August 24, 2001
10. What the hell is that thing in Barbrady's ear?
Matt: Officer Barbrady wears a hearing aid. That's why he always talks so fucking loud all the time. His voice was based on our impression of radio talk-show host Dennis Prager, who we actually worked with years ago. Both Trey and I
actually think pretty highly of Dennis Prager, but he does have a HUGE voice and in person its almost overwhelming. I don't think Dennis Prager has a hearing aid, but it would explain why he talks so big.
383 - breayle: August 27, 2001
11. Who was the black superman dude and where did you find him?
Trey: Our editor recieved his picture in an e-mail and put it in the show. He calls himself Superion, a black superman. We actually tracked him down to take his picture. He lives in L.A.
384 - breayle: August 28, 2001
12. When Ned and Jimbo sport Mrs. Tenorman "letting the twins out" and Ned starts jerkin' it, how does he answer Jimbo's questions? Since his good hand is uh... occupied, did he get an implant or something?
Trey: I think he is supposed to be going back and forth between jacking it and talking. If not, you caught a mistake. Happy?
385 - breayle: August 29, 2001
13. At the end of the South Park "Dead Friend" skit, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and some other guy were sitting at a table... I didn't recognize the guy on the right who was he?
Matt: I don't remember. Honestly have no idea. But "re-inventing" the Dead Parrot Sketch was quite an honor.
386 - breayle: August 30, 2001
14. Why do Matt and Trey change little scenes after it gets aired Wednesday? I notice small changes from Wednesday to Saturday like a line gets cut or a scene is different... why?
Trey: We finish a show and sattelite it to the East coast on Wednesday afternoon the day it airs. But the satelited copy is not the greatest quality so then we Fed-Ex a NEW copy of the show on Friday for the Saturday showing.
Matt: And then sometimes, because we have a couple of extra days, we fix some shots and redo some sound. That's it, we're just the worst procrastinators ever in the whole world ever that have ever lived ever.
387 - breayle: August 31, 2001
15. What's with the whole "Fighting the Frizzies" thing from Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics? Is there some obscure reference that I'm just not getting?
Trey: "The Star Wars Christmas Special" starring Chewbacca, his wife and his kid is one of the worst pieces of television ever made. Everything about it is bad. I think it only aired once it 1977, but some smart person taped it off of TV way back then and we got a hold of a copy. You can get it at Comic conventions I think. The tape is complete with commercials from the time and all. They turn out to be the best part. The local station that it was taped off of teases a story about "fighting the frizzies" for the evening news that night. Remember it was 1977, people really cared about
their hair back then. It was a hair story. That joke is
really a half-percenter, because only one in two hundred
will actually get it.