Denver Post- The first episode of “South Park” aired in August 1997, introducing the world to four foul-mouthed Colorado kids who would become fixtures of pop culture and inspire belly-aching laughter for generations of fans.
This week, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone returned with ‘tegridy to their home state to celebrate the second longest running cartoon in history, which is still going strong after a quarter century. The party, back-to-back sold out concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, featured Parker and Stone performing beloved original “South Park” tunes with help from rock bands Primus and Ween, and a six-piece backup choir.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker really don’t get enough credit or praise for what demented geniuses they are.
The fact South Park has been on the air, doing what they do, for 25 years now is fuckin scary. It's crazy impressive they've not only refused to back down over the years, especially today when we're in the eye of the woke storm, but they've actually seemed to have gotten even bolder. Which you have to respect the hell out of. No person, or subject matter, is off limits when it comes to their storylines.
I don't watch the show religiously, but every time I do catch an episode I ask myself why I don't.
A couple weeks ago I came back to my hotel room after a late night of work and turned on Comedy Central to fall asleep to. South Park was on and it was an episode called "The China Problem"…
I won't give away any spoilers, but in it, the boys comes to terms with the fact that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg ruined Indiana Jones' legacy by trotting out the last film they did. Parker and Stone found the movie so bad that there are several scenes in the episode where Spielberg and Lucas take turns literally raping Indiana Jones.
A very fucked up subject and imagery but I'd be lying if I didn't admit I was howling with laughter by myself at 3 in the morning watching.
It was so funny that I texted my friend Vinny to tell him about it and ask if he'd ever seen it. Later that morning he responded saying no but that he'd watch it on demand later. Which he did, and he concurred it was piss-your-pants hilarious.
But I feel like every 9 out of 10 episodes I watch is like that.
"Family Guy" is also very witty and dry humored, but not a vicious or envelope-pushing as South Park. How these guys have been doing this for 25 years and continue to pump out a quality product without running out of ideas is amazing.
Not to mention, if you've never seen "The Book Of Mormon" you're missing out on one of the funniest, most brilliant things in the world. The fact a legitimate monster, smash hit, Broadway musical came from these guys' brains might be the most impressive thing they've ever done.
As is playing a full concert at one of the most legendary venues in the world, Red Rocks.
The soiree included surprise guest appearances from Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who made an official declaration designating Aug. 10 South Park Day in the Centennial State.
It was nothing short of epic and apt for a milestone that the creators’ admittedly never thought they’d reach.
“We got the order to do six episodes, after we made the pilot episodes and it kind of didn’t work… I really specifically remember that every script, when I finished the script, I hole-punched it and put it in a notebook ’cause I was like, ‘Forever I’ll have these notebooks up on a shelf somewhere, these six scripts, that will be so cool to have,'” Parker said in a interview. “And now it would be like 365 binders so I stopped doing that.”
What started simply as an idea to throw a birthday party featuring Primus and Ween quickly snowballed into a musical homage to 25 years of “South Park,” Parker and Stone said.
The night included virtual appearances by Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick, as well as cameos from Butters, Randy Marsh, Terrance and Phillip, Mr. Garrison, Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, Mr. Mackey and more, who danced across video screens and projections on the venue’s iconic red rocks as part of a concert-long montage. (Sing it with me, “montage!”)
The guys also got a surprise from one of their favorite rock legends -
Beyond the jokes, it was evident this anniversary show was a sentimental moment for Parker, Trey, and the whole “South Park” crew that was posted up in the stands. And while the surprises were plenty for the audience, there was also one in store for the guests of honor.
As an anniversary gift, Parker enlisted Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to surprise Stone, who joined them on drums during a performance of “Closer to the Heart.”
It was no doubt a bucket list moment for the comedian — in our pre-show interview, Stone told The Post that Rush was among the best shows he’d ever seen at Red Rocks.
Rush fucks. Hard.
This concert seemed like an incredible experience for those who got to go. I'm very jealous.