Trey Parker and Matt Stone are responsible for a bunch of firsts for me. In 1996, I remember sitting in front of my Gateway computer, impatiently checking the status bar as the very first video I ever downloaded was coming in over a 56k modem. That video was called “The Spirit of Christmas” and it made me laugh so hard I fell off my chair. I made sure I told everyone I knew about the four crude little boys who seek the great Brian Boitano’s help in a fight to the death between Jesus and Santa.
Five years later—and less than two months after September 11th—the country entered a new war, and there wasn’t much to smile about. I turned on my TV and saw Cartman do a Looney Toons-inspired dance with Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan. Trey and Matt were the first to make me laugh—cry laughing, in fact—at the events going on in the world then.
In 2004, I went to see a movie with the woman who’s now my wife. It was our first date. The film was Parker and Stone’s “Team America: World Police.” As I watched her, now apparently a resident of Derkaderkastan, sing, “Ronery, I am so ronery” at the top of her lungs on our walk back, it dawned on me that I was in love.
Our five-year wedding anniversary was last week.
Just a few months ago, when I was fortunate enough to attend an early preview of Matt and Trey’s “Book of Mormon” on Broadway, I came to appreciate that laughter is not medium-dependent. Without spelling out LMFAO, I can assure you that this phrase described my night at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
Needless to say, few creators make me laugh as heartily as Trey Parker and Matt Stone do. Their stories offend everyone indiscriminately, but do so in a smart way—one that delivers a positive message in each episode, every movie, and every musical.
It’s my great pleasure to announce that just about every episode of South Park is coming to Hulu beginning today. This deal gives Hulu Plus subscribers access to current season South Park episodes just 21 days after they air and the entire back library—all 15 seasons—of shows and clips on all enabled devices. And users of the free, ad-supported Hulu service can watch clips from current and past seasons and a rotating collection of South Park episodes, hand-picked by the South Park team. To launch, South Park celebrates the coming of summer. And in the wise words of Towelie, “Don’t forget to bring a towel!”
South Park is celebrating its 15th season and marking 2011 the Year of the Fan. As a fan, I ask that you please do yourself a favor and watch South Park. And then re-watch it. It’s the summer, so you might as well, mmkay?
Screw you guys, I’m going home.
P.S. If you are as much of a Trey Parker and Matt Stone fan as I am, check out Cannibal the Musical on Hulu.