By Zachary Swickey
South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have plenty to celebrate this week. The duo’s latest brainchild, the satirical Broadway show The Book of Mormon, is riding high after walking away with an impressive nine Tony Awards, including the coveted Best Musical prize. Broadway is just the latest medium the pair have conquered, collecting plenty of awards hardware along the way.
Mormon is the hottest thing on Broadway right now (we dare you to try and get tickets) and is a favorite to pick up a Grammy nomination early next year. If it ends up scoring a Grammy, which seems likely, the anti-establishment heroes will be a mere Oscar away from the ultimate showbiz honor – EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Few can claim this particular bragging right, but when you realize that Mel Brooks is one of the 12 people to ever land all four top honors, it doesn’t sound as crazy.
Stone and Parker have come a long way from the crude construction paper and stick glue animation they created in their first 1992 short, Jesus Vs. Frosty, which became the template for the escapades of Cartman and the gang. Currently midway through its fifteenth season, South Park has seen nine nominations and four wins at the Emmys in the Outstanding Animated Program category – an impressive feat for any program.
It’s hard to believe a show about a group of foul-mouthed fourth graders would receive such critical acclaim, but with new episodes turned around in just a week, the show is more in touch with the pulse of pop culture than any other.
With a Tony and several Emmys on their mantel, Stone and Parker still have the Oscars to conquer, but they are well on their way to that as well. Back in 2000, they received a Best Original Song nomination for South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut’s “Blame Canada.” It’s hard to say which was more memorable: Stone and Parker parading down the Oscar’s red carpet in replicas of J.Lo’s infamously low-cut green Versace dress and the pink princess gown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to accept her Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, or Robin William’s memorable and heavily-censored performance of their song.
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