Trey Parker quotes and sayings
October 19, 1969
If you're famous, you suck, just for being famous. People in England totally get that; Americans don't.
It's been a fascinating thing because we didn't really know how to write when we started South Park at all. It's been like, we've just sort of grown up a bit and it's amazing to just see how, if you take Butters and Cartman and put them in any scene, it works.
The best way to try to motivate somebody is by being direct with them. To be honest with them. Lies are never the right way to get your message across.
Sean Penn's really the only one stupid enough to put anything down on paper.
We created a brand for ourselves, so that now people can't get mad at what we do, because then they're just making of themselves.
Basically ... out of all the ridiculous religion stories which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculousthe silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah ... there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause ... just 'cause'. That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever.
I can feel myself dying inside.
No, writing musicals is the hardest thing in the world. And it was really funny, because I remember when the South Park movie came out, there were some critics that said, 'Well it's obvious that in order to get it to be 90 minutes they filled some time with music.'.
Careful?! Was my mother careful when she stabbed me in the heart with a coat hanger while I was still in womb?
I like to fancy myself more of a musician than anything else.
Most people I know are not hard-core religious people. They are what I would call 'lightly religious.' So I don't buy the notion that we can't laugh about religion in America.
The only way to be punk rock in L.A. is to be a Republican.
It's this simple law, which every writer knows, of taking two opposites and putting them in a room together. I love anything with Cartman and Butters at the same time, it's great.
It's not like we have a formula, but I think one of the reasons this show has survived is that it has a big heart at its center. Other cartoon shows have people crap on each other and make racist jokes. But I don't think people tune in for that. I just don't think a show lasts for 10 years without a heart.
If you ever go to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, if you stay there long enough, you'll see a homeless person standing in the middle of their nice, beautiful square, holding out a cup for change. And the Mormons don't ever ask him to leave.
The Republicans didn't want the government to run your life, because Jesus should. That was really part of their thing: less government, more Jesus. Now it's like, how about more government and Jesus?
To me, every episode is like a song, and every season is like an album. There's that part of the day when you first get the idea and you say, "This could be really funny." And you sit down and you write it. There's just something that happens there that doesn't happen when you really give it a lot of time beforehand.
Like anything important, anything you need people to hear - you've got to have music for it. You've got to make it at least a little piece of a song or sometimes a whole song.
Even from the very beginning, I didn't put any money in the stock market.
Hollywood views regular people as children, and they think they're the smart ones who need to tell the idiots out there how to be.
I spend shockingly little time thinking about real-world stuff.
I think you could take any Bruckheimer movie and do it with puppets, and it would be screamingly funny.
Something is cool until everyone thinks it's cool.
Sometimes what's right isn't as important as what's profitable.
You know, and it really doesn't have a lot to do with the movie. That's the trick to doing a good musical is that, if you take that music number out, there's less to the movie there. You would miss it.
I don't even know where Russia and Mexico are.
If we have a great idea, we'll go, 'Oh, this could be a cool movie.' Or really for us, it's more like, 'Oh, this is a really bad idea. Let's do this. This seems really stupid.'.
The 'Beavis and Butt-head' movie was just a movie-length version of the TV show.
Any job is a job. If you have to be doing something, then you're probably not enjoying it.
I would let my kids watch this stuff way before I'd let them watch something like 'Full House' that I think would make them stupid.
I love life... Well yeah, and I'm sad, but at the same time I'm really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It's like, it makes me feel alive, you know? It makes me feel human. And the only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt something really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good, so I guess what I'm feeling is like a, beautiful sadness.
When you were a teenager in Colorado, the way to be a punk rocker was to rip on Reagan and Bush and what they were doing and talk about how everyone in Colorado's a redneck with a gun and all this stuff.
You don't need missionaries in Colorado; you got Colorado.
Colorado's right next to Utah - you know, Mormon Central.
The story of Jesus makes no sense to me. God sent his only son. Why could God only have one son and why would he have to die? It's just bad writing, really. And it's really terrible in about the second act.
When you sit down and write a song, you kind of have the idea for the song, and you sit there at the piano and you kinda just write it. And then of course later there's some dinking around with it and changing some stuff. But there's this thing that happens when the song first comes out, that sort of magic when it first comes out of the ether, and you can't even really explain where it comes from. That happens so much with music, and people understand that with music. But I really think that a lot of movie and TV should be the same way.
I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.
Before the church responded, a lot of people would ask us, 'Are you afraid of what the church would say?' And Trey and I were like, 'They're going to be cool.' And they were like, 'No, they're not. There are going to be protests.' And we were like, 'Nope, they're going to be cool.' We weren't that surprised by the church's response. We had faith in them.
How many times have you been watching an episode of 'South Park' and thought, 'I'd like to be able to watch this on my television while hooked into my mobile device, which is being controlled by my tablet device which is hooked into my oven, all while sitting in the refrigerator?'.
Once you have kids, you think like a parent. You get a lot more protective.
I was always a very happy, optimistic person.
In terms of the creative side of it, it's really been a thing where you come up with the funny stuff is usually at a bar or out talking to people or whatever.
We made this really dumb decision to put on the cover nothing from South Park but just a real life photo of a piece of pooh dressed up like Mr. Hankey, and a lot of people didn't, they didn't even know what it was.
There's a lot of people who, a cigarette is about the only vacation they have.
The problem is we moved to LA... The only way to be punk rock in L.A. is to be a Republican.
Doing a musical is like having a kid. It's out there alive somewhere. It's not like a movie or a TV show where what we intended is what everyone will see. The kid can act out. The kid's going to do what it wants to do.
When someone goes, 'Oh, this group is really pissed off at what you said,' there's not a piece of my body that goes, 'Sweet!' That means I did it wrong. I'm just trying to make people laugh.
When I was a kid, to me, the Evergreen Players were the big time.
A lot of people don't realize this, but probably the one person that gets made fun of in 'South Park' more than anybody is my dad. Stan's father, Randy - my dad's name is Randy - that's my drawing of my dad; that's me doing my dad's voice. That is just my dad. Even Stan's last name, Marsh, was my dad's stepfather's name.
Family isn't about whose blood you have. It's about who you care about.
Bargaining makes you come up with the best ideas.
I don't want to say never, but I hope I don't become that 'take me seriously now' guy.
I think that parents only get so offended by television because they rely on it as a babysitter and the sole educator of their kids.
A scotch buzz is the best buzz in the world.
If somebody actually came to me and said, 'O.K., this is it: write your last 'South Park' episodes,' I'd be like, 'No, no, no.'.
You can't make experimental work by copying past work.
Love isn't a decision. It's a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.
I find Mormons adorable. I love Disneyland and old musicals, and, to me, Mormonism fits right in with all of that.
You know that everyone thinks that in order to do South Park we must be wild, crazy, rock and roll stars. But the truth is we're just wholesome middle-American guys. We enjoy soda pop, baseball and beating up old people just as much as anybody.
Hippies, hippies... they want to save the world but all they do is smoke pot and play frisbee!
I try not to tune in to politics until it's two or three months before the election. Till then, it's like watching preseason football.
I got into this little habit of architecture and building. I designed a house in Colorado and one in Hawaii. The idea is supposed to be build and sell - but then I can never bring myself to sell them.
Out of all the ridiculous religion stories - which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous - the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah, there's this big, giant universe, and it's expanding, and it's all going to collapse on itself, and we're all just here, just 'cuz. Just 'cuz.' That to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever.
I was a big 'Charlie Brown' fan as a kid.
Jerry Bruckheimer creates comedy, he just doesn't realize because he's a turd.
It's all based on saying the shocking thing. We used to have a great time going to Hollywood parties and saying 'I think George Bush is doing a great job.' We'd clear out the room. I used to love it.
Well I looked in my moms closet and saw what I was getting for Christmas, an ultravibe pleasure 2000.
The truth is, marijuana probably isn't going to make you kill people. Most likely isn't going to fund terrorists, but pot makes you feel fine with being bored and it's when you're bored that you should be learning a new skill or some new science or being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you're not good at anything.
It was exactly the same on the South Park movie really too. There's lots of violence in that too, but it always came down to anything sexual... They don't care about anything else.
We have it, we're lucky enough that we've created a show where it's not about... a family, or a kid, it's about a town.
I've never met a Mormon I didn't like. They're really nice people. They're so Disney. They're so Rodgers and Hammerstein.
My dad was just a big Joseph Campbell nut.
We find just as many things to rip on the left as we do on the right. People on the far-left and the far-right are the same exact person to us.
It's an Afghanistan goat, so it can't stay here, or else it'll choke on the sweet air of freedom.
Living is having ups and downs and sharing them with friends.
I've started confiding in people, other artists mostly, that I hate making 'South Park,' and I always have. It's super stressful. I'm always miserable.
I see Santa Claus and Joseph Smith and Luke Skywalker as the same person.
I hate puppets so much. I dream about puppets all night. I see strings on people. The nice thing is we can just take a puppet and put it in front of a wall and blow the shit out of it.
People have a lot of different beliefs, and at the end of the day, we all have deeply held beliefs that probably don't make sense to anyone else.
I grew up with the religion of 'Star Wars,' frankly. That's when I realized there is something bigger out there... and it's called The Force.
Me and Matt love to argue, but in general our sense of humor is pretty much alike.
I just realized that there are going to be a lot of painful times in life, so I better learn to deal with them in the right way.
We're the guys who, if someone says you really shouldn't do an episode making fun of Scientologists, we say, 'Whatever.' Someone says, 'They might come try to burn your house down,' we say, 'We'll just get another one.'.
My favorite musical? I don't. It changes all the time. I'm just a diehard, I'm totally old school, like I'll sit and watch, if they are re-doing Oklahoma in New York, I will be the first one there.
It's funny because I think a lot of it is simply... We've never considered ourselves satirists, but because we're on Comedy Central and because we're South Park on Comedy Central, we can do any topic we want.
When you're superhot, you don't have the time to enjoy being superhot, because you're working your ass off. By the time we will actually have time to really go out and screw around, we won't be hot anymore.
My fear is that, as soon as I get married and have kids that I'll kind of do what a lot of people do and suddenly start making, 'Now I'm gonna make films for kids.' I really hope I don't do that.
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