QUICKLET ON 60 MINUTES ENTERTAINMENT PROFILES: TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE
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ABOUT THE BOOK DISCLAIMER: This contains explicit language that may not be suitable for readers of all ages. It?s hard to believe that South Park has been on the air for 15 years. The show features four trash-talking ten-year-olds - Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny - who somehow find themselves in the midst of every political, religious, and cultural crisis facing America. It is fearless and crude, and it created an instant uproar when it first debuted on Comedy Central. The animation is deliberately and laughably bad, and most of the voices are provided by its two creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But it was the freshest thing that anyone had seen on TV in years. And it?s still fresh to this day. Parker and Stone recently sat down for an interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft. When I watched the segment, I was amazed to see that this dynamic comedy duo have lost none of their edge. As the segment pointed out, they?re in their 40s now, but they still want to tackle the most pressing and controversial issues that other media personalities are afraid to touch. Not necessarily to be inflammatory, but rather to push the envelope of comedy. In Stone?s own words, ?We want to do jokes other people haven?t done, you know.? And they?ve recently taken their unique comedy sensibilities to Broadway, where they have created the subversive musical The Book of Mormon. The show is a smash hit and the winner of nine Tony awards, including the award for Best Musical. MEET THE AUTHOR Ben Sztajnkrycer was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. He is a graduate of UCLA?s prestigious screenwriting program, where he won numerous awards for his work. He teaches screenwriting at Cal State Fullerton. In his free time, Ben loves watching ?Polar Express? and ?Thomas the Tank Engine? over and over and over and over with his four-year-old son.