South Park, satire and us – by Matt Stone
With his creative partner Trey Parker, Matt Stone created both the enduringly popular adult cartoon seriesSouth Parkand the smash-hit musicalThe Book of Mormon.
Pairing boyish, gross-out comedy with biting parody, they are two of the darkest satirists in US media.
Working with video-game developer Obsidian Entertainment, Stone has spent the last few years both writing and overseeingSouth Park: The Stick of Truth, a game that’s far from the usual throwaway licensed cash-in. Instead it’s an interactive extension of theSouth Parkuniverse, with the same shocking and irresistible sense of humour.
Here he talks about comedy’s ever-expanding boundaries and the challenges of writing for interactive rather than passive comedy.