There is a certain point at which parody and caricature are no longer effective methods of generating laughter.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the acclaimed creators of South Park, like much of the world, have come to feel this way about U.S. President Donald Trump.
In the previous season of South Park, the 2016 U.S. presidential election was front and center in the majority of episodes, many of which mocked Trump’s performance in the presidential debates.
Mr. Garrison, the neurotic teacher of Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Kenny, served as South Park’s stand-in for Trump, running for president and getting further than he ever expected. As the season progressed, Garrison came to resemble Trump in appearance more and more.
But come next season, Parker and Stone would prefer to take their long-running show — 20 seasons and counting — in another direction.
“This season I want to get back to Cartman dressing up like a robot and [screwing] with Butters, because to me that’s the bread and butter of ‘South Park’: kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous, but not ‘did you see what Trump did last night?’ Because I don’t give a … anymore,” Parker told the Los Angeles Times in a June 30 interview.
Back in May, Parker told Bill Simmons on his podcast that parodying a person like President Trump is no simple task.
Simmons asked Parker if he ever recalled a person who “almost couldn’t be parodied because he was a parody.”
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