South Park has been around for 17 years, a feat no doubt in part thanks to the show’s unique ability to remain fresh and relevant with each season. It’s tapped into the zeitgeist year after year by making fun of celebrities and pop culture references, almost always making them even better. When Kayne needs to come down a peg, Matt Stone and Trey Parker can write it in; the same goes for dozens more celebs. Here’s some of our favorite cameos from the show, for better (for us the viewers) and for worse (for…Elton John, and a few others):
‘South Park’ changed these stars … for better or worse
George ClooneyGeorge Clooney happened upon an early tape from Matt Stone and Trey Parker. He liked the tape so much he lent his voice to the pair for their pilot episode. He plays a dog. Who barks twice. Yes you read that right: George Clooney made barking noises, twice. He then went on to play a doctor named "Dr. Doctor" in the show and also makes an appearance in the South Park movie.
RadioheadThe band Radiohead —you may have heard of them? — had an entire story arc written around their Season 5 appearance where they hung out with a character named Scott Tenorman. Without giving anything away, they really "meat" Scott's parents. Wait, that gave away with the entire episode. Lo siento.
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Malcolm McDowellThe British actor is perhaps best known for his iconic role in A Clockwork Orange. And for this slightly NSFW one-liner in the South Park episode "Pip" which still gets a laugh to this day. Oh, the British.
Bill HaderFun fact: The former SNL funnyman (again, we are legally required to call him that) used to write for South Park. The noted impressionist voiced several characters on the show, including a memorable Alec Baldwin impression that angered quite a few people. But that's OK. Bill probably didn't worry about it too much. Oh, wait, he did worry about it, a lot? Wow.
Barbara StreisandSouth Park has done many things to Ms. Streisand, but most notably, they've turned her into a Godzilla-esque robot monster who terrorizes the town on multiple occasions. And here we were thinking she was just a singer. Thank you, South Park, for alerting us to Streisand's true form.
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KornRemember that band from the '90s that wore baggy pants, had embarrassing white-guy dreadlocks and went by names such as "Munky" and "Head?" They were on an episode one time. Yeah, not much to write home about.
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LordeThe 17 year-old New Zealand songstress may or may not actually be 45 year-old Randy Marsh, the father of Stan. In a recent South Park episode, the truth was revealed. Ya ya ya.
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Elton JohnElton appears at a Hooters franchise, wearing what appears to be a Detroit Red Wings jersey, chowing down on wings and throwing back beer. We wish he'd do more of that, quite frankly.
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George Lucas and Steven SpielbergThese two revered movie directors do something particularly unsettling, making even die-hard South Park fans squirm. But movie lovers rejoice? On one hand, George Lucas gets rightfully made fun of. On the other, there's a pretty dark rape scene. This was a rather divisive episode, to say the least.
Kanye WestHow could we not include Kanye on this list? Kanye is lampooned as an egocentric (yet talented) brat who doesn't quite get jokes about him. Which isn't too much of a stretch from Kanye's public perception in the first place. West went so far as to include the "fishsticks" joke about him in on his track "Gorgeous."
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