'Book of Mormon': Matt Stone and Trey Parker share their favorite musicals -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Book of Mormon officially opens tonight at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre. But co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (who wrote the musical, along with Avenue Q‘s Robert Lopez) have long histories with musical theater — going all the way back to Parker’s high school days in a questionable production of The Flower Drum Song. In the somewhat NSFW video below, the South Park pair talk about their favorite musicals, their most nerve-wracking Mormon moments, and why they aren’t surprised by the lack of controversy surrounding their dirty-mouthed show about one of America’s most controversial religious groups. Check out the full interview after the jump!

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  • Davis

    These two d-bags are not funny in the least anymore. Has beens that have to use shock value to draw a crowd.

    • max

      wow, a d-bag calling the bidet black. yea i guess nothing they’ve done in the last decade stands up to two and a half men. i must have been hallucinating when i saw the funniest musical of all time because i hadn’t properly d-bagged my brain. i’ll meet you before i go again.

      • LW6776

        haha i love you

    • TubaGeek

      Have you not read the reviews? Yes, it has shock value, but it has everythign else (story, characters, performers, choreography, score…) going for it too.

    • Jared

      I thought you mormans were supposed to be nicer. These guys have accomplished more in their left nut than you will with the rest of your life. who’s the real d bag here the creative genius’s of a multimillion dollar company or the d bag morman (you) who hasn’t seen it and likes to spam websites with useless hate

  • Tyler

    Here is the Church’s statement regarding the “Book of Mormon” musical:

    “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”

    By and large, (we)Mormons have a pretty good sense of humor and aren’t bothered by what these guys do. Plus, it’s hard to get mad at the guys that made “Team America: World Police.”

    If you are Mormon and can’t handle being parodied or being made fun of for your beliefs, you are probably in the wrong religion.

    • To Tyler

      I’m glad you put in the church’s official quote but you still sound like an idiot trying to fit in. You are obviously more concerned with what people think about you then concerned with focusing on what’s good and virtuous.

    • Greyn

      Ironically you say that the book of Mormon the Musical and Team America are comic gold but you guys are still offended by caffeine and tobacco.

  • Shakespeare

    I find these guys to be really funny, but it is very easy to get a laugh poking at ones religious believes, it is much harder to get a laugh going the other route of tame and considerate, but far superior to trash humor.

    • Ian

      Just because it pokes fun at religion, doesn’t mean it’s trash humor. ALL humor pokes fun at something in some way. Of course it’s hard to get a laugh when being tame and considerate. Being tame is rarely funny, unless you find borefests like Jay Leno and According to Jim funny. There’s a reason very few people could rise to the level of a comic like Bill Hicks, and nobody will do it being tame and considerate. Tame is for grandmas, not real comedy fans.

  • gink

    Saw it last weekend, the show is utterly hilarious, the audience ate it up. Dying to see it again.

  • Feather

    One might consider a Broadway musical clever if it was a parody on Islam. Would these two have the balls to do that? Absolutely not! Bullies take on something that they know they can.

    • remy

      I actually agree with this – if they were trying to be as edgy and funny as they say they still are they would have taken on Islam or Scientology but I’m sure they were too afraid to take on either. I grew up in Utah and couldn’t give a crap about Mormonism (I grew up Mormon so save your comments about my “judgmental” attitude) so I don’t say this because I think they’re being mean to Mormons…I just think they could have been a little more daring and subversive choosing their subject matter, as they always claim they are.

    • max

      they did take on islam, and there were attempts on their life for depicting the prophet muhammad. if you read a little more about the show, or better yet see it, it is not at all a takedown of mormons, but is in fact a celebration of the general function of faith if suspended disbelief makes you a better person. it is far less offensive than the average episode of south park, but religion is always a touchy subject. Carlos Mencia did not harvest other people’s terrible jokes in its making, it is a class production.

      • remy

        Actually, I’ve watched every episode of South Park and can’t wait for the new season starting next month. I think their treatment of all religions is hilarious. My point is why make a broadway show based on the Mormons? They’re boring and an easy target because they don’t react the same way Scientology and Islam does. They’re being safe. They want to skewer a religion but they chose the safest one.

    • Skip182

      They’ve made fun of islam plenty and even recieved death threats for it. The reason they chose to do this about mormons is because they grew up around that lifestyle, so it makes sense to write about what you know. Maybe before commenting, you should ask yourself “do I have any clue what I’m posting about?” If the answer is no, then maybe you shouldn’t post. Just say’n.

  • remy

    If they were trying to be as edgy and funny as they say they still are they would have taken on Islam or Scientology but I’m sure they were too afraid to take on either. I grew up in Utah and couldn’t give a crap about Mormonism (I grew up Mormon so save your comments about my “judgmental” attitude) so I don’t say this because I think they’re being mean to Mormons…I just think they could have been a little more daring and subversive choosing their subject matter, as they always claim they are.

    • Eli

      They already HAVE taken on Islam and Scientology.

      It made headlines. They won an Emmy.

      They told everybody all the stages of Scientology and all the beliefs when few outside knew.

      Their Mohammad depiction garnered them many death threats.

      Seriously, it was all over the news.

      • Feather

        We know they did that but it wasn’t as involved as a Broadway show. This is much more disrepectful to a group that they know they can get away with it. No death threats. Besides what does it matter that it won an Emmy? That pretty much subjective too, just like this discussion.

      • remy

        Like I said above, I’ve seen every episode of South Park, I’m fully aware of the FAMOUS Scientology episode and watched it when it first aired, as well as the Mohammad episode. I even saw the Mormon one! My point is why make a broadway show based on the Mormons? They’re boring and an easy target because they don’t react the same way Scientology and Islam does. They’re being safe. They want to skewer a religion but they chose the safest one.

      • max

        #1 it’s a broadway show, an entertainment. they are not trying to provoke an international incident, and it is not an attack on the mormon church.

        #2 parker and stone have repeatedly stated that they have been fascinated by mormons since they were kids in colorado, and that is reflected in the many mormon references throughout their work. This is familiar territory.

        #3 A Mormon has a realistic shot at a presidential election, the religion has reached a level of public visibility that must also accept the gauntlet of criticism and parody in the common education of society.

        #4 They had a funny idea and followed it through to completion. That is no joke of a task!

      • Matthard

        Remy… You really need to do a tad bit of research before you go clumping about on the Internet, making un-informed comments. The South Park Scientology episode is one of their best. Issac Hayes, who played “Chef”, a main character, actually quit the show because of that episode. He is a Scientologiest. What makes these two brilliant is that they will find humor in anything. Islam, Christianity, Republican, Democrat. They have no boundary that is off limits. When you are in comedy, you cannot pick and choose what to laugh at because pretty soon, you’ll run out of subject to laugh at. This is why mainstream television is being shadowed by computer entertainment. In 20 years, there will probably be no television because it’s too safe. It’s sole purpose is to sell you insurance and RX drugs. The best source of comedy is people or organizations who take themselves seriously, and these people are the true definition of “No sense of humor.” If you think ANYTHING is too serious to make fun of, you have no sense of humor. Period. Which is fine if you are a Senator or CPA, but not if you are in the business of creating humor.

  • Jimmers

    From what I’ve heard it’s less about actual mormons than it is a skewering of religion in general, just using mormons as the template, but at the same time it celebrates religion. If it’s successful I hope it goes on the road, would love to see it.

    • Feather

      Pray tell how it celebrates religion if it’s skewering it as you put it?

      • Rebec

        Watch “All About Mormon”. It might mock the origins of Mormanism but it ends on a note that puts the religion in a positive light.

      • Ian

        @ Feather — The same way The Naked Gun skewers cop movies/TV shows, and also celebrates them. The way Shaun of the Dead skewers zombie flicks, while also honoring and celebrating them….

      • Matthard

        There is a South Park episode where a new family moves into town, and they are Mormons. Their children, who are home schooled, are harrassed by the other kids, and made fun of. At the end of the episode, the home schooled Mormon kid loses his temper finally, and lets the other kids have it. This teaches the other kids to respect Mormons, because while they may seem alien and ridiculous to some, at least they have values and consistently try to do the right thing. They don’t lie, cheat, steal, etc, and this is to be respected. Then the episode ends. So with their making fun, they also educate in their own way. There is also another episode where hundreds of people are standing at the gates of hell, and there is a sort of “cruise director” who is guiding them through the whole process. They all thought they would make it into heaven, and now are obviously disappointed. He is rambling about this and that with his clip board, and then he says, “Just so everyone knows, the True religion is… The Mormon religion.” and at this revelation the entire group does a collective sigh, as if they all lost a lottery or something. Very funny stuff, considering most people in most religions are not 100% sure they are going to make it into their version of the promised land, nor should they be sure if they are true believers. The bible says not to boast about being saved, because only after death will one know if they are truly saved or not. Anyone who cannot laugh at themselves is taking themselves too seriously.

  • Pittner

    Wow, I didn’t expect to see all these idiotic comments about them being afraid of Islam or them not being funny. These are obviously people who really don’t know what the heck they are talking about. I’m really looking forward to seeing The Book of Mormon like I do with everything else they do.

    • Feather

      Love your “tolerant” remarks about people being “idiots” with their comments. Remember, this is a discussion, that’s all. Lighten up.

      • Skip182

        If they’re making comments ignoring the reality of the situation, then he has every right to call them idiots. If they’re ignorant of a situation and choose to flap their mouths about it, then they should be prepared to be called out on that idiocy.

  • Abbey

    I like how most people complaining about the show haven’t actually seen it. From what I’ve heard from people who have seen it, it obviously pokes fun at different aspects of religion but ultimately celebrates the comfort and hope it provides for people.

  • bpp

    Me and my dad, my seven moms, and 23 brothers and sisters can’t wait until it comes to Salt Lake City!

    • Matthard

      And on a related by different note… Big Love killed Bill???? WTF??? Does this mean the show is over? Am I not going to be able to sit down and watch this poor guy with 3 wives and all the problems that come with them on Sunday and feel better because I only have one!???

    • JP

      Lol…although Mormons don’t actually have multiple wives

  • terri

    As someome who is terribly fed up with those U.S. Mormon missionaries who come to Canada to display racism and look down on our relatively few disadvantaged (as compared to the U.S.)I am a little skeptical of this play. Hopefully the bad apples I have seen are the exception and not the rule.

  • jj

    mormonism… the religion with one too many letters…

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