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Wicked(1) Real men love Broadway. When Randy gets the inside scoop on why men everywhere are taking their wives to see musicals (it's called subtext), he becomes a superfan, and Sharon is so pleased with his newfound appreciation for theatre that she repays him. Handsomely. | Episode #220: Broadway Bro Down (Season 15, Episode 11)

(2) Before Glee, show choirs saved the world, not just FOX's ratings. The South Park kids are on their way to Costa Rica to help save the environment. While Kyle struggles with proving Cartman's stereotype that Jews have no rhythm, the kids try desperately to escape the hell that is the tropical rainforest. | Episode #32: Rainforest Shmainforest (Season 3, Episode 1)

(3) Carlos Mencia recycles. It figures that the one person who doesn't get the hilarious new "fishsticks" joke is Kanye West, but when Carlos Mencia repackages it and claims that he thought of it, he gets himself into a mess with the confused but stubborn rapper. | Episode #186: Fishsticks (Season 13, Episode 5)

(4) Tyler Perry is a money magnet, and no one knows why. While Jimmy spearheads an award show for comedy (?), Tyler Perry drops in to capitalize on all the hype. And even though he only gets Token to laugh, he still rakes in some serious dough. | Episode #211: Funnybot (Season 15, Episode 2)

Cirque(5) Cirque is harder than it looks. Driven by money and an instant attraction to the amazing, contorting Romanian quintuplets they saw in Cirque Du Cheville, the boys try to form their own show. They'd be perfect if they could just get Kenny to learn how to sing. | Episode #52: Quintuplets 2000 (Season 4, Episode 4)

(6) Tap dance at your own risk. When the dance troupe craze hits South Park and Stan is compelled to avenge his father's defeat, he looks all over town for dancers to round out his group. But can the state tap champion get over the haunting memories of his tragic past in time to lead them to victory? Oh, hamburgers... | Episode #115: You Got F'd in the A (Season 8, Episode 4)

(7) True directors believe in their work, mmmkay? An elementary school actor's nightmare, Mr. Mackey won't let flat singing or empty acting ruin his story about the importance of fighting tooth decay. Not after that bastard tragically claimed his father's life. | Episode #212: Royal Pudding (Season 15, Episode 3)

(8) Every acting job has its risks. When Stan's parents hire a man to pretend to be Stan's down-and-out future self in order to keep him away from drugs, they totally commit to the lie, even when Stan feigns cutting his hand off to see if the time traveler is for real. He probably should have made sure his contract included coverage in case of dismemberment. | Episode #95: My Future Self n' Me (Season 6, Episode 16)

WTF(9) All the world's a stage. After the boys realize what kind of lame wrestling their school offers, they decide to live out their pro wrestling dreams on their own. And, like their heroes from the big leagues, they eventually attract a huge crowd of cultured fans whose necks are as red as their wine. | Episode #191: W.T.F. (Season 13, Episode 10)

(10) You can't please everybody. The town is outraged when the school tries to stage a Christmas show, and thanks chiefly to Kyle's mom (who Cartman has some choice musical words for), they end up inviting modern minimalist composer Philip Glass to write a new one. And while it's not religiously offensive to any one group anymore, it does suck pretty hard. | Episode #9: Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (Season 1, Episode 9)

(11) Stage fright happens to the best of them. Jimmy is the best stand-up comedian in South Park, but even he gets nervous at the thought of performing in the school talent show. All he needs to quiet his *excitement* is a little help from a certain lady of the night, or so he thinks. | Episode #132: Erection Day (Season 9, Episode 7)

Butt Out(12) Every actor has to start somewhere. The epitome of an important yet unbearably cheesy school assembly, the performance of the young singing/dancing/rapping (yes, rapping) actors of the anti-smoking show "Butt Out!" is cringe-worthy. | Episode #109: Butt Out! (Season 7, Episode 13)

(13) The variety show is a lost art. Mr. Mackey's rendition of "Carol of the Bells," Cartman's half-memorized version of "O Holy Night," a song-for-song battle between Santa and Jesus, and a thrilling round of "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" by the Broflovski family (featuring Eric Cartman) remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. | Episode #46: Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (Season 3, Episode 15)

(14) Art imitates life imitating art, or something. South Park is not immune to the High School Musical craze, and in the flurry of impromptu musical numbers and elaborate school-wide choreography, popular third grader Bridon Gueermo finds himself battling with his abusive father for the right to follow his true passion. Also, Kyle's hair--priceless. | Episode #180: Elementary School Musical (Season 12, Episode 13)

Canadian Hamlet(15) Shakespeare is a little different in Canada... When the boys are compelled to get comedy stars Terrance and Philip to perform at an Earth Day benefit, they track down Philip doing Hamlet the Canadian way, with choppy, abrupt line readings and heads shaped like garbage cans. | Episode #70: Terrance and Philip: Behind the Blow (Season 5, Episode 5)

(16) A little charisma can earn a lot of money. Cartman has shown time and time again that he has a flair for the dramatic, and when he puts that to use by becoming a money-grubbing evangelical preacher, Sister Anne asks Jesus to visit the boys and set them straight. | Episode #58: Probably (Season 4, Episode 11)

(17) Psychics and mediums put on quite a show. After Cartman mistakes Kenny's ashes for chocolate milk mix, Chef and the boys try to find a way to get Kenny's soul out of his body. Unfortunately, the entertaining John Edward proves to be much less helpful than they had hoped. | Episode #94: The Biggest Douche in the Universe (Season 6, Episode 15)

(18) Donny and Marie aren't the only Mormons who can rock Broadway. Inspired by the South Park boys' encounter with the traditions and beliefs of their new Mormon neighbors, the megahit, Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon proves just how powerful such stories can be. | Episode #108: All About Mormons (Season 7, Episode 12)

(19) No one likes a diva turkey. When the kids revamp their production of The Miracle Worker to compete with the kindergarteners, they meet some interesting showbiz types, including a melodramatic former Jean Valjean and Alinicia, a turkey with very specific demands. | Episode #61: Helen Keller! The Musical (Season 4, Episode 13)

Watch all of these classic moments and find your own to add to the list at South Park's official website.


Check out the rest of the series:


What South Park Has Taught Us About Music


What South Park Has Taught Us About Sports


What South Park Has Taught Us About Theatre



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