Amid the constantly evolving TV landscape (late night host shake-up, no more Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Key & Peele series finale), South Park has become a beacon of familiarity, reliability, and – most of all — hilarity. Season after season, Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Butters and Kenny crack us up with their twisted humor and side-splitting satires of cultural topics. It’s been a year since viewers got to feast their eyes on new episodes, but the wait is over – all your favorite South Park characters are back this fall for a brand new season.
South Park Season 19 premieres on September 16 at 10pm ET on Comedy Central, and in anticipation of the show’s return we’re going back in time to revisit some of our favorite South Park cameos by musicians. Over the years South Park has transformed dozens of musicians into animated caricatures of themselves, and the results are always hilarious – here are a few of our favorites from seasons past.
10. Alanis Morissette
Season 2, Episode 27 – “Chef Aid”
Alanis Morissette steals a song originally written by Chef in this hilarious episode that also features Rancid, Devo, DMX, Ozzy Ozbourne, and many others.
Season 3, Episode 10 – “Korns Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery”
The alt-metal pioneers teach the citizens of South Park a lesson in this unforgettable Halloween episode.
Season 5, Episode 4 – “Scott Tenorman Must Die”
Cartman uses Radiohead to get back at Scott Tenorman in this utterly twisted episode (Chili Con Carnival, anyone?), but — as usual — it backfires.
7. Fleetwood Mac
Season 5, Episode 9 – “Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants”
In typical South Park fashion, Stevie Nicks gets completely skewered in this Season 5 favorite.
Season 7, Episode 9 – “Christian Rock Hard”
The metal pioneers make a cameo in this episode satirizing the RIAA’s fight against music piracy.
5. Jonas Brothers
Season 13, Episode 1 – “The Ring”
The sibling trio’s endorsement of purity rings becomes the bane of Kenny’s existence in this Season 13 throwback.
4. Brad Paisley
Season 16, Episode 7 – “Cartman Finds Love”
The country crooner emerges surprisingly unscathed as Kyle and a date watch him open a Denver Nuggets game with the national anthem.
3. Van Halen
Season 17, Episode 6 – “Ginger Cow”
Religious devotees of all faiths rock out with Van Halen as they celebrate world peace. Oh, the irony.
2. Kanye West
Season 17, Episode 10 – “The Hobbit”
In this hilarious send-up of of his infamous MTV VMA rant, Kanye storms the stage at Time’s Person of the Year Awards to defend his then fiancé Kim Kardashian.
Season 18, Episode 3 – “The Cissy”
This episode from last season contained a shocking revelation: Stan’s dad Randy Marsh is, in fact, pop sensation Lorde.
Tune in to the South Park Season 19 premiere on September 16 (or whenever you can on demand), and if you just can’t get enough of the off-color comedy, don’t miss series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s hilarious Broadway smash hit The Book of Mormon on tour in select US cities this fall and winter. The award-winning production is a collaboration with Robert Lopez, co-writer of favorites like Avenue Q and Frozen, and has been hailed as one of the funniest shows in Broadway history.