As co-creator of South Park, one of the most highly rated original series ever to grace Comedy Central, Matt Stone is responsible for one of the most entertaining and gleefully disgusting shows in television history, a cultural phenomenon that has successfully polarized its equally fervent fans and detractors.
Born May 26, 1971, in Houston, TX, Stone moved to Littleton, CO, with his family when he was very young. His father Gerald and his mother Shiela have representations on the show. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder as a math major, and it was there that he met fellow student Trey Parker, with whom he started making a series of crudely animated cartoons. In 1996, Parker and Stone collaborated on their ever first film, Cannibal! The Musical, which caught the attention of FoxLab executive Brian Graden. Graden commissioned them to make a Christmas video card, The Spirit of Christmas, a five-minute cartoon that featured the debut of the four foul-mouthed third graders who would become South Park's stars: fairly normal Stan Marsh, neurotic Kyle Broflovski, perpetually doomed Kenny McCormick, and fat and nasty Eric Cartman. The video -- its language uncensored -- quickly became the talk of Hollywood, and the guilty pleasure of watching four cartoon kids say bad words soon became the privilege of anyone with the cable channel Comedy Central. Debuting August 13, 1997, South Park became both hit and subject of controversy, as it was often invoked as yet another example of the popular-culture depravity corrupting America's children.
However, controversy did not stop the show's rapid ascent to a place of honor in America's pop culture lexicon. Following Orgazmo (1997), the Parker film that Stone produced, and BASEketball (1998), in which he starred with Parker, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut hit movie screens across the country during the summer of 1999. The film became a modest hit, further establishing Stone's reputation as one of Hollywood's most successfully idiosyncratic talents. Matt sometimes goes by the alias, John Smith.