Kristen Schaal opens up about why she was fired from ‘South Park’ after only one month


HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 19:  Actress Kristen Schaal attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics'

Kristen Schaal attends a 2019 movie premiere in Hollywood. The actress just lately revealed that she was fired from South Park after one month. (Picture by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Photos)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone will not be leaving the quiet mountain city of South Park, Colorado anytime quickly. Viacom simply signed a brand new $900 million cope with the duo that’ll maintain the long-running animated sequence going till 2027 — 30 years after it first hit the airwaves. Not everybody has been with South Park that lengthy, although: in a brand new interview on The Each day Beast‘s podcast, The Final Snicker, actress and comic Kristen Schaal opens up about her ultra-brief tenure in South Park‘s writers’ room. “I didn’t final lengthy,” the Flight of the Conchords scene-stealer says. “I used to be there for like a month and… I received a warning that I used to be speaking an excessive amount of.”

Schaal joined South Park‘s writing workers in 2007 because the present was heading into its 11th season. It was in the course of a busy interval for her, as Flight of the Conchords had simply premiered on HBO and she or he was additionally performing a one-woman present in Edinburgh, Scotland. “Whereas I used to be there, the South Park staff had seen the Penelope Princess of Pets internet movies that Kurt Braunholer and I had carried out,” Schaal tells The Final Snicker host Matt Wilstein. “And I received requested to be a author on the present. I used to be like, yeah!”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 12:  Writer/creators Trey Parker (L) and Matt Stone speak onstage during the 'South Park' panel at Hulu's TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Hulu)

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at Hulu’s 2014 TCA Presentation in Beverly Hills (Picture by Jesse Grant/Getty Photos for Hulu)

Past being an infinite South Park fan, Schaal additionally had a house state connection to the sequence, having been born and raised in Colorado. However as she explains to Wilstein, that fan enthusiasm labored towards her within the writers’ room. “I used to be pitching an excessive amount of. I’d by no means been in a writers’ room earlier than. So I used to be similar to, let me earn my maintain. I used to be like, ‘How about this? How about this? How about this?’ And that’s not the way it works.”

Schaal additionally says that Season 11’s concentrate on film parodies — episodes from that 12 months spoofed Zack Snyder’s blockbuster 300 alongside different massive movies — left her at an obstacle. “My film information isn’t good. I couldn’t go there, so I simply stored pitching one other factor. So… yeah, they let me go. I might do a writers’ room now… however I used to be too nervous and too excited to be in there.” 

Schaal is currenlty one of the stars of the Disney+ series, 'The Mysterious Benedict Society' (Photo: Diyah Pera / ©Disney+ / courtesy Everett Collection)

Schaal is at present one of many stars of the Disney+ sequence, The Mysterious Benedict Society (Picture: Diyah Pera / ©Disney+ / courtesy Everett Assortment)

South Park‘s loss was Hollywood’s achieve: Schaal has gone on to play memorable roles in motion pictures and exhibits starting from The Muppets and Invoice & Ted Face the Music to The Final Man on Earth and What We Do within the Shadows. She’s at present one of many stars of the Disney+ sequence, The Mysterious Benedict Society alongside Tony Hale. And he or she says issues are “all good” between her and the South Park creators now. 

“Once I received the decision that I’d been let go, it was devastating,” she recollects. “However I keep in mind I talked to James Bobin, the co-creator of Flight of the Conchords, the day I received fired… He gave me good recommendation. He stated, ‘You’re going to get fired, you’re going to get employed, it’s nice.'” A couple of years after that, she crossed paths with Parker and Stone at a Comedy Central award ceremony. “They acknowledged me, and I used to be like ‘Hey dudes, congratulations!’ It was very pleasant. So I all the time root for them. Every thing they do is nice.” Possibly they’ll invite her again to jot down one of many 14 South Park motion pictures they will need to make for Paramount+. 

South Park is at present streaming on HBO Max


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