Sometimes, all you can do it scratch your head and say ‘How’d they do that?’
This past week in the season finale, Comedy Central’s “South Park” made fun of the presidential election (along with China, Disney and Star Wars). The episode centered on President Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney.
Wait. The election was Tuesday night. “South Park” aired Wednesday night.
How’d they do that?
Creators Matt Stone, Trey Parker and the rest of their team flat-out hustled. They made sure to produce a super-relevant episode that was ‘in the moment.’ They use this uber-quick formula constantly; just watch their documentary ‘6 Days to Air.’
While “South Park” is hilarious comedy, the show also demonstrates how a strong work ethic can take you to the next level.
That’s right. Lewd and crude “South Park” is about to make you better at your job.
“South Park” just wrapped up its 16th season, and while its characters — like Stan, Cartman, Kyle and even Stan’s dad Randy — have become iconic, the show has remained popular largely because it’s always relevant.
No matter what it takes, Matt and Trey are determined to produce episodes that are ripped from the recent headlines.
A few examples:
Sarcastaball: focusing on concussions in football, a hot topic among NFL fans
Royal Pudding: spoof of the Canadian Royal Wedding right after the marriage of William and Kate
It’s a Jersey Thing: making fun of Snooki and ‘Jersey Shore’ when the show had reached its peak
It’s not easy to make a 30-minute episode that’s right in stride with current events, but the strategy has made “South Park” an indispensable part of our culture since it first aired in 1997.
Here’s why working fast matters:
- you provide people with what they need when they need it
- people come to rely on you to get the job done first
- you develop a reputation as someone who always delivers
Same goes for you. If a boss or client needs you to come through on a project, you should do it quickly. That doesn’t mean work for 24 straight hours like Matt and Trey probably did to make Wednesday’s election episode possible. And you also shouldn’t sacrifice quality by going too fast.
It means work at a brisk pace, and stay on the grind until the task is done.
Being prompt pays dividends:
- it helps you move up the ladder
- gain more responsibility
- win over new fans
And pretty soon, you become known as the guy/girl who gets things done. And that’s a very good place to be.
What did everyone think of this past season of “South Park”? So-so, solid or spectacular? Favorite episode?
November 8, 2012
Newspaper headlines were basically Twitter before social media even existed.
November 15, 2012
Drum roll please...