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Bigger, Longer & Lear

''All in the Family'''s creator joins ''South Park.'' Norman Lear joins forces with Matt Stone and Trey Parker

South Park | 'FAMILY' FRIENDS ''South Park'''s creators and Lear collaborate on story ideas for Cartman and other characters
'FAMILY' FRIENDS ''South Park'''s creators and Lear collaborate on story ideas for Cartman and other characters

Cartman, meet...Archie Bunker? ''All in the Family'' creator Norman Lear, 80, has forged an unholy comedic alliance with ''South Park'' overlords Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Noting that ''I love outrage, and they're all about outrage,'' the TV legend became friendly with the pair after several encounters, including a panel discussion at last year's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen (''We had a fun time ganging up on Oliver Stone and telling him to f--- off on stage,'' shares Matt Stone). Last month, Lear attended a ''South Park'' writers' retreat and helped brainstorm ideas for the upcoming season. ''We're always interrupting each other, but when Norman talked, it was like, 'Shhhh...you don't want to miss a word,''' says Stone. Lear is now collaborating on at least one episode (which involves a comatose Cartman meeting the Founding Fathers). Would he do more with the duo? ''Oh, sure,'' he says. ''Maybe I'll go to work for 'South Park' -- another career.'' Sweet!

Originally posted Mar 13, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints