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Cdn. show hits Comedy Central thanks to South Park creators

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2007 | 9:14 AM ET

The current kings of juvenile humour on Comedy Central, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are helping to bring a Canadian series of silly competitions to the New York-based cable TV channel.

Comedy Central has acquired rights to the series, Kenny vs. Spenny, and fans Parker and Stone agreed to help produce new episodes.

The series, which has aired on CBC and Showcase in Canada, essentially consists of two friends, Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice, who engage in all manner of ridiculous competitions for bragging rights.

Some of the challenges: Who can stay naked the longest? Who can sell more Bibles? Who do gay guys like more? Who can wear a dead octopus on their heads the longest?

An episode about which man could stay awake the longest — Spenny ate health food for help, Kenny (the winner) kept gobbling caffeine — caught Parker and Stone's eyes as they were pulling all-nighters to finish the movie Team America: World Police.

"It touched our hearts because we had just gone through that," Stone said Thursday.

Parker and Stone essentially gave Hotz and Rice advice on which ideas would work best and are lending their comedy cachet.

"I'd like to make a joke about how we made them understand the differences between the Canadian and American senses of humour, but it was really just letting them make their own show," Stone said. 

The two buddies can't stand to lose to each other, no matter what the competition, and many guys will see themselves in it, he said.

"It's what guys do," he said. "Guys will sit around and ask, 'can you throw that beer can into the waste basket?' and before you know it they've created an intricate competition."

Comedy Central has agreed to make 10 new episodes of the series and acquired 10 old ones. It will premiere Nov. 14. 

Meanwhile, Parker and Stone are at work making another season of South Park. One new episode to look forward to: Cartman pretending he has Tourette's syndrome. 

"That one seems so natural," Stone said, "we wondered why we hadn't thought of it before."

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