Growing up as a teenager in the late 90s and early 2000s, it was quite apparent that South Park ruled television and continues to, as they are entering what is close to becoming their 30th season in a few years. But back in the early 90s, the South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were on a constant grind to try to make it in the entertainment industry.

But it wasn’t just them, as a small group of friends from the University of Colorado in Boulder had also been on the grind for quite some time with them. Jason McHugh is one of those friends and is a guy who has been very active in the entertainment industry since graduating with the South Park creators. But his accomplishments go beyond his likeness in the cartoon and start back to when they first exited college.

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The first major project that they worked on together was a cult classic called Cannibal! The Musical. It’s loosely based on Alfred Packer, who in the 1800s, got his team lost in the Rocky Mountains in the middle of winter and was forced to live off their bodies before emerging from the woods two months later.

We recently passed the 150th anniversary of getting his team lost and it was a perfect time to reach out to Jason. Jason is also the author of the book Shpadoinkle: The Making of Cannibal! The Musical. With every passing year this cult classic is becoming more and more popular.

Shortly after doing Cannibal! The Musical, they had pivoted and landed a two-pilot deal with Fox for a similar type of show that takes place throughout history called Time Warped: In Color. They then moved on to a film called Orgazmo, a story about a crime-fighting Mormon, who is also an action porno star. Trust me, just watch it, it’s incredible.

But it was during this time making the film that they found out that South Park was being picked up for six episodes on television. A lot was going on in their lives at the time, but Jason has always been able to do what he loves for a living, eventually producing a National Lampoon movie, called Electric Apricot, The Quest for Festeroo, written and directed by Les Claypool of Primus.

Jason now owns a company called Califari Studios, which, as they describe, “stands at the crossroads of creativity in cannabis innovation." They have created a global artist network, and some of Jason‘s canvases are in the West Michigan Cannabis Guild in Kalamazoo.

Fans of the show South Park may remember the Casa Bonita episode. Parker & Stone recently acquired the restaurant, and Jason and his company did a lot of artwork for them for the new launch. Enjoy our interview below, which goes through Jason‘s entire career and future projects.

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