In the most recent episode of Comedy Central’s South Park, former Kingstonian and Queen’s University student Elon Musk (COM’94) was both featured and voiced himself.
Musk appeared in the South Park episode “Members Only” – where Cartman, his girlfriend, and Butters go to SpaceX in hopes of traveling to Mars and are provided with a tour of the facility by Elon.
SpaceX is not the only Musk venture to get mentioned in the segment. Also talked about is his Hyperloop transportation design, and the solar panel roof shingles being developed by SolarCity. The new ‘pizza pocket’ concept he discusses is not likely to go into production.
Although characters based on celebrities are not uncommon on the award winning series, they are typically voiced by one of the creators – Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
In this regard, Musk joins just a few celebs to read their own lines, including television host Jay Leno, The Cure singer Robert Smith, and YouTube star PewDiePie.
This appearance is not the first time Musk has been in front of the camera. In 2015, he appeared as himself in The Big Bang Theory and likewise voiced an animated version of himself in an episode of The Simpsons.
In 2010, the industrialist portrayed himself in Iron Man II, interacting with star Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark – the superhero’s secret identity that Iron Man director Jon Favreau based on Musk.
Elon attended Queen’s University from 1989 to 1991 after emigrating from South Africa to Canada, his mother’s homeland.
In the 2013 Queen’s Alumni Review article “Rocket man“, he recalled his years studying in Kingston “with fondness and a light-hearted sense of cheer”.
Musk also said “one particular thing that I learned at Queen’s – both from faculty and students – was how to work collaboratively with smart people and make use of the Socratic method to achieve commonality of purpose.”
That skill has no doubt served him well as co-founder of PayPal, which was later sold to eBay; the aerospace manufacturer and space transport service, SpaceX; electric vehicle producer Tesla Motors; and more recently SolarCity, which was founded by his cousins (with Musk as Chairman) and acquired by Tesla this past summer.
The full episode of “Members Only” can be viewed online in Canada at MUCH – Elon Musk segment is at the 16:10 mark and again at 18:45 (all commercials up to that point must be viewed) – and in the U.S. on Comedy Central (or just watch the Musk segment).
* Hopefully the South Park Studios will soon upload Elon’s scenes to its Youtube channel.
Image source: Comedy Central