I posted this clip to my youtube account a few weeks ago and subsequently forgot to post it here. Here’s the description I wrote for it:
“I noticed this weirdly predictive MST3K quip the other day. It comes from a 1991 episode – “Fugitive Alien,” and consists of a now familiar death / kenny / those bastards sequence. Struck me as weird since South Park premiered in 1997. No idea if Trey Parker & Matt stone have ever discussed the source of the recurring catchphrase — and this probably isn’t it — but it seemed oddly coincidental.”
Someone in the comments has already accused me of dubbing in the ‘bastards’ bit myself, but I assure you it’s unaltered.