Weird Oscar: The Strangest Moments at Hollywood's Biggest Night

The Academy Awards offer a huge, guaranteed audience of both industry and civilian fans. That makes it a unique opportunity for stars and non-stars alike to act out with the assurance that someone, somewhere will be paying attention to them.

And this has happened a lot.

As we approach the 87th Academy Awards, let’s take a look back at some of the strangest moments to grace Oscar night.

South Park Misses First Deadline in 16 Years Due to Power Outage, Forced to Air Rerun

Sixteen years of doing everything at the last minute finally caught up with the South Park guys this week.

To stay current, Trey Parker and Matt Stone famously wait until six days before each new show to begin working on it. But that tight deadline turned into an impossible one this week, as work ground to a halt during a three-hour power outage Tuesday at South Park Studios in Los Angeles.

For the first time since it premiered in 1997, the show missed its deadline and was forced to air a rerun Wednesday night.

Book of Mormon Sweeps Tony Awards – No Surprise

Broadway got religious Sunday night – make that sacrilegious – with the wildly irreverent The Book of Mormon dominating the 65th annual Tony Awards, as expected.

“This is such a waste of time,” said Chris Rock as he was about to open the envelope, “like taking a hooker to dinner.”

South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker Conquer Broadway

When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker decided to try their hand at writing a Broadway show, The Book of Mormon, there were some inherent concerns about how the irreverent duo’s talents would translate to the sophisticated New York theater crowd.

“That was the big question: are the grey hairs gonna come and are the South Park people going to come to something they can’t afford?” says Stone. “But I’ve seen some really old people in their laughing their asses off!”

"South Park" Creators Seek Job

“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have applied to become co-presidents of Comedy Central, reports Variety. The two pals want to replace the cable channel’s current president, Doug Herzog, who will become Fox’s president of entertainment in January, said a source close to Comedy Central. The duo even went so far as to fly to New York to lobby MTV networks chairman Tom Freston for the job. Freston oversees Viacom’s 50% interest in Comedy Central, while HBO chairman Jeff Bewkes looks after Time Warner’s half-interest in the cable channel. (Time Warner owns PEOPLE.)

Stone, Parker: Art Imitates Life

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the irreverent cartoon series “South Park,” got the green light from Comedy Central to produce a new series with a political twist, reports Variety. The show, “Family First,” an offbeat political comedy series featuring live actors, has been picked up for 10 episodes. The lead character will be the President of the United States – but we won’t find out until Election Day who will get the nod to play Bush or Gore.