Remember that time Johnny Depp came to your elementary school dressed as a pirate? Or when Larry David made fun of that annoying dude who sits behind you in lecture? Yeah, we don’t either, but sometimes these things actually happen. Recently, Matt Stone and Trey Parker shocked some NYU freshmen with a guest lecture on South Park‘s storytelling strategies — on the first day of class, no less. Watch videos of these celebrities, and many more, crashing classes (and football practice) after the jump.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, New York University
Earlier this month, Trey Parker and a “nervous” Matt Stone took a break from swimming in The Book of Mormon Tonys to lend their award-winning advice to a lucky batch of NYU Tisch School of the Arts students. The pair’s lecture is fast-paced and witty with some token explicit content, not unlike a South Park episode, providing step-by-step instructions on how to write a successful storyline.
Larry David, UCLA
In this clip of Larry David gracing a UCLA class with his one-of-a-kind presence, the comedian doesn’t do much lecturing. Instead, he begrudgingly donates his infamous Toyota Prius to his wife’s cause and mocks a student who drives a truck. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jon Stewart, New York University
Jaws dropped as Jon Stewart and his trusty pipe took an NYU media class by storm. Like Matt Stone, this TV legend is unexpectedly nervous to teach a class, insisting, “Watch me burn!” Naturally, Stewart shines at the professor’s podium, but he should probably try not to make young girls sob.
Natalie Portman, Columbia University
We’ll admit, we’re a little bummed that Natalie Portman didn’t break into a rap about how she “cheated every test” and partook in questionable activities during her time at Harvard when America’s sweetheart dazzled Columbia students with a 2006 surprise classroom visit. Check out the Oscar-winner’s thoughts on politics and terrorism in Hollywood as her fellow Ivy Leaguers try unsuccessfully to suppress their shock.
Johnny Depp, Meridian Primary School in London
Let’s take a break from college and rewind to a simpler, magical age. An age of dress up, make believe, and casual elementary school visits from a swashbuckling Johnny Depp. That is, if you write to Captain Jack Sparrow and bribe him with plentiful rum. Why didn’t we think of that?
Marilyn Manson, Temple University
Students in an Art in Society class at Temple University were expecting a quiz, but instead they were served a surprise visit from Marilyn Manson. We can’t decide which would make us more nervous. Enjoy as Manson and his bottle of absinthe lead the class in a discussion of creativity, religion, and censorship.
Snoop Dogg, USC
One episode of mtvU Stand In paired Snoop Dogg with the USC football team, a match made in MTV heaven. After some inspirational words to get the team pumped up for practice, Snoop is challenged to a freestyle battle by a freshman cornerback. He accepts, chaos ensues, mtvU documents.
Andy Samberg (Ras Trent), New York University
Kids in yet another unsuspecting NYU class received some comic relief via Tisch alum Andy Samberg, who crashed a lecture to film scenes for a lesser known SNL Digital Short, “Ras Trent.” A dreadlocked Samberg is featured as a wannabe-Rastafarian chronicling the struggles of a mainstream lifestyle — y’know, college, part-time jobs at Coldstone Creamery, Murder She Wrote. Those kinds of things.
George Clinton, Berklee College of Music
Here we find a dazed George Clinton wandering into a class of musicians, noting, “I don’t know what I’m doing here, but I’m here!” We don’t expect you to know where you are anymore, Mr. Clinton — just keep on wanting the funk and students like Berklee’s will gladly give it up.
Sexy Sax Man, Citrus College
After trying his luck at a food court and a department store, viral video sensation Sexy Sax Man took his “Careless Whisper” riff to a biology class at Citrus College (at the 2:05 mark). The mullet-sporting fellow is unique to this list in that he’s given a kind, “Please leave my classroom” rather than an invitation to educate, but that’s okay — those kids still got schooled.