See also: 1999 New Year's Countdown and 2000 New Year's Countdown

The 1998 New Year's Countdown is a short skit created for Comedy Central featuring the South Park characters counting down to the New Year.

Characters that were seen include Jimbo Kern, Ned Gerblansky, Mr. Garrison, Officer Barbrady, Starvin' Marvin, Kyle, Ike, Stan, Jesus, and Cartman. After the countdown, the number 7 falls and kills Kenny.

This short came out at the 31st of December 1997 at 11:59:49 EDT possibly after "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo"


  • This is the first New Year's countdown produced for Comedy Central. Two more were made for 1999 and 2000.

Kenny's Death

  • Once the new year begins, a large "8" swoops in, making the "7" fall on and kill Kenny McCormick.




  • Stan Marsh
  • Eric Cartman
  • Kenny McCormick
  • Kyle Broflovski
  • Jimbo Kern
  • Starvin' Marvin
  • Officer Barbrady
  • Herbert Garrison
  • Jesus Christ
  • Ike
[Countdown Begins]
Jimbo: Ten!
Ned: Nine.
Kyle: Eight.
Mr. Garrison: Seven.
Officer Barbrady: Six
Starvin' Marvin: [clicking]
Ike: Two Three Four
Stan: Three.
Jesus: Two.
Cartman: One!
All: Happy New Year!
[Large "8" replaces the "7", which falls down and crushes Kenny.]
Stan: Oh my god, they've killed Kenny!
Kyle: You bastards!
[End of 1997 New Year's Countdown.]

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