Eric "Butters" Stough was born in Mayberry, North Carolina, then moved to Colorado. He attended high school there, where he was a classmate of Trey Parker
. He attended the University of Colorado, with show co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone
, but then moved back to North Carolina.
His career led him to Los Angeles in 1996, when he was invited to work on South Park
, and he had been working on the show as Animation Director since the pilot. He has also done voices for the show, and appeared in the film, Orgazmo