Rhys Darby who plays band manager Murray Hewitt in this series has previously filled the same role, though known as Brian Nesbitt during the group's album The BBC Radio Series: Flight of the Conchords.
The character 'Mel' is based on a person from the video documentary 'A Texan Odyssey'. In the documentary she too has a picture of Jermaine's lips.
We find out that Mel, the number one fan of Flight of the Conchords, is married to Doug.
Murray also works as 'Deputy Cultural Attache' at the New Zealand consulate.
While being promoted, the show's tagline was, "A new comedy series that makes love to your ears."
Maxwell: This ah, fence of toothbrushes, sounds fascinating.
Murray: Probably haven't got one in Australia? Have you?
Maxwell: We've got Ayers Rock, mate. Big, huge rock... Massive.
Murray: Yeah, we've got rocks. We've got a big...smaller rocks.
The 'massive' rock no longer refered to as 'Ayers Rock' in Australia. The Aboriginal name 'Uluru' (meaning Earth Mother) is now used.
Comparing Bret to the Tape
Not as Hairy
No Subway Fare
This is the first episode not to have a pre-credits sequence.
In the episode 'Mugged' Murray warns Bret and Jemaine to avoid a drive by.
Director Taika Waititi had previously worked with the guys before. Taiki, Bret, and Jemaine all had a role in 2004's Futile Attraction. Then later he directed Jemaine in 2007's Eagle vs. Shark.
We find out in this episode that Murray is married but currently separated. He also still wears his wedding ring.
Bret and Jemaine's friend Dave is (East) Indian, which explains the Samosas and Gulab Jamun at his party in Episode 1.
At the beginning of the band meeting Murray's computer screen reads:
New Zealand Government
Band Meeting Agenda
1. Stage Presence
2. Any New Business?
We learn that Murray's wife, whom he was previously separated with is named Shelley.
Goof: The day of the LaGuardia gig and the day after are both labeled as "Thursday" by the inter-titles.
Director Taika Waititi and writer Duncan Sarkies worked together previously. In 1999 Waititi starred in a New Zealand film, Scarfies that Sarkies had co-written.
We find out that Dave's given name is actually Devjeet and that he still lives with his parents.
The shirt that Bret is wearing in the beginning of the episode has the face of Sally that he embroidered in the episode "Sally Returns".
When Ben makes his rejection call Murray breaks down crying and begging for him to sign the band. This scene is nearly identical to what Rhys Darby did on FOTC's BBC Radio Series when he acted as their manager, Brian Nesbitt.
Demetri Martin becomes the third The Daily Show regular to guest on this show, after Dan Bakkedahl in the episode "The Actor" episode and John Hodgman in the episode "Bowie"