Opening theme promotion: DECIPHERED FROM CROP CIRCLES
At the award ceremony when they pan from left to right, we can see Jar Jar binks' head, right next to Morbo.
The date 'A Close Shaving' was copyrighted in 2922.
Dr. Zoidberg has an anatomy chart upsidedown in his office.
Hollywood and Vine is a residential area in the year 3000.
The Variety article caption reads 'NAAPC Complains of Low Computer Hirings.'
Also in the Oscar audience, Pauly Shore, Michelle (Fry's Ex), and Edith Head.
In the episode Where No Fan has Gone Before, it is stated that Star Trek is forbidden by law, yet in this episode, one of the nominees for "Best Soft Drink Product Placement" is a film called "Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation." Even if it were only the original Star Trek series that was forbidden, the character in the "Pepsi Generation" screen-capture looks suspiciously like Spock, and is sporting a knock-off of the blue uniform tunic from the original series.
Two weeks, as hinted by how long Fry and Leela were stuck in the tar pits, is not enough time for a film to be released, win at the Golden Globes, be nominated for an Oscar, and then win the award. The time between nominations and the ceremony may change in the future, but the film would have to be eligible for next year's awards.
The patch on Harold Zoid's jacket keeps changing sleeves or disappearing completely.
Los Angeles is no longer the abandoned ruins it was in 2ACV19 The Cryonic Woman.
(after the movie was a bomb)
Calculon: You said that Oscar was practically on my mantel.
Bender: Now you know why I used the qualifier "practically".
Calculon: You listen to me. I'm out a million dollars. You get me that Oscar or you're dead! You and these sniveling lobsters! Dead! DO YOU HEAR ME?!? DEAD!!!
(he walks off, leaving Bender and Zoidberg whimpering with fear)
Zoid: Oi, now he emotes.
Calculon: Yes. Yes, it's a real beauty. Someday I hope to win one of my own.
Bender: Then you're not going to kill us, Your Majesty?
Calculon: Nay. I respect and admire Harold Zoid too much to beat him to death with his own Oscar.
Calculon: Where's that Oscar?
Zoid: Here, enjoy. What are you getting upset? It's slightly less fraudulent for you to have it.
Zoidberg: And the winner is... And the winner, instead of any of the nominees, is the legendary Harold Zoid!
Zoid: Thank you. Thank you so much! You know, through all my ups and downs, I always thought the most important thing in life was to win an Oscar. But tonight I realise what's really important is to win two Oscars.
Zoidberg: And the nominees for Best Actor are: Sir Lawrence [He makes a weird noise]... in The Merchant of Venus, Hive Mind Gamma 7X in Bikini Party Summer, the Soda Machine Robot in Bikini Party Summer, Mark Jones in How Beige Was My Jacket and, instead of the fifth guy, Calculon, for his powerhouse performance in The Magnificent Three.
Man #1: Uh-oh, he read the wrong name.
Man #2: Shh, just play along, like they did for Marisa Tomei.
Bender: And now to present the award for Best Actor... a bit player in the flop movie The Magnificent Three...
Crystal: And the nominees for Best Soft-Drink Product Placement are:
Slurm Machine: Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation, They Call Me Mr. Pibb and Snow White and the 7 Ups.
Zoidberg: What category are they on?
Bender: They're giving out the minor technical awards. I think they're up to writing.
Zoidberg: That just leaves Best Soft-Drink Product Placement and then Best Actor. We don't have much time.
Fry: What was that? A tar dolphin or a tar shark?
Leela: It's some kind of hollow tube, devoid of human life. The Los Angeles subway!
Fry: It's been two weeks. You wanna play tic-tac-toe again before we eat our shoes?
Crystal: Alright, we're already one hour behind. Our first award tonight: Best Cinematography in a Non-Visible Spectrum.
Rivers: Hi, I'm Joan Rivers' head. I tell you, I've had so many face-lifts, they finally lifted it right off my body! It's true, it's true! Oh, oh, oh! Here comes Jack Nicholson's DNA reconstituted in a gorilla body.
Zoid: Oy. All I wanted was for people to think of me one last time before I die.
Zoidberg: What are you talking about, Uncle? Everybody remembers Harold Zoid!
Zoid: As a pathetic has-been, they remember me. As a forgotten relic, they remember me. Bah! It's better to die now.
Zoidberg: No. This is one death Dr. Zoidberg won't be responsible for!
Bender: Calculon's gonna kill us for sure. It's all everybody else's fault.
Zoidberg: This is where you live? I though you were a big-shot Hollywood movie star.
Zoid: No, I'm not. I'm an even bigger liar than you. My career went down the tubes the day they invented smell-a-vision.
Calculon: I told you I want an Oscar.
Bender: Then maybe you should act better.
Calculon: The Oscar isn't about acting. It's about earning the respect and admiration of the creative community.
Zoid: How 'bout we rig the awards?
Calculon: That's fine too.
Calculon: 400 categories and not a single nomination for me.
Zoidberg: But you won this Golden Globe!
Calculon: Piffle! That's the Emmy of movie awards!
Fry: Leela, we're missing the premiere. My only goal in life was to attend a Hollywood shindig. Just pay the valet the two bucks.
Leela: No! It's the principle of the thing.
Bender: Nice turnout, Calculon. That Oscar's practically on your mantel.
Calculon: I just pray they like me half as much as I do.
Zoid: Alright, that's a wrap, everybody. I'm gonna see you all at the premiere which, by the way, when is?
Zoidberg: Well, editing is a long and expensive process but we spent all the money on pies, so it'll be ready Friday.
Calculon(melodramatically): Sir, I call upon you not as a President but as a father.
Zoid: Cut, cut, cut it! Would you show a little emotion? [He turns to the extras] People, people, please. Just because it's a dramatic scene, doesn't mean you can't do a little comedy in the background. Throw a pie or two, for God's sake.
Zoid: And, action!
Calculon: Take back your gilded pen, Father. Signing bills into law was always your dream, not mine.
Zoid: Cut! Cut! Cut it! I said this is a talkie, damnit! You've got to emote more! And you extras, wave your arms and make faces. What is this, a morgue?
Zoid: Thank you. A more classic movie plot there isn't: A son who does not want to follow in his father's business. And that business is being President of Earth, no less. The son, as it happens, is Vice President.
Calculon: Good heavens! A chance to work with the legendary Harold Zoid. He's one of my great idols. And-And you say you can guarantee me the Oscar?
Bender: I can guarantee anything you want.
Bender: Calculon, as your hot water heater... I would be remiss if I didn't bring you scripts that could make you an international film star.
Calculon: Of course. Tell me about the project.
Zoidberg: It's a movie.
Calculon: Interesting. Tell me more.
Bender: Get this: For a scant $1 million investment, you can be the star.
Bender: And, uh, I guarantee it'll win you an Oscar.
Calculon: An Oscar, you say? That would get me out of this festering rat's nest called "television" once and for all. Let me see the script... No. No, I don't like the font. Wait! Harold Zoid? Was this written by the Harold Zoid?
Zoidberg: Written and Xeroxed.
Bender: What's with Monstro?
Fry: He promised he'd give his Uncle Zoid a million bucks to make a movie.
Zoidberg: I've only been here a day and already I'm a Hollywood phoney.
Waiter: What can I get you gentlemen?
Zoidberg: Is bread free?
Zoidberg: We'll split an order.
Zoid: I'm putting together a big drama picture right now, as we speak. The script is dynamite. I know because I wrote it myself. And with me directing and starring, I'll be back on top after 50 miserable years- Uh, of fame.
Zoid: So, here we are: A still-famous film comedian.
Zoidberg: And a rich, respected doctor with many surviving patients.
Zoid: Eating real food in a restaurant, as we both often do.
Zoidberg: Uncle Zoid, you're looking young enough to be thrown back!
Zoid: Rich nephew, come over here and give your uncle a nice, big meal.
Zoidberg: That's where I'm meeting Uncle Zoid for lunch to discuss my Hollywood dreams. Next time you see me, don't be surprised if I've eaten.
Calculon: Nice work, Boiler.
Bender: Thanks. And call me Bender.
Calculon: Are you my new hot water heater?
Bender: No, I'm Bender. We met once, remember?
Calculon: Absolutely not.
Bender: Come on, don't you remember how much I was bugging you, don't you? 'Cause it was a lot, you remember, right?
Calculon: Look, I'm programmed to be very busy. Unless you can heat water to 212 degrees, I'm not interested. [He closes the door and Bender immediately rings the bell. Calculon opens the door again.] Have you got an extra GOTO 10 line? I said I don't need a bender.
Bender: Bender? That was the other guy. My name's Boiler.
Tour Guide: Ahead, you'll see the home of Mel Gibson, star of the hit film, Bravehead.
Tour Guide: Now, to your right, you'll see 30th Century Fox Studios. Fox uses those searchlights to blind pilots, then film the resulting plane crashes.
Zoidberg: Dear Uncle Zoid, greetings from your long-lost nephew. Norm and Sam and Sadie's boy, remember?
Hermes: You're right, crabby. He's a hell of a lot funnier than you could ever be.
Zoidberg: Maybe so, but perhaps if I wrote him and asked for a few hundred pointers...
Zoidberg: My Uncle Harold was a big Hollywood star back in the era of silent holograms.
Leela: Your uncle was Harold Zoid?
Zoidberg: This I cannot deny.
Farnsworth: Why, I've been a Harold Zoid fan since back when my hips were made of bone.
Zoidberg: My whole life I worked on that act. And they hated it.
Hermes: You're a crazy, penniless, lobster doctor. No combination of you should be a comedian.
Zoidberg: But comedy is in my valves.
Zoidberg: Earth: What a planet. On Earth, you enjoy eating a tasty clam. On my planet, clams enjoy eating a tasty you!... Maybe I'm not yelling loud enough.
Humorbot 5.0: So I says, "Super collider? I just met her!" And then they built the super collider. Thank you, you've been a great audience.
Calculon: Everyone walked out. They hated it. I've seen plagues that had better opening nights than this. You said that oscar was practically on my mantle.
Bender: Now you know why I used the qualifier 'practically'.
Tour lady: Welcome to Hollywood! I must warn you, there's no refund if you get discovered and leave the tour *laugh* I'm just kidding, that never happens.
Leela: Ohh, I always knew I'd die at the bottom of a pit, but a pit full of tar?
Bender: That plot makes perfect sense, wink wink.
Dr. Zoidberg: Bender, you said wink wink out loud.
Bender: No I didn't, raise middle finger.
Harold Zoid: Now I can die a happy man... 10 seconds from now, when Calculon kills us.
Flurp, the liquid comedian makes his second appearance from My Three Suns.
Origional titles for the episode: Zoidberg Goes To Hollywood, Zoidy Goes To Hollywood, My Uncle The Has-Been.
Humorbot 5.0 makes his first appearance, and later gets his own show in Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV.
However, robots at least of the same model as him (perhaps Humorbot 1.0, 2.0, etc) have appeared in the background several times before, such as a wax dummy in the Hall of Wax Robots in Mothers Day.
In the opening credits, the toon character on the giant screen is Bosko, an early Warner Brothers character.
The future-film "They Call Me Mr. Pibb" is referencing Sidney Poitiers' line as Mr. Tibb in the movie In the Heat of the Night.
Harold Zoid's final film effort fails. This may be referencing Charlie Chaplin's final Hollywood film (which was also his first talkie), The Great Dictator. Response Probably not, as The Great Dictator was neither Chaplin's last Hollywood film, nor was it a failure. In fact, it was Chaplin's biggest grossing film of all time. Harold Lloyd's last film however, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (aka Mad Wednesday), was a critical and commercial failure. It should be noted that other than the name and a few superficial similarities, Harold Lloyd had little in common with Harold Zoid. Lloyd owned the production company that made most of his films and retained ownership of them. He retired as one of the richest actors in Hollywood. Lloyd never had any doubts about the legacy he had left with his films, and anyone who has seen one properly presented in a theater with live music will attest that Harold Lloyd made some of the funniest and most exciting films ever made.
When Zoidberg takes the stage and attempts to deliver some stand-up comedy, he includes jokes of the form "on Earth... on my planet...". These were made famous by Yakov Smirnoff with his "in America... in Russia..." jokes.
During the Hollywood tour we see "30th Century Fox Studios". Although by the year 3,000 it may be renamed, in reality today, the studio is called 20th Century Fox; however for the purposes of branding Futurama alone, the credits always display 30th Century Fox.
The title of this episode is a take on the 1974 production That's Entertainment! where classic stars shared their favorite parts from musicals from MGM's—then—50 year history. Containing wonderful scenes of music, singing, and dancing it is a compilation of some of the greatest musical moments in film.
The name of Zoidberg's uncle is a play off the actor Harold Clayton Lloyd from the era of silent movie. In the comedy hologram "A Close Shaving", Zoid wears the big round glasses that were Harold Lloyd's trademark.
Calculon has a painting in his house that is painted in the style of artist Andy Worhol.
At the end of filming, Harold Zoid poses as a wheelchair-bound president, much like former president FDR.
Variety Article: Fox Exex Bax Sex Pix, Flix Lax Crux Bux, Stox Sinx, Ax Prex.
This is a quick reference to an old Variety headline. The headline was "Pix Nix Sex Flix" from the 1930's.
A Close Shaving
The old comedy hologram "A Close Shaving" is a reference to the old Buster Keaton kind of comedy. The title is a reference the famous Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave. It should be noted though that there have been several silent film/shorts with the same title.