In the "Cash On Earth" sketch, Darrell Hammond almost breaks character when the winged CD boxed set "flew" in.
In the monologue, the young Al Sharpton (Tracy Morgan) tells the real Al Sharpton that he's on a racist show, entertaining people in Iowa. At the time this episode first came on, Iowa didn't air this episode because of fear of breaking equal-time laws.
Tina Fey: While appearing on "Larry King Live" Monday, Linda Tripp revealed that she is marrying her childhood sweetheart, who gave her her first kiss at age 14. Luckily for Tripp, in all their years apart, there was never a cure for blindness.
The ceremony ended with the words: "I now pronounce you Man and... that."
Jimmy Fallon: Ground was broken in Fredericksburg, Virginia this week, for the National Slavery Museum. For the punchline of this joke, tune in next week when we have a different host.
Jimmy Fallon: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced on Wednesday that she and her boyfriend Chris Martin from Coldplay are expecting a baby. Also, Jessica Simpson announced that she and her husband, Nick Lachey, have been putting it in the wrong place all this time.
Tina Fey: According to The New York Times, Michael Jackson's financial advisors have told him that, to avoid bankruptcy, he must limit his spending to $1 million a month. Upon hearing this, Michael dropped the boy he was molesting, and said, "Are you kidding me?"
Tina Fey: Xaun Xaun, a female giant panda, was flown to Japan this week in hopes that she will mate with Ling Ling, the male panda at the Tokyo Zoo. Biologists are optimistic because it's well known that Xuan Xuan is a slut. The mating of Ling Ling and Xuan Xuan was brokered by their friend Pimp Pimp.
Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "Al Sharpton's Casa de Sushi," "The La Toya Jackson Show," "Cab Ride," "Unearthed: Johnny Cash," and Pink's performance of "God is a DJ."
The jumpsuit from Lord Crumbly Bros. that Tracy Morgan wore when he played the young Al Sharpton in the monologue looks like the jumpsuit Christopher Walken wore in the "Rita Delvecchio" sketch when Walken hosted in 1996 (season 21) with musical guest Joan Osborne.
Due to equal-time laws, Al Sharpton could only appear in promos for four seconds.
Johnny Cochran, whom Al impersonated in a sketch, can be seen in the audience.
The episode was not aired in New Hampshire, Iowa, and three other states because they hosted early presidential primaries. The 1999 special "The Best of Steve Martin" was aired in its place.
This is the second year in a row a politician named Al hosted.
NBC did not rerun this show for all of the markets to see until July 31, 2004.