As of this writing, Brandon Tartikoff is the only NBC network executive to host SNL.
This is John Mellencamp's first appearance on the show with his real surname.
Originally, Bruce Springsteen was booked as musical guest.
Tartikoff wore a wig in this episode as he was still undergoing cancer treatment at the time, according to the SNL "biography" Live From New York.
The 30 June 1984 repeat of this show removes "Feln's Discount Warehouse" and "Ethel's Diner", and adds "Crazy Edelman" from Devito/Perlman, "Eddie in NJ" from Candy, and "Talkin' Dopeball" from Garr.