On the night of the live broadcast, Don Pardo had laryngitis, but he still announced during the opening montage, despite the deterioration in his voice. After his voice returned, his announcement was re-recorded for reruns.
Mary Tyler Moore refers to the nude beach sketch from the Matthew Broderick/Sugarcubes episode, notorious for its constant repetition of the word "penis." After feigning discomfort, Moore announces, "Elvis Costello's penis is here."
Elvis Costello breaks several guitar strings during his performance of "Veronica."
This is the first episode of Ben Stiller's short career on SNL.