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  • The Craig Hoffman character is named after the supervising producer for the first three seasons.
  • Gene Simmons of KISS makes a cameo to encourage Peter. Simmons, an old friend of Lois, previously appeared in “Road to Europe”.
  • Mila Kunis self-admittedly claims to be a terrible singer and during this time, she begged off of singing duties. Meg's singing voice was provided by Tara Strong.
  • Ms. Swan is a character from MADtv, played by Alex Borstein, voice of Lois Griffin. She appears filing Meg's nails and later on the SNL Stage toward the end of the episode.
  • When the guys temporarily give the Clam a Coyote Ugly theme, they dance on the countertop to the tune of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band.
  • While the Clam is a karaoke bar, Mort Goldman performs Maureen McGovern’s 1973 hit “The Morning After.”
  • Upon hearing that he will be on Saturday Night Live, Peter replies “You mean I’m going to get to meet John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley and Horatio Sanz?” All are former cast members who are deceased, except Sanz.
  • In reality, Jimmy Fallon, now host of The Tonight Show, had yet to return to Saturday Night Live as host. He has made several cameo appearances however.
  • The cast of Saturday Night Live's 31'st season, which had been completed weeks prior to the episode's initial airing was made of Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Horatio Sanz, and Kenan Thompson. The featured players this season were Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig.
    • Forte and Sudeikis would later receive roles on the Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show, including as themselves in "Once Upon A Tyne in New York".
  • This episode introduces the rest of Meg's group of friends: Patty, Esther, and Ruth.
  • News anchor Tom Tucker says that the next news story will concern “Joan Rivers speaking from beyond the grave,” despite the fact that the actress was still alive when this episode first aired.
  • Peter attempts to satisfy angry inmates by telling a story about Lake Wobegon, the setting of Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, which often featured quaint stories of rural life.
  • The episode mocks former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon for “laughing and looking into the camera in every sketch [he’s] ever been in.” While beating Fallon, Peter mentions that Carol Burnett used to do the same on her show but Fallon “hasn’t earned what she earned!”
  • During the faux SNL episode ending, in the far right of the screen, Gene Simmons can be seen licking President Bush. To the far left of the screen, Meg’s dead and decaying “real boyfriend” can be seen getting attacked by a wolf as was shown earlier in the episode.
  • Meg assertively asks Lois for Skittles.
  • This episode ends like a typical episode of Saturday Night Live with Peter, acting as the host, waving goodbye to the audience, surrounded the cast and musical guest, which was apparently Counting Crows. Peter exclaims, “Our thoughts are with you, Chevy,” presumably referring to Chevy Chase.
  • After the faux SNL episode ends, It’s Showtime at the Apollo begins. The variety show, filmed at the Apollo Theater, used to air on NBC affiliates after the current episode of SNL ended.
  • Mila Kunis would claim in an interview with Rolling Stone that this was her favorite episode due to Meg appearing without her usual hat.[1]

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