* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Al simply an unintentionally insensitive CloudCuckoolander, or is he something much worse?
** With the above in consideration, are his disgusting Nutrition Break segments just a testament to his weirdness, or is he deliberately trying to make the audience poison themselves?
* FridgeHorror: The Guy Boarded Up In The Wall.
* MoralEventHorizon: Al is a bit of a jerk, but one particular episode has him force guest star Tahj Mowry to play guinea pig to his new invention, [[BodyHorror giving him a dinosaur foot.]] At the end of the episode, he's still around, yelling to the audience that Al must be stopped. Al isn't a jerk, he's a supervillain!
** There's also the time Val Brentwood kidnapped a boy band to sabotage Al's competitor. Al was at first upset, but quickly decided to force them to play for him.
* NightmareFuel: The seizure-inducing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax4zF4ychoU Ear Booker Productions vanity plate]] at the end of each episode seems to invoke this trope. The soundtrack is an edited version of "Bite Me," the hidden track from Al's 1992 album ''Off The Deep End.''
* OneSceneWonder: The show was filmed in the same building as ''{{The Tonight Show}}'', and Al would often troll the halls trying to get Leno's guests to do a scene. A remarkable number of them agreed, like Drew Carey and Bill Mumy.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In The Competition, there's no stated rules for the contest, so it's hard to say what criteria would count for not playing fair. Further more, Al for once did try to be the bigger person and ''did'' choose to just run his show properly...until Uncle Ralphie actively began to harass him on the set of his show with no immediate repercussions. We're supposed to see Al and Ralphie as equally culpable of breaking the imaginary rules and Fred Huggins as morally superior simply because he didn't cheat...but Fred Huggins also wasn't the victim of any sabotage. He was ''literally'' ignored and basically seems to have won by default simply because he's such a loser nobody would ever bother him. Dovetails nicely with BrokenAesop in that the ''real'' lesson seems to be less "Play fair" and more "It's easy to avoid being bullied if you're so pathetic nobody will try."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Al admitted on the commentary he hadn't cleared the rights for "Firestarter" for his "Bad Haircut" parody, hence the song is intentionally written as a sound alike.
* TheWoobie: Cousin Corky gets the worst of Al's jerkassery. He tricks her into doing all his chores then abandons her to go on vacation, he aggressively forces her to take part in his talent show, and is just flat out insensitive to her. Plus it's clear she has some kind of self esteem issues.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: It's hard to root for Al, described in the commentaries as "like Pee Wee Herman without the charm."