Trivia / History of the World Part I

  • Acting for Two: Mel Brooks has five roles in the movie. Moses, Comicus, Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques the Garcon de Piss.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: "It's good to be the King!" is often misquoted without the 'the' in shout-outs by other works.
  • The Cast Show Off: Being played by legendary tap dancer Gregory Hines, Josephus of course escapes the gallows by distracting the executioners with a soft-shoe number.
  • Copiously Credited Creator: Mel Brooks is credited as writer, producer, director, star and songwriter (for "The Inquisition" and "Jews In Space").
  • Referenced by...: The card game Guillotine, set during the French Revolution, features one character called the Piss Boy, almost certainly in reference to this movie.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: No matter what time period any particular segment is set in, it will always be rooted in both The '70s and the Borscht Belt Fifties.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • The role of Josephus was written with Richard Pryor in mind, but he was unable to accept due to his infamous freebasing accident in 1980.
    • The role of Count de Monet was originally meant for John Cleese, but he was unavailable.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Mel Brooks plays roles in every time period.
    • Rudy de Luca who plays Captain Mucus, can also briefly be seen in Prehistoric Man segment. He's the caveman that gets accidentally killed by a thrown spear.
    • Also Ronny Graham does double duty as Oedipus and a tortured Jew who relays his unfortunate experience of being anally tortured with a red hot poker.
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