Trivia: History of the World Part I

  • Acting for Two: 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • A group of cavemen is led by Sid Caesar.
    • The Ethopian slave Josephus is played by tap-dancer Gregory Hines.
    • John Hurt is Jesus!
    • One of the two Jews describing how they were tortured by the Spaniards is everyone's favorite Jewish stand-up comic, Jackie Mason.
    • Bea Arthur cameoed as the lady in the unemployment booth.
    • Cloris Leachman as Madame Defarge.
    • Hugh Hefner in Ancient Rome mentioning his invention of the centerfold.
    • David Lee Roth has a line during the Spanish Inquisition musical number.
    • And Madeline Kahn is Empress Nympho!
  • Hey, It's That Special Effect!: In the "parting of the Red Sea" scene, they're obviously using the effect from the Universal Studios tour. You can even see some of the metal grating they use.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Orson Welles is the narrator.
  • 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.