Trivia: Regular Show

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Tim Curry literally is a hot dog in "Meat your Maker".
    • While this is more of a Creator Allusion, J.G. Quintel was born in 1982, the year that Mordecai and Rigby travel back to in "Prank Callers." Plus, the title card of Ello Gov'nor (the movie, not the episode) has "©MCMLXXXII" written on it and the World Dishwashing Championship 1982 video in "Peeps".
    • James Hong basically plays Lo Pan during the episode "Fortune Cookie".
    • Techmo is dressed up as Spike Spiegal "Terror Tales of the Park III". Both characters are voiced by Steve Blum.
    • Ed Asner(Santa) previously portrayed Santa in Elf
    • Terry Crews (Brock Stettman from "The Thanksgiving Special") used to be an American football player.
    • Once again, Katey Sagal plays an amazing embarrassing mom (cf. 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Recess, and Married... with Children, though Mordecai's mom is more like Spinelli's mom than Cate Hennessynote  or Peg Bundynote ).
    • In "Terror Tales of the Park IV", Grey DeLisle voices another Japanese girl named "Kimiko".
    • In "Butt Dial", Rich Fulcher plays an answer phone that's also the leader of the Phone Guardians — exactly the kind of bizarre non-sequitur role he played as a supporting actor on The Mighty Boosh, JG Quintel's inspiration for Regular Show.
    • Laura Bailey voices another Russian spy named Natalia
  • Bad Export for You and Banned in China: A lot of episodes have either been edited to pieces or banned outright in Cartoon Network stations airing in the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines, and Latin America.
    • In Poland, Romania, and Hungary, the episode "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" has been banned for reasons unknown (probably because of gross-out humor).
  • Creator Cameo:
    • In "Out of Commission", Cart is voiced by Toby Jones, one of the show's writers/storyboard artists (who also co-wrote the episode).
    • In "Firework Run", Hector is voiced by Andress Salaff, another writer/storyboard artist of the show (who also co-wrote the episode).
    • Skips' annoying cousin, Quips, is voiced by Matt Price, one of the writers of the show.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • During the San Diego Comic-Con 2014, some of the people working on the show revealed their favorite characters:
      • Matt Price, one of the writers and the voice of Quips, said Muscle Man is his favorite because he's passionate, funny, and cares about his friends.
      • Minty Lewis and Roger Craig Smith's favorite character is Eileen.
      • William Salyers' favorite character is Thomas (Death's son).
      • Sean Szeles said his favorite character was Hi-Five Ghost but changes his mind to CJ.
  • Crossover Ship: Mordecai and Twilight Sparkle from MLP:FiM is a surprisingly popular ship... for some reason.
  • The Danza: Roger Craig Smith as Frank Smith.
  • Descended Creator:
    • The creator, J.G. Quintel, voices Mordecai and High-Five Ghost after Jeff Bennett was replaced.
    • Minty Lewis, the voice of Eileen, started out as a writer/storyboard artist on the show. When she wrote the line about the baby sea turtle eggs from "Do Me a Solid" and pitched it, they knew she was perfect for Eileen.
  • Defictionalization: A company has made a real-life version of the Ulti-Meatum, citing the show as the inspiration.
  • Edited for Syndication: This occasionally happens (and not just in the countries mentioned in Bad Export for You and Banned in China above; America did do some slight editing). In "Prank Callers", when the Master Prank Caller was taking a bath, the shot of the bathroom floor had a condom wrapper on it. In all reruns, it's cropped out/digitally removed
    • In "Fortune Cookie", the word "chink" (an offensive term for someone who's Chinese) was digitally removed from a dim sum cart that passed by.
    • In all later airings of "The Power", "How in the H are we gonna fix this S?" is changed to "How in the heck are we gonna fix this stuff?"note , and "pissed" is changed to "ticked." The same goes for "you pissed me off" in "Meat Your Maker", but, oddly, "Benson's gonna be pissed" is left intact in "Free Cake." Both instances are odd, considering that Mordecai's "Holy crap, it's real!" and "You're screaming like a fricking maniac" haven't been edited in American reruns of the episode "'Ello, Guv'nur."
    • In the UK, the infamous line "How in the H are we gonna fix this S?" was changed to "How in the heck are we gonna fix this hole?" (except for Netflix UK, where the line is "Now, how in the H are we going to fix this hole?" which still gets crap past the radar by keeping the T-Word Euphemism for "hell") well before Cartoon Network America decided to edit it.
  • God Never Said That: Liking a slash pairing (Mordecai/Rigby) is one thing, but thinking it would actually happen in canon is just not realistic, no matter how much you want it to benote . In one offscreen convention with the key crew members of the show (executive producers, writers, animators, storyboard artists, etc), a fan asked about the pairing and the events of the episode "Do me a Solid", the staff members answered, "Oh, Rigby has some special feelings for Mordecai." Notice how there are no hints to anything romantic or sexual. People can have feelings for others without it being romantic or sexual (platonic friendships, bonding between siblings and relatives, etc). Benton Connor even confirmed that Rigby isn't even a homosexual, but the more rabid fans refuse to listen and go by what they've cooked up in their imagination. Shortly after the convention, the episode "Diary" appeared, which Rigby confessed that he thinks Eileen is hot without her glasses, implying that he likes Eileen (and a lot of later episodes do show he and Eileen bonding). All of this is what happens when cartoon fans (specifically, the Periphery Demographic of teens and 20-somethings) refuse to go by canon and decide to pervert it for their own pleasure.
  • I Knew It: Many fans had already guessed that Margaret was lying about having a boyfriend in "1000th Chopper Flight Party", well before "Not Great Double Date" debuted and confirmed it.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In its own page, now!
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Wanna see the uncut version of The Power (you know, the one where Rigby actually says, "Now, how in the H are we gonna fix this S")? Only place you'll get to is on the Slack Pack DVD, as for the uncut versions of Free Cake and Meat Your Maker unless you copied it the first time you're out of luck unless you find it through illegal means.
  • Name's the Same: Thomas is the name of both the park's billy-goat intern (who turns out o be a Russian spy) and Death's son. Rigby even says so on the episode where Mordecai and C.J. have to babysit Death's son Thomas and C.J. says, "Isn't he, like, in college?" before Mordecai corrects her.
  • The Other Darrin: Jeff Bennett voiced High-Five Ghost in his first two appearances instead of Quintel. The only explanation for the actor change (since both Quintel and Bennett are still alive and still doing voice work for the show) is that someone thought Jeff Bennett wasn't right for the role and decided that Quintel would be better (or Bennett missed a rehearsal, Quintel took over, and a mutual agreement was made that Quintel take over for Bennett).
    • On the Thanksgiving episode, Jennifer Hale and Alastair Duncan voiced Mordecai's mom and dad. On the first episode that focused on them ("Maxin' and Relaxin'"), Hale and Duncan were replaced by Katey Sagal and Ed Begley, Jr.
  • Real-Life Relative: Janie Haddad'snote  husband, Paul F. Tompkins, voices a few characters, most notably a Were-Skunk in "Skunked".
  • Screwed by the Network: Regular Show used to air in reruns just as much as Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball. As of late (and due to the constant rerunning of other shows, like Teen Titans Go, Clarence, The Amazing World of Gumball, Uncle Grandpa, and Adventure Time), the show has been resigned to a weekday 7:30 PM timeslot (right before [adult swim] airs) Sundays to Fridays and only airs at that time. While 7:30pm is a decent time for it to air (since the series shows signs of being more for adults than for kids/familiesnote ), a lot of fans are upset that it no longer airs as frequently as the other shows on the network. As of February 2015, Regular Show and Adventure Time now air at 7:30pm with Adventure Time at 7:30pm and Regular Show at 7:45pm. The network is trying to rectify this (as of March 2015) by having marathon weekends of the network's most popular shows and Regular Show has been included and is back to airing as the last cartoon of the day at 7:30pm EST. Meanwhile, Adventure Time now airs at 3:00pm EST and 3:30pm EST. Currently (read: After the "Brilliant Duck Crisis Special" episode aired), Regular Show disappeared from the schedule, due to the channel trying to air leftover episodes of Adventure Time, though new episodes are said to air during the summer and Regular Show reruns now air Monday through Friday at 6:00 and 6:30 in the morning, right after [adult swim] (which, much like Time Squad airing at 5:00 in the morning after it ended its run, is an appropriate time slot, given the content).
  • Talking to Himself: J.G. Quintel voices both Mordecai and High-Five Ghost (after the episodes in which Jeff Bennett voiced HFG), and Sam Marin voices Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man. Both they and Mark Hamill (Skips) voice several background characters as well.
  • Trolling Creator: Though the fans brought this upon themselves. See God Never Said That.
  • What Could Have Been
    • For "Do Me a Solid", instead of destroying the tape, Rigby originally kept it.
    • Margaret was originally not going to wear any clothes like Mordecai, but was changed for obvious reasons.
    • In "Mordecai and the Rigbys", there was supposed to be a scene where Mordecai and Rigby ask Benson why there were instruments in the garage. Benson has a flashback when he used to be a hippie where his ex-girlfriend, Veronica, who is also a gumball machine, leaves him for a business man.
    • In "Skips Strikes", Skips was originally supposed to have a different secret. Which was him being friends with the Magic Elements.
    • The last three minutes of the Halloween special "Terror Tales in the Park" had to be redone because CN deemed it too gory and violent for kids. The end result? Rigby getting egged by a giant egg (which actually is still bad, since a later episode revealed that Rigby is deathly allergic to eggs).
    • In "Trucker Hall of Fame", the flashback of Muscle Dad telling Muscle Man to take a raincoat with him on his prom was edited because the censors saw Muscle Man's line "Muscle Dad, I don't need no protection from the rain!" as a blatant condom joke (or an endorsement for unprotected sex. Your call).
    • Also Mordecai's mother was the mom who was critical to Mordecai. She was a Role Model of a mother to everyone else, but not in Mordecai's eyes. Also Rigby's mom is sweet, loving and protective of her son. Those are really interesting ideas, but for some reason, J.G. Quintel and the others don't want to make episodes about Mordecai and Rigby's parents, even through Benton Connor keeps recommending it to them. Although there's a Thanksgiving special that finally introduces Mordecai and Rigby's parents, they only make a brief appearances and we don't see much of their personality, and "Maxin' and Relaxin'" shows Mordecai's parents again (his mom is embarrassing, but well-meaning and his father is the sane one and a bit of a doormat).
    • Much like the first Halloween special, the second one also had to have its ending changed for being too scary and violent, even for Cartoon Network, though the ending that did air (where the tow truck crashes into a tree and everyone comes out as a ghost) didn't seem like much of an improvement in terms of eschewing death references. Here's some storyboard art showing the ending that did get rejected.
    • The "lady" the unicorns brought for Mordecai in "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" was originally supposed to be an obviously cross-dressed man in a skimpy bra, panties, fishnet, and heels outfit, but the Cartoon Network censors asked them to replace the man with something less risque (and they did: it was a blonde biker with long hair who kind of looks like Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin)note .
    • Quintel originally intended for the set-up of the show to be about Mordecai and Rigby working at a zoo full of humans and was very set on it. The higher-ups decided against it, and Quintel thinks it's actually better that they did.
    • According to Calvin Wong, they wanted Terry "Hulk" Hogan to voice Muscle Dad.
    • In "Skips' Story" originally the Guardians of Eternal Youth were going to laugh at Walks' name choice.
    • In "I Like You Hi", Toby Jones and Owen Dennis intended Yuji to be parody of reality TV personalities who think they're famous, but the only reality show they both watched was Sweet Genius (a Food Network cooking competition where chefs come up with bizarre, yet delicious desserts) so Yuji wasn't based on anything.
      • There were some jokes in the episode that had some parts removed that changed the context of the joke.
      • Yuji's tattoo was originally going to be on his forehead.
    • When they were casting voices for the main characters, Mark Hamill originally auditioned for Pops but Sam Marin already got the role, so J.G. Quintel had him audition for Skips instead.
  • The Wiki Rule: Regular Show Wiki
  • Write Who You Know: Mordecai is pretty heavily based on series creator J.G. Quintel, who even voices the character with his regular voice. Quintel even stated that Mordecai is himself as a bluejay (which is why Mordecai doesn't act like a bird).