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Producer/director/star Robert Townsend put US$40,000 of the film's US$100,000 budget on ten personal credit cards, and obtained free film stock by splicing together leftovers from the production of Odd Jobs (1986) and Ratboy (1986), in which he had appeared. The 17 days of shooting were spread over two years, since he had to tour as a stand-up comedian whenever he could not afford to continue production.
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Since this movie was shot without permits, the crew all wore UCLA t-shirts so they could pass themselves off as students learning how to film in the field.
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John Witherspoon improvised the "ho-cake" monologue.
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A headshot of actress Helen Martin can be seen behind Robert Townsend at his big audition.
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At the end of the film, the audience sees a flying black superhero, played by Robert Townsend. 6 years later, he would star as a flying black superhero, The Meteor Man.
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