Robert Townsend put $40,000 of the film's $100,000 budget on ten personal credit cards. He got free film stock by splicing together leftovers from the production of Odd Jobs (1986) and Ratboy (1986). The 17 days of shooting were spread over two years, between Townsend's tours as a stand-up comedian.
At the beginning of the film, just after Bobby Taylor walks into the TinselTown Pictures offices, there is a close-up of the interview sheet showing his appointment for 10:30. The other names on the sheet are the actual names of other actors appearing in the film.
When Bobby is first sitting down while he waits to read for the part of Jimmy at the beginning of the film, the head shot photo just behind him shows three women (with possibly a fourth, which is obscured by his head.) After the talk with the other actor sitting next to him (immediately after he tells him "Don't sell out, brother. Don't be a butler or a slave") the picture immediately changes to one of his grandmother, likely representing the sudden pull of his conscience in reading for this type of role.
In the "Death of a Breakdancer" segment, Robert Townsend's character is a film noir private eye named Sam Ace. This is an obvious reference to Sam Spade, a classic film noir private eye once played by Humphrey Bogart.