Zohan was loosely based on Nezi Arbib, a hairstylist and former Israeli soldier in Solana Beach, California. Arbib taught Adam Sandler and the film crew different hairstyling techniques, while Sandler learned Arbib's mannerisms.
(At around one hour and forty minutes) Adam Sandler's daughter Sadie Sandler and wife Jackie Sandler make a cameo appearance at the end of the film. His daughter is seen taking a "goat ride", while his wife holds onto her.
Most of the guns used by the Zohan and the terrorists in the film are weapons manufactured by Israeli Military Industries (such as the Uzi submachine gun, Galil assault rifle, and the Jericho 941 and Desert Eagle handguns).
The opening scene on a beach in Tel Aviv strongly references the film Metzitzim (1972) starring Uri Zohar, Israel's "bad boy" of the 1960s and early 1970s, who later became an orthodox rabbi. Zohan looks just like Zohar, including hairstyle and wardrobe.
Throughout the film, Zohan and other Israeli characters use various Hebrew words and phrases, including: Abba (father), Ema (Mother), B'seder (okay), and Yiddish words, including: faygelah (homosexual), tuches (butt).
Some of the jokes in the film are directly related to an old Saturday Night Live sketch, titled "Sabra Price is Right". The sketch aired on May 9, 1992 (Saturday Night Live (1975) season seventeen, episode nineteen, "Tom Hanks/Bruce Springsteen") and the show was hosted by Tom Hanks. The specific jokes include the recurring "Disco! Disco! Good! Good!" saying, as well as "No-no-no-no-no-no". Also, the entire sketch revolves around bidding on cheap electronics that the host claims to have "Sony guts", or a variation of that brand, very similar to the electronics store salesmen in this movie. The SNL sketch included many of the actors who appeared in this movie - Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, Kevin Nealon, and Chris Rock.
Most of the stars of Grown Ups (2010) (except David Spade) made an appearance in this movie including Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock (as the Jamaican taxi driver), and Kevin James made a cameo appearance.