“You Risk Your Life”

  • This segment is a detailed spoof of the game show You Bet Your Life, as hosted by Groucho Marx, which debuted on radio in 1947 before moving to TV in 1950.
  • Whenever something happened in You Bet Your Life, Groucho’s theme song (“Hooray for Captain Spaulding” from the Marx Brothers' Animal Crackers (1930)) would play. The same thing happened here, except Yakko's theme song is “I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual” from episode 3 (which is taken, of course, from “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from The Pirates of Penzance).
  • Yakko holds a pencil instead of Groucho’s trademark cigar.
  • On the original show, when a contestant would say the secret word, a toy duck resembling Groucho would drop from the ceiling with a $100 prize.

“Jockey for Position”

Phar Fignewton’s name is a three-in-one reference:

  • Phar Lap, the champion early 20th-century Thoroughbred racehorse from Down Under.
  • Fig Newtons, a brand of fig rolls (pastry filled with fig paste) made by Nabisco.
  • Fahrvergnügen, an advertising slogan used by Volkswagen in a 1990 US ad campaign; it’s German for “driving enjoyment”.