The black males Swanson (Tim Heidecker) encounters at a Brooklyn bar were not actors but participants. Their reactions from Heidecker stereotyping them were genuine.
The film was purposely leaked online. After the first ten minutes, however, the film cuts to Heidecker sitting on a boat with an anti-piracy banner that scrolls across the screen which repeats for the rest of the film's running time.
Real alcohol was used in scenes involving characters drinking beer and other sorts of liquor.
Rick Alverson wanted Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim to be in the film after seeing their performances on "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" because of their signature use of excessive awkwardness.
The script was a treatment by Rick Alverson and his co-writers, with the cast improvising in their scenes.