The riff: Observed by Crow during a parade scene as a big, round balloon man is erected.
The explanation: Charles Durning was a prolific American character actor who passed away in December after appearing in more than 200 films. He was a rather portly fellow and known for playing roles as blustery and corrupt politician-types. He was nominated for nine Emmy Awards in his career and two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in back-to-back years, 1982 and 1983, for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “To Be or Not to Be.”
Novelty factor: I am ashamed to admit this, but I didn’t actually know Durning by name. Once I looked him up, I realized he was the guy I loved as Menelaus “Pappy” O’Daniel, the governor of Mississippi, in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” I then remembered seeing him in other movies. Whoops!