Lyrics from the song are sung at various points by the main characters in Brian Friel's famous play, Dancing at Lughnasa, with Porter's song on the wireless radio representing modern society finally reaching the rural Irish setting.
On the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode The Light Entertainment War, Cole Porter supposedly designed a poorly written map for use by the army. When a corporal is told that Cole Porter wrote the map, he asks if it is the Cole Porter who wrote Kiss Me, Kate. The man who says that it was written by Cole Porter says that it was the Cole Porter who wrote Anything Goes. When the Corporal says that is the same person he begins to sing the song, but the other says that the lyrics go "Anything goes in, anything goes out. Fish, Banana's, Old Pajamas, Mutton, Beef and Trout."