A Lost Script from the Files of the ‘Police Squad!’
Airplane! The Naked Gun. Kentucky Fried Movie. When it comes to the classics of modern comedy, Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker were kings. After several popular films, the trio went to ply their trade on television, bringing along one of their secret weapons from Airplane!, Leslie Nielsen. In 1982, AB... [Read More]
How the creators of Airplane! pulled off one of the funniest jokes we’ve ever heard
Holy hell! This is one of the funniest stories we’ve heard in a long time. Ask yourself, “how far are you willing to go for a joke?” Once you’ve determined that, realize that David Zucker is willing to take it even further. First some background. David Zucker and his brother ... [Read More]
SF Sketchfest lifts veil off 2014 performer list
Once again, San Francisco’s getting sketchy in January. That’s our awkwardly-phrased way to let you know that the 13th Annual SF Sketchfest, The San Francisco Comedy Festival, taking place from January 23 – February 9, has named their list of confirmed performers for the festival. ... [Read More]
Garry Shandling, Murphy Brown, Cloris Leachman, Airplane! and more! At the 10th annual SF Sketchfest
Among the big highlights are panels toasting: Airplane!, with Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker & Robert Hays; The 25th anniversary of It's Garry Shandling's Show with Shandling & Alan Zweibel; Murphy Brown with Candice Bergen & Diane English; SNL'ers Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman & Tom Davis; Cloris Leachman; Brian Henson & Neil Patrick Harris on the Muppets. [Read More]
'Airplane' and 'Naked Gun’s' David Zucker Pens Tribute to Leslie Nielsen | THR
Filmmaker fondly recalls to The Hollywood Reporter the friend and actor who ‘never broke character, never let on that he knew he was being funny.’: "It was summer 1979, a full three weeks before the start of shooting for Airplane! and our casting director had finally had enough. Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Peter Graves and now Leslie … who?" [Read More]
The Rules and Lingo of Comedy Writing | The Comedy Nerds
In this week’s episode we take a look at the comedy writing lingo and the rules of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, the film making trio that brought you Airplane!, The Naked Gun and Top Secret! Showing that even in comedies as seemingly scattershot as the ZAZ films, there is a method to the madness. [Read More]