With his younger brother Jerry and high school pal Jim Abrahams, David Zucker is responsible for a series of corny, but often hilarious, spoofs of popular movie genres. The Zucker brothers first collaborated on comic Super-8 films they made as they were growing up in suburban Wisconsin. After completing studies at the University of Wisconsin, he and his brother teamed with Abrahams to form the multi-media troupe Kentucky Fried Theater, which combined live-action with video and film. Relocating to L.A. in 1972, the trio opened a West Coast branch of their show and over a four year period became a critical and audience success.
The three raised enough money to finance a collection of short parodies that became the raunchy indie “The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977). The team, often referred to as ZAZ, first enjoyed mainstream success with “Airplane!” (1980), a gag-filled parody of disaster epics that successfully cast such stalwarts as Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack and… read more