With a string of worldwide box office hits and a few classic comedies to his credit, director/writer/producer David Zucker has established himself as one of Hollywood’s (or at least Milwaukee’s) most successful filmmakers.
Starting out after college with a borrowed video tape deck and camera, David, with brother Jerry, and friend Jim Abrahams created the Kentucky Fried Theater, in the back of a Madison, Wisconsin bookstore. Moving the show to Los Angeles in 1972, with their groundbreaking style of outrageous sketch comedy, they quickly became the most successful small theater group in Los Angeles history.
After parlaying this success into an iconic independent feature, Kentucky Fried Movie, David, Jim, and Jerry conceived the idea that would create a whole new film genre. Airplane! broke all conventions, featuring dramatic actors like Robert Stack and Leslie Nielsen performing zany jokes with straight-laced sincerity. The spoof became the surprise hit of 1980, beginning a streak of hilarious movies including Top Secret! Ruthless People, The Naked Guns, BASEketball, and Scary Movies 3, 4 and 5.
David also found time to produce the successful, but somewhat less hilarious A Walk in The Clouds and Phone Booth. Currently, David is working on a pilot for a new spy spoof TV series, “Counter Inteligence”, and a Film Noir spoof, Death by Murder.