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 Wisconsin’s) most successful filmmakers.
Starting out after college in Milwaukee, with a borrowed video tape deck and camera, David, with brother Jerry, and friend Jim Abrahams, created the Kentucky Fried Theater, setting up shop in the back of a Madison 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 an entirely 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 not so hilarious A Walk in The Clouds and Phone Booth. He’s currently working on the next film in the The Naked Gun series with longtime writing partners, Pat Proft and Mike McManus, and he’s completed and will be shopping The Star of Malta, which is a somewhat twisted version of Film Noir. David currently resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys the NFL season.