David Zucker

David Zucker

Performer

With a string of worldwide box office hits and a few classic comedies to his credit, legendary director/writer/producer David Zucker, along with legendary brother Jerry Zucker and equally legendary friend, Jim Abrahams, has established himself among Hollywood’s (or at least Wisconsin’s) most successful filmmakers. Starting out after college, with a borrowed video tape deck and camera, the soon-to-be-legendary trio created the Kentucky Fried Theater, on the UW Madison campus, and moved to California in 1972, quickly becoming the most successful small theater group in Los Angeles history. After parlaying this success into "Kentucky Fried Movie," the three 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!" and "Ruthless People," after which David branched out on his own to direct "The Naked Gun" films, "BASEketball," "Scary Movie 3," "Scary Movie 4," and others. David also found time to produce the successful, but less hilarious "A Walk in The Clouds" and "Phone Booth." Recently, David completed several feature scripts, including "The Star of Malta," a comedy set in the Film Noir era, and Counter Intellijence, an international spy thriller spoof. But mostly, David spends his time enjoying the ‘comedy legend’ status. David currently resides in Brentwood, California, where he's enjoying watching the Green Bay Packers, sheltering wildfire evacuees, and writing his memoir, “Legend: The Legendary Life of A Comedy Legend."