“Airplane!” 40th Anniversary Reunion Panel
SF Sketchfest presents the “Airplane!” 40th anniversary reunion panel with a special conversation with co-writer/co-director David Zucker (one third of the classic comedy writing/directing ZAZ trio with brother Jerry Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, who were also responsible for comedy classics “The Naked Gun,” “Kentucky Fried Movie,” “Top Secret” and “Police Squad!”) Joining Zucker onstage is leading man Robert Hays (“Ted Striker”) and leading lady Julie Hagerty (“Elaine Dickinson”) for an afternoon of funny stories and audience Q&A, moderated by “Rifftrax” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” funnyman Kevin Murphy. “Airplane!,” one of the most beloved comedy films of all time, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, in 1980 and is number ten on AFI’s “100 Years…100 Laughs” list. Fasten your seatbelts for the film that brought us Ted Striker’s “drinking problem,” Otto Pilot, jive-talking Barbara Billingsley, a feud over the uses of the red zone and the white zone, and the reinvention of the wonderful Leslie Nielsen as a comedy superstar. Surely you will have a great time. And don’t call me Shirley.
Videography by Jim Granato
Photography by Liezl Estipona
Title music written by Marc Capelle & Monte Vallier
Title music performed by Marc Capelle, Bart Davenport, Devin Hoff, Todd Roper, Kelley Stoltz
Thank you to Steven Levy, Fran Saperstein, and Randi Siegel