August 19. 2021

How the movie Airplane! came to be with David Zucker, Airplane's writer and director

Take a listen to this amazing guest and inspiration to movie makers and comedians everywhere – Mr. David Zucker who is best known for his smash 1980 comedy movie Airplane! which he wrote and directed along with his brother Joel and Jim Abrahams (aka “ZAZ”). Of course, Airplane was just the beginning of their journey, but that is what this show is all about. Listen to how that amazing movie come about, how did they get there from the “regular formulaic comedy” that was so popular at the time, and of course the casting. It's just crazy that that movie even exists! "Oh and… I am serious and don’t call me Shirley."

Some movie details – It was made with only a $3.5MM budget but grossed over $170MM. In the years since its release, the film's reputation has grown substantially. Airplane! has been ranked (for those who do the ranking) consistently in the top 5 funniest movies of all time. Also, In 2010, the film was even selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Talk about comic heights!

Also in this episode is Pat McCormack, the Vice President, Global Partnerships for Verizon Media tell his Eureka story about how a single phone call changed his life.

Special thanks to Verizon Media for their amazing support of this series about innovation and inspiration.


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