SURELY YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS – David Zucker – “Airplane! Legacy Lives On!”

A witty and organized look back at an important movie.

By David Zucker ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 3, 2023

The authors of Airplane!, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, provide an entertaining and insightful look into the making of the classic American comedy. Through the book, they share the story of how they created the sketch comedy group Kentucky Fried Theater in Wisconsin before moving to Los Angeles and gaining a wide following. They also discuss their relationship with director John Landis and the serendipitous discovery of the forgotten airline drama Zero Hour! which became the basis for Airplane!. The authors also share their experiences with Paramount Studios, how Airplane! changed the public perception of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the lasting fondness for the film’s stars. The book is filled with photographs, stills from Airplane!, reviews, and thoughts from luminaries such as David Letterman and the creators of South Park. It is a must-read for film industry and comedy aficionados, as well as anyone who enjoyed the movie. The authors’ journey from Milwaukee to Hollywood and the process of getting Airplane! to Paramount and in theaters is an inspiring story of self-belief and perseverance.

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 2023
ISBN: 9781250289315

Page Count: 320
Publisher: St. Martin’s

Review Posted Online: June 28, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2023