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Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker

Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker
Pseudonym Kentucky Fried Theatre
Medium Film
Nationality American
Years active 1977-1994
Genres Slapstick comedy
Subject(s) parodies, visual gags
Influences Peter Sellers, Monty Python, Woody Allen
Members David Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Jerry Zucker

Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker (abbreviated ZAZ) were an American comedy filmmaking trio consisting of Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker who specialized in writing slapstick comedy films during the 1980s and the early 1990s. The trio knew each other during their childhood years, growing up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and attended Shorewood High School, which is sometimes referenced in their work. While attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the trio formed a theater group called "Kentucky Fried Theater", which led to their sketch comedy film, The Kentucky Fried Movie.

This was followed in 1980 by the trio's breakout hit, Airplane!, which remains a revered comedic milestone. Subsequent collaborations include the TV series Police Squad! and the films Top Secret!, Ruthless People, and The Naked Gun. All of their projects relied heavily on parodies, visual gags and breaking of the fourth wall, and established a strong cult following. The notable stylistic exception is Ruthless People, a more traditional farce that was directed by the trio, but unlike their other productions, not written by them.

Prominent ZAZ players include Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Charlie Sheen. The trio's status as a three-person team of co-directors is highly unusual, although some of their later projects were directed by David Zucker working solo, and with Jerry Zucker and Abrahams credited only as producers and/or writers. Each member of the group has also had individual careers:

Filmography

Below is a filmography chart on which films the trio have directed together and solo:

David
Zucker
Jim
Abrahams
Jerry
Zucker
Airplane! (1980)
NoN
NoN
NoN
Top Secret! (1984)
NoN
NoN
NoN
Ruthless People (1986)
NoN
NoN
NoN
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
NoN
Big Business (1988)
NoN
Ghost (1990)
NoN
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
NoN
Hot Shots! (1991)
NoN
Brain Donors (1992)
NoN
NoN
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
NoN
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
NoN
For Goodness Sake (1993)
NoN
First Knight (1995)
NoN
...First Do No Harm (1997)
NoN
BASEketball (1998)
NoN
Mafia! (1998)
NoN
Rat Race (2001)
NoN
My Boss's Daughter (2003)
NoN
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
NoN
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
NoN
An American Carol (2008)
NoN

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