Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker

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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
Notable works and roles Airplane!
Top Secret!
Ruthless People
The Naked Gun
Members David Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Jerry Zucker
WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
1980 Airplane!

Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker (abbreviated ZAZ) was 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 film collaborations include 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, Charlie Sheen, and Anna Faris. 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[edit]

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

David
Zucker
Jim
Abrahams
Jerry
Zucker
Big Business
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Ghost
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Hot Shots!
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Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
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Hot Shots! Part Deux
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For Goodness Sake
NoN
First Knight
NoN
...First Do No Harm
NoN
BASEketball
NoN
Mafia!
NoN
Rat Race
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My Boss's Daughter
NoN
Scary Movie 3
NoN
Scary Movie 4
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An American Carol
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