Surely You Can’t Be Serious: Inside the Making of Airplane with Zucker and Abrahams

Get ready to laugh out loud and learn a thing or two about comedy with Sean Dillon and his guests, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams! In this hilarious and insightful episode, they discuss their classic comedy film, ‘Airplane!’, and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this timeless classic. Don’t miss out on this fun and informative conversation, only on Beyond the Mic!

Welcome David Zucker and Jim Abrahams:

We’re joined on the Starline by 2 of the filmmakers, writers, directors and creators of the greatest comedy movie ever, the 1980’s classic “Airplane”. Authors of “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!” We welcome David Zucker and Jim Abrahams.

Friends, Let’s go Beyond the Mic. When promoting Airplane you were so bored of doing interviews you tried to get the biggest lie in print. Who took 2nd place?

How did Hollywood, the stuffiest group next to my ex-wife let three guys from Wisconsin make their dreams come true?

David what’s the best recipe for avocado that doesn’t involve toast or chips?

Jim, favorite Keto recipe?

Why was writing this book important for you both right now?

“Making a movie is fun; trying to raise the money is horrible.” “Stop taking stupid advice” are some of the great quotes from the book. What’s the one thing you wish you did differently in the beginning?

Sneaking in One More Question:

In this book you have notable Hollywood stars discussing the impact your movies had on them. Did that shock you or reinforce the $5,000 investment you made in yourselves in the beginning?

One Big Question:

In the past you have said that you could make Airplane today, but without all the jokes. How has your appreciation of comedy changed and evolved since Airplane?

The Wrap:

The book is “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!” go read it and then watch Airplane and appreciate the comedy in a new light. Jim Abrahams and David Zucker,  thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

Check out Zucker and Abrahams book “Surely You Can’t Be Serious” here.

Listen to other Beyond the Mic conversations with directors here.

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