At the Castro Theatre last night, Airplane! — one of the funniest movies of all time — was honored as part of the San Francisco Sketchfest festival.

Forum’s Michael Krasny today talked to the movie’s creators, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, about the film and the roots of their comedy. Interesting tidbit: David Letterman auditioned for the film.

Afterward, I spoke to the trio in KQED’s palatial green room. The following video was shot by interactive news producer Amanda Stupi and directed by Alan Smithee

Audio/Video: Airplane! Creators David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker 1 February,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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