Airplane! (hosted by Jimmy Pardo, co-director David Zucker in person!))

Co-writer/director David Zucker in person, WOW! Jimmy Pardo (host of the Never Not Funny podcast) is known across the stand-up universe for his blistering crowd work, and his machine-gun ability to crack wise on his feet. What better film pick from him than one of the most quick-draw spoofs ever conceived? 35 years on, this landmark Gatling Gun of jokes still remains a gold standard for fast-paced, totally loony, refreshingly absurd film comedy. If ever there was a film that was built for repeat viewings, Airplane!’s it; not a single shot in the entire film whizzes by without at least one gag poking its zany head into frame. And the fact that such a huge number of those gags land is a miracle, for not since the Marx Brothers had this much high-pitched exuberant insanity been so finely tuned and well-crafted. A significant percentage of Airplane!’s memorable lines have instituted themselves permanently as Cinefamily office in-jokes, so you can bet the farm that all of our programming staff will be front-and-center for this one, somehow finding time in-between giggle fits to silently mouth its dialogue while elbowing each other in the ribs.
Dirs. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker, 1980, 35mm, 87 min.

Watch the trailer for “Airplane!”
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