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Wednesday, Jan 26 2011
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The broad slapstick and so-dumb-they’re-brilliant one-liners of the Abrahams/Zucker Brothers films begot crapfests such as Scary Movie and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but surely you can’t hold that against the folks behind Airplane!, which may stand as the Platonic ideal of 1980s comedy. Memorable quotes from the film — “Have you ever seen a grown man naked?” or “‘A hospital? What is it?’ ‘It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now’” — are encoded in the cultural DNA of the time. Still, the jokes haven’t lost their hilarity despite the years and countless citations by stoned undergrads. This S.F. Sketchfest event pays tribute to the seminal comedy and careers of Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker, who also brought us The Naked Gun, Kentucky Fried Movie, and Police Squad! The tribute features a screening of Airplane!, certain to be more fun than catching the film on TBS at 2 a.m. after stumbling home from the bar. There will also be a freewheeling conversation among Abrahams, the Zuckers, and moderator Robert Hays, better known as Ted Striker, the reluctant pilot of Airplane! with a drinking problem (he spills his drinks). A tribute like this won’t strike from the record all the shitty knockoffs that have proliferated in the 31 years since Airplane!’s release, but it’s an opportunity for Abrahams and the Zuckers to remind their would-be heirs how to do it right.
Mon., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., 2011

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