When they worked together, the writing-directing team of Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, along with David's brother, Jerry, were known for turning out a number of hit comedies, including "Airplane!" and "Ruthless People." But after "Ruthless People," Abrahams and the Zuckers parted company, working on their own projects--Abrahams directed last summer's "Hot Shots," while David turned out his "Naked Gun" films and Jerry directed "Ghost."
Now Abrahams and David Zucker are reuniting on what, at first glance, appears to be an unlikely project for them--a pilot for a possible series of videos or a television series starring popular KABC radio talk-show host, author and lecturer Dennis Prager. A 30-minute video, "For Goodness Sake," begins taping this week and will be directed by both Zucker and Abrahams. According to Zucker, who has put up his own money to get the show off the ground, "For Goodness Sake," which he calls "an experiment," will highlight Prager's convictions on morality, ethics and values, against a humorous background.
"This is the only way to get this kind of material out there," insists Zucker, who says he's been listening to Prager's highly rated weekend radio show for the last eight years. "You can't preach to people, but if you're entertaining them, you can get away with stuff like this." According to Zucker, the video will consist of 62 comedy vignettes, some introduced by Prager and featuring such performers as Charlton Heston, Ed Begley Jr., Jon Lovitz, Faith Ford, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows.