Comedy Legend Skewers Left in Slapstick Carol

Naked Gun director lampoons Michael Moore in new flick
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 2:15 PM CDT
Jon Voight, left, and Kelsey Grammer are seen during a dream sequence on the set of of David Zucker's new comedy, "American Carol."   (AP Photo/MPower Pictures, Sam Emerson)
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(Newser) – They're calling it  “a spoof of A Christmas Carol and contemporary American culture,” from the director that brought you Naked Gun and Airplane! But what the press release doesn't say is that the director is David Zucker, a self-proclaimed “9/11 Republican,” and that American Carol is a brazenly right-wing send-up of Michael Moore as an America-hating Scrooge, to be converted by the ghosts of presidents past.

Zucker has deployed a cast of Hollywood's GOP A-listers, including Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper, and Zucker stalwart Leslie Nielsen. “It outdoes any movie I have ever done in tasteless, offensive, un-PC humor,” says Zucker. The movie is getting advance buzz through the conservative Creative Response Concepts firm, which handled the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign.