Ted star Max Burkholder might have been born in the ’90s, but the 1980 cult classic Airplane! still resonated with him like few other comedies. On this episode of The Spark Parade, Burkholder gushes about the silly world of Airplane!, a style of comedy that grabbed him and never let go.
Even though he’s a massive fan now, Burkolder’s relationship with Airplane! has morphed and grown throughout the years. The actor admits that, upon first viewing, the performances in the film were so subtle he didn’t realize it was a comedy. He’s since grown to adore its blend of deadpan humor, slapstick, and surrealism, and it’s proven to be a major influence for his work on Ted, a show from another one of his creative heroes, Seth MacFarlane.
“The biggest influence on me comedically, just in terms of my sense of humor, is Family Guy [and] Seth MacFarlane,” he explains. “It would be difficult not to see Airplane!’s influence on his sense of humor.”
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Host Adam Unze (The Opus) explores creativity in all its forms on The Spark Parade by asking musicians, artists, comedians, and other creators to share the single cultural work that has most inspired them. Whether it comes from the world of music, film, comedy, visual art, or literature, we all have something that sparks our own creative desires. On The Spark Parade, guests reveal the single piece of art that ignites within them to fire of creation.