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Sunday, February 8 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Better Off Dead 30th Anniversary Live Read with writer/director Savage Steve Holland, original cast members Curtis Armstrong, Kim Darby, Diane Franklin and Amanda Wyss & guest understudies Jon Heder, Kevin Pollak and more

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Hard to believe it's been 30 years since Lane Meyer took on the K12 with only one ski to win the heart of a French foreign exchange student whose host mother he accidentally blew up! Yes, that beloved teen cult-classic "Better Off Dead" is celebrating a big milestone, and what better way to ring it in than with a live read of the script with original cast members and celebrity understudies! Writer/director Savage Steve Holland will preside over original actors Curtis Armstrong (the drug-obssessed Charles De Mar), Diane Franklin (french fruit-hurler Monique Junot), Amanda Wyss (Beth Truss, the one-that-got-away) and Kim Darby (bacon-boiling oddball mother Jenny Meyer), and guest understudies Jon Heder, Kevin Pollak, Paul F. Tompkins, Eddie Pepitone, Steve Agee, Annie Savage, Paul Brittain, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney. Buy your tickets in advance before Johnny the Paperboy demands $2! $30 All Ages

Due to a change in their schedules, Doug Benson and Fred Willard will no longer be appearing. 

Performers
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Amanda Wyss

Amanda Wyss was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, a cool coastal enclave south of Los Angeles. Some of her most memorable film performances are in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Son of Darkness" movies, "Better Off Dead," "Silverad... Read More →
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Annie Savage

Annie Savage has performed on stage in numerous sketch and improv shows, most notably as a Conservatory Grad from Second City, L.A. She was a troupe member on “National Lampoon’s National Sketch Show Tour” and wrote, produced and starred in the sketch show, “Stupid Annie and her Stupid... Read More →
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Cole Stratton

Cole Stratton wears a lot of hats. Not literal ones, as he has a tiny head and it just doesn't look right. He is the co-founder of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, a month-long annual event highlighting the best in improv, sketch, stand-up, TV and film comedy. No... Read More →
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Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong made his film debut as Tom Cruise’s best friend in "Risky Business" and went on to appear in nearly 50 films, including "Revenge of the Nerds," "Better off Dead," "Dodgeball," "Akeelah and the Bee," Ray and most recently, "Sparkle." | | Armstrong has also appeared in many stage and television productions and is well known for recurring roles on "Supernatural," "New Girl," "The Closer," "Boston Legal" and "The Game," as well as a memorable series regular role on... Read More →
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Diane Franklin

Diane Franklin is the most excellent babe of the 80s. Best known for her innocent charm, dialects and curly dark hair, Diane starred in several iconic cult films that keep the 80s memorable. Making her film debut as dream girl, Karen, in "The Last American Virgin" (1982), Diane continued to work and television, until 1985, when she landed a break-out role as Monique Junet, the unconventional and spirited French-exchange student, in the hilarious comedy "Better Off Dead" (1985). Audiences may also recognize Diane as Princess Joanna, the Medieval babe from "Bill... Read More →
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Eddie Pepitone

They call him the Bitter Buddha, comedian Eddie Pepitone is a master of the dark art of comedy. Hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle. | | Eddie is a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone. | | In addition to his regular stand-up shows, Eddie is stand-out comic/character actor. Beginning in New York... Read More →
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Janet Varney

Janet is a writer, producer, improviser, and Emmy-nominated actress based in Los Angeles, which is in California, which is in the United States (see globe). She stars in the IFC horror comedy series “Stan Against Evil,” and as Becca on FXX’s “You’re the Worst” and as... Read More →
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Jon Heder

Jon Heder became an overnight sensation and gained an instant cult following with his feature film debut in the title role of the offbeat comedy “Napoleon Dynamite.”  Heder’s endearing portrayal of the somewhat nerdy high schooler who helps his friend Pedro get elected class president was a huge financial success and brought him two MTV Movie Awards, one in the category of Breakthrough Male and a second for Best Musical Performance for his crowd-pleasing election night dance... Read More →
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Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. He has appeared in over sixty films, as well as countless television projects, and has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career. In addition to his acting talents, he has also proven himself as both a writer, producer and recently a director and a talk show host. | | Pollak first started performing stand-up comedy at the age of ten. He became a touring professional stand-up at age twenty. In 1988, shortly after Kevin shot his first HBO stand-up special, he landed a role in "Willow," directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas. In 1989, he got his first dramatic acting role in Barry... Read More →
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Kim Darby

Kim Darby starred as Jenny Meyer, Lane's mother in Savage Steve Holland's teen classic "Better Off Dead." She co-starred in the original "True Grit" (1969) opposite John Wayne and Glen Campbell. Other film work includes "Bye, Bye Birdie," "The One and Only" and "Halloween: The Cu... Read More →
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Paul Brittain

Paul Brittain is an actor, writer, comedian living in Los Angeles. A native of the Chicago area, Paul started his career performing improv and sketch with some of Chicago's city's famed comedy theaters including Improv Olympic, The Annoyance, and Second City. From there he moved to New York to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live" from 2010 - 2012 where he performed such characters as "Sex" Ed Vincent, Goran "Funky Boy" Bogdan, and Lord Cecil Wyndemere and celebrity impressions including James Franco, Johnny Depp, and Ron Paul... Read More →
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Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins hosts the Fusion channel’s "No, You Shut Up!", the web series "Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins," the podcasts The Pod F. Tompkast and The Dead Authors Podcast, and the live variety show Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkins at the West Hollywood theatre Largo at The... Read More →
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Savage Steve Holland

Marvelously quirky and creative writer, director, producer and animator Savage Steve Holland was born in 1960. Holland earned the childhood nickname Savage after he kicked a kid in the teeth during a soccer game. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Holla... Read More →
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Steve Agee

Steve is best known for playing Steve Myron on Comedy Central’s "The Sarah Silverman Program" and Outside Dave on Fox’s "New Girl." Prior to that, Steve was a writer for ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and MTV’s "The Andy Milonakis Show." More recently, Steve has made appearances on "Community," "2 Broke Girls," "Happy Endings," "Childrens Hospital," and done voice over for... Read More →