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Diane Franklin and Amanda Wyss interview on pop my culture podcast

Diane Franklin and Amanda Wyss (the leading ladies of the 80s classic “Better Off Dead”) chat with Cole and Vanessa about the E.L. James Twitter Q&A, President Obama on WTF, the new Spiderman reboot, internet trolls, Savage Steve Holland, the Better Off Dead Live Read at SF Sketchfest, curly hair, Orphan Black, John Cusack, Orange is the New Black and the missing Beth hangers.

Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first time you went skiing, and if you liked it) on our website for a chance to win a Better Off Dead Blu-Ray and art print signed by Diane and Amanda!

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Diane Franklin and Amanda Wyss with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton

Better off dead signed dvd and print signed by Diane and Amanda!


  • Comment by Kevin — July 7, 2015 @ 5:58 am

    I never went skiing, but I went snowboarding once and sprained my wrist and have never gone back.

  • Comment by James — July 7, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

    1978, Mammoth Mountain on one ski (not really), CA. LOVED IT at 4 years old and still loving it.

  • Comment by attaboy — July 7, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

    I guess she won’t be eating spicy foods for awhile…

  • Comment by Jeffrey Toale — July 7, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

    Went with friends that loved to ski at a really small place on the east coast. I absolutely hated it. Each ski seemed to want to do it’s own thing, either crossing over each other, or trying to rip me in half from the crotch on up.
    Really wasn’t happy with them for talking me into this suicidal winter sport. I figured I’d just go back to snowmobiles.
    But the next year a new girlfriend talked me back onto a snowy mountain. She swore it would be different, and that I would love it. I took a lesson, then hit the trails for 8 more hours. It was like flying. It was bliss. What made such a big difference the second time? I was on a snowboard, which I continued to love for decades.

  • Comment by Ryan — July 8, 2015 @ 7:39 am

    I’ve never actually been skiing. I was a painfully uncoordinated kid and have zero balance, so the thought of skiing never appealed to me. Oddly enough, however, my older brother was an accomplished skier and was inspired to do so because of Better of Dead. He has been obsessed with the movie since it first came out and took up skiing because of it.

  • Comment by Anthony Rubio — July 8, 2015 @ 8:46 am

    bever went skiing. It snowed a couple times where I live and being a skateboarder I had a lot of extra decks. So we’d take them out to the hills run and jump and use them as a snowboard.

  • Comment by Allen — July 9, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    The first, and only, time I went skiing was when I was 8, with my parents. I didn’t like it, but I liked the hot chocolate.

  • Comment by Jason Zeimet — July 9, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    I hated my first skiing lesson so much that I swung my ski pole right into the face of my ski instructor. My dad was pissed.
    I guess that’s what he gets for trying to tell me what to do and calling himself a “ski instructor” for the day….

  • Comment by Eric Yau — July 10, 2015 @ 7:19 pm

    I never got a chance to really ski but I always wanted to try it. When I was 10, my front lawn had nice little slope. One winter it snowed and then freezing rain hardened the snow. So I got the idea to tie two rectangular shaped laundry baskets and go down the slope on them. I walked to the edge slowly and lean forward to go down the slope, it was really slick and I went so fast that I fell back. But I still had enough momentum to keep going to the bottom of the slope where I fell into a ditch and made a human shaped crater.

  • Comment by Chris — July 21, 2015 @ 9:40 am

    Great Listen!Better off Dead is my favorite movie and it’s always a blast hearing the cast discuss the film. I’ve met several of the cast members and found them all to be very nice. I’ve never been skiing but am going for the first time with a group in a few months in the Pocannos. I’ll be sure to avoid anything hill that looks like the K-12. 😉

  • Comment by Collin — July 21, 2015 @ 2:44 pm

    I first went skiing at six years old. I really liked it until the end of the first day, when my sister and I got lost within the ski resort and couldn’t find our hotel. We just wandered around for a couple of hours, me crying and carrying those skis which seemed to weigh 100 lbs. But it all got better the next day when my mom failed to get off the ski lift in time and they had to stop it and back it up for her while my sister and I laughed our butts off.

  • Comment by Leia — August 15, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    As adults in our 20’s, 4 of us went skiing & for 3 of us it was our first time. First time we tried to get on the lift, my friend wasn’t standing in the right spot, it hit her & knocked her down. They had to hit the e-stop on the lift. When we finally got to the top of the hill & she got off the lift, down she went again & once again they hit the e-stop as she was right in the way of other skiers getting off. Of course it was no quick matter getting her back up on her feet with skis on. To top it off the 2 easy hills were on opposite sides of this place. So we had to go on a harder, bigger hill to get to the other side. I was flying down the hill feeling pretty proud of myself…and then it came time to stop. I wiped out so hard & my skis flew off my feet in opposite directions. When I picked myself up, everybody waiting to get on the lift was staring at me. So, finally we get to the other bunny hill & after going down it successfully a few times one of my other friends decided to go over the smallest jump while going down the hill. She wiped out on the landing & again we struggled to get her back on her feet. Needless to say our 1st time skiing was pretty epic & I think our favorite part was the hot chocolate in the lodge. I’m convinced that skiing is a sport that you should start as a child.

  • Comment by Alwin — September 13, 2015 @ 6:37 pm

    Seems like being POTUS means there’s no crime of inhumanity you can commit and not be punished for. I don’t think I’ll live to see justice, where Marc Maron interviews a past/present/future POTUS with the POTUS behind prison bars, serving life without possibility of parole/commutation/clemency/pardon/escape after being convicted for war crimes before the ICC.

  • Comment by Alwin — September 13, 2015 @ 6:40 pm

    eh, delete the last one, bad syntax.

    Seems like being POTUS means that any crime of inhumanity you can commit, you won’t be punished for, ever. I don’t think I’ll live to see justice, where Marc Maron (or anyone) interviews a past/present/future POTUS with the POTUS behind prison bars, serving life without possibility of parole/commutation/clemency/pardon/escape after being convicted for war crimes before the ICC.

  • Comment by Mitzi — October 18, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found
    a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There
    was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely
    off topic but I had to tell someone!

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