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Whatever happened to bizarro fan club videos?

Whatever happened to bizarro fan club videos? (photo)

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That was the question I had this weekend after Cinematical unearthed “At Home with Corky Nemec,” a surreal tour through the bedroom and the mind of “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” star Corin Nemec.

If you don’t remember Nemec as Fox’s answer to Ferris Bueller, or for the short-lived film career that followed during the early ’90s (which included a role in 1994 Wesley Snipes skydiving actioner “Drop Zone”), you won’t be able to forget him as a good-natured, Bob Marley-worshipping teen with his “interesting array of wax dripping over skulls” after watching a few minutes of the clip.

Nemec’s still working, starring in projects like “Mansquito” and the occasional “CSI: Miami” guest spot, but fan club video is all but dead, which seems strange in the age of YouTube. (Or thoroughly understandable, considering how ridiculous many one-time teen idols appear now, rattling off their likes and dislikes in a cheaply produced appeal to fans that will be kicking around the web forever.)

Gone are the days when you’d wait for a very light VHS-shaped package to arrive in your mailbox after filling out a leaflet from Tiger Beat. You won’t see Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson appearing in anything similar any time soon — though that hasn’t stopped others from doing the work for them, which you might’ve noticed if you’ve seen the walls at your local video store lined with “Robsessed.”

Today, all someone in Nemec’s position would have to do is open a Twitter account à la Ashton Kutcher and let loose (or have their assistant do it for them), rather than subject themselves to 15 minutes in front of the camera waxing on about their love of Gumby.

There’s something sad about that, especially if you’ve seen the granddaddy of these kind of clips: Corey Haim’s “Me Myself and I,” a half-hour “video diary” filmed at the height of the “Lost Boys” star’s popularity — and of his drug use, which makes the whole thing a little tragic once you get past how bizarre, funny and oddly decadent it is. Made in 1989, “Me Myself and I” was intended to both speak to Haimster devotees and signal a different direction for the star; as Haim himself says in the video, he’s striving to break free of younger brother roles to play the older brother or “the only brother.”

Whether drifting past the frame on an inflatable alligator in a pool or splayed out on a white leather couch, the then-17-year-old Haim is featured dishing on a variety of subjects from his career to his eclectic interests of John Ritter and Japanese funk. (Yes, a significant portion of “Me Myself and I” is devoted to his “music.”) Unfortunately, it appears to be the relic of a bygone era, but please enjoy while you can:

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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