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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:


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.