I’ll admit it: I drank the Kool-Aid. I thought that, as the lights went down one final time on the set of Full House, they were simultaneously rising on the career of Andrea Barber.
I was sure we had found Julia Robert’s successor as America’s Sweetheart. Seriously, if Kimmy Gibler went public, I’d have been a majority shareholder. But then, she just fell off the country’s radar. We had forgotten about the Next Big Thing.
So, fourteen years after Full House, I went digging on the internets to see what ever became of Andrea Barber.
First Stop: Andrea’s page on IMDB.com: Noteworthy Credits: All of them, bitches. I already told you she was supposed to be America’s Sweetheart. Specifically though, Full House, and hmm, what’s this? A little film called Skateboard Kid 2 (go straight to 1:14 for the good stuff).
Next Stop: Skateboard Kid 2 page on IMDB. “12 year old Sammy takes to the skies with the help of a magical flying skateboard.” Sure, I’ll click here to read more…
Next Stop: Netflix.com. Guess what just moved to the top of my queue? See above.
Next Stop: Google.com. Woah, the second result is the “unofficial Andrea Barber Homepage!” It’s unofficial? Where’s the official Andreabarber.com? Who’s got that sweet piece of e-real estate? Surprisingly, there is no official one. One of the major oversights on the world wide web.
Next Stop: Urban Dictionary.com. Searching Kimmy Gibbler, hold please. And the results come up: “When you refuse to leave after you have a one night stand, even when they ask you nicely.” Oh, man, that ain’t right. You show America’s Sweetheart some respect.
And then I kind of hit a dead end. Some lame members.tripod fan pages, but nothing on scale with what you would expect from the Tanner’s next-door-neighbor…
But it’s all a cheap substitute for the Andrea Barber Experience that never was.