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Joy Nash in Soap Opera Spoof
I first fell in love with "You Tube Darling" Joy Nash, like most of us, when she created the You Tube Video called A Fat Rant. Unlike most internet sensations she did not just wither into oblivion. She has been perfecting her craft as a comedian and actress appearing in more indie productions as well as on mainstream TV (The Mindy Project).
For the last few months she has been a part of a Mexican soap opera spoof called Stallions de Amor (writer/director Efrain Schunior). The spoof is in its second season and Joy is a recurring character, "the mysterious Mercy, a woman whose heaving bosom is only rivaled by her inexplicable secret mission". Joy gets to hone her skills as a "classic soap opera villain" with "devilish catch phrases and delicious signature cackle".
They are finishing up Season Two but the joy of online productions is that you can watch them anytime at your leisure. Season One consists of 20 five-minute episodes which aired last year. That's right five minute episodes (If you take into account the repeating intro and end credits each episode is actually less than five minutes). So if you are waiting in line at the check-out, or staring at the pot of water waiting for it to boil you can watch an episode on your phone. Or you can inhale them all in one sitting on your desktop computer. Season Two consists of 26 episodes, with eight posted online already -- more are to be released soon.
I have been working my way through season one. The main premise is "Who Killed Merlinda Stallion?" Immediately, I was not too sure if this was a show I could get into. The first five minutes are very campy but sometimes campy can be fun and it produced a few chuckles so I kept on watching. There are a bevy of suspects all with interesting personalities. In this season Joy is credited as "The Mystery Woman" but we do not actually see her until the end of the fourth episode other than a sneak peek in the first episode intro. Joy Nash is not the only plus size beauty in this soap. Chris Farah will keep you entertained with her heaving bosom and overacting (a requirement for a soapie spoof) and glaring looks into the camera as Merlinda's daughter Buffy.
In all honesty, this is not my kind of humor so I feel ill equipped to comment on its entertainment value. The upside is the shortness of the episodes. That being said, for such a small online production they paid excellent attention to photography and costume details. The settings are interesting and you can tell despite the spoofiness, excessive sexual innuendo, and smart-ass one liners, that all involved care about the production. In other words, this isn't a fly-by-night production done in someone's garage/basement and posted on YouTube all willy nilly like with hopes of amusing. It is a well thought out production with a goal in mind.
For a small five minute soapie it has quite an extensive cast:
Merlinda Stallion: Drew Droege
Buffy Stallion: Chris Farah
Buck Stallion: Pete Zias
Detective Goodlooking: Shawn Parsons
His Asian Counterpart: Louise Hung
Tia Prudencia: Dorren Calderon
Maria Guadeloupe: Melissa Camillo
Carlos: Andrew Carrillo
Pedro: Raif Derrazi
Beau: Jon Gale
Diego: Matthew Hannon
Esther Stallion: Natalie Lopez
Ricky Martin-ez: Michael Mullen
Victor Sage: David Pavao
Officer Bee: Nicholas Anderson
Jean Snap: Josh Davis
The Lover: Art Hall
Officer Eh: Ryan Kain
Patty: Coco Kleppinger
Esteban: Mikey Scott
Mr. E.: Benjamin Solomonik
Augusta Valentine: Dee Amerio Sudik
Topless: Letty Valladares
With Joy Nash as the Mystery Woman
Watch both seasons at the official Stallions de Amorwebsite.
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