The Hialeah Series, a web series on Facebook, just won Best Web Series at the Omni Cultural TV Fest. And, I couldn’t be happier for the producers; David Vargas, Javier Mayol and Melissa Carcache.
I first met the crew from Hialeah, A Comedy Series in November 2018, over Cuban sandwiches in the heart of it all, Hialeah. My meeting with them was a delicate dance of savoring each bite while trying not to drool from laughing too much. Seriously. The trio of masterminds behind the series —David Vargas (the bearded), Javier Mayol (the witty) and Melissa Carcache (the talented)— are seriously funny. We met up at Trigo Café on 49th Street. Judging by the fact that there was a funeral parlor next door —that I was not going into— I knew it was going to be a good day. Funeral home or not, if you want to feel like family and feast on modern-day Cuban food mixed with cafecito and their Spanish Bon Bon (cafecito + crack), visit these people. That’s for another story, though.
“I’m nervous just writing this piece because I know my humor doesn’t stand up to these guys.“
Anyway, this comedy producer trio put me in my place.
In between cafés con leche and my croqueta preparada I was covertly wiping up food from the table as I tried to control my laughter. I mean, I’m nervous just writing this piece because I know my humor doesn’t stand up to these guys. I think I’m a little funny. But I’m not the envious kind of funny, more like a “people laugh AT me” funny, not “people laugh WITH me” funny. Watch the video below. This equipo is funny-funny.
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The team here has taken their childhood experiences and Cuban family idiosyncrasies growing up in Hialeah and turned them into exactly what you’d expect in a comedy sketch. With a slight Qué Pasa USA sabor, the Hialeah Series turns the mundane events of everyday life into bite-size LOL-worthy quarantine content that you should consume multiple times.
“…the series represents any ethnic, immigrant family — Cuban, Italian, Greek, Yiddish/Jewish, whatever.”
If you’re Cuban American, it’s a must-see. You’ll get it immediately. If you’re not, you’ll still get it, because the series represents any ethnic, immigrant family — Cuban, Italian, Greek, Yiddish/Jewish, whatever. It’s the kind of loud, in-your-face, relatable laughs that deserve to be on Netflix.
If you ever meet the Hialeah Series gang; David, Javier, Melissa or Noel (Melissa’s brother on the show, who I also had the pleasure of hanging with at another time), tell them I really am funny. Thanks.
In the meantime, binge the Hialeah Series while you’re stuck at home on Facebook.