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Let's rewatch the time Stormy Daniels crushed Ken Marino's balls on Party Down

The name Stormy Daniels has been all over the news lately, what with the former adult film actress allegedly having had a months-long affair with our president in 2006 as his wife while he was still a national punchline (and his wife was still recovering from childbirth). Reports circulated that Donald Trump’s lawyer paid $130,000 in hush money to Daniels just before the election, and just a few days ago Daniels filed her own lawsuit against Trump for apparently not signing their non-disclosure agreement. He’s a smart one.


Though this might be the first you’ve heard of the name Stormy Daniels, it’s probably not the first time you’ve seen the actress. Daniels actually has a fairly extensive resume in non-pornographic works, with small roles in Judd Apatow’s The 40 Year-Old Virgin, FX’s Courtney Cox-starring series Dirt, and Comedy Central’s Mind Of Mencia. Sure, she was usually playing the role of “porn star,” but work’s work.

Her most robust role, as UpWorthy’s Parker Molloy points out, came in Starz’s cult classic series Party Down, an A.V. Club favorite that ran for two seasons back in 2009. In season one episode “Sin Say Shun Awards Afterparty,” she played—surprise—a porn star feuding with a colleague over the award for “best blowjob.” Later, she sizes up the porn prospects of Ken Marino’s hapless Ron Donald before accidentally crushing his balls with her award, which is shaped like a giant, golden dildo.

Check out her scenes above and below or, if you haven’t, just watch all of Party Down.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.