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Horatio Sanz
Sanz in 2015
Horacio Sanz

(1969-06-04) June 4, 1969 (age 55)
Santiago, Chile
  • Comedian
  • actor
Years active1994–present
RelativesCarlos Sanz (brother)

Horacio Sanz[1] (born June 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Horatio Sanz, is an American comedian and actor. Sanz was a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2006.

Early life


Sanz was born on June 4, 1969, in Santiago to Sylvia and Carlos Sanz.[2] He is the youngest of three sons and the younger brother of actor Carlos Sanz. He grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.[3]



Sanz performed at various theaters in Chicago, including The Court Theater and The Second City, where he was a member of their Chicago ETC theater. While in Chicago, Sanz was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) sketch comedy and improv troupe. Sanz can still be seen regularly performing with the sketch troupe at their long-running improv show "ASSSSCAT 3000", at both of the UCB's comedy theaters, located in New York City and Los Angeles.

Saturday Night Live


Sanz joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in September 1998 as the first Hispanic cast member.[citation needed] At the beginning of SNL's 31st season, he was the temporary replacement for Tina Fey as Amy Poehler's Weekend Update co-anchor while Fey was on maternity leave until she resumed her duties on October 22, 2005. On September 20, 2006, SNL announced that Sanz would not be returning due to budget cuts.[4][5]

Sanz returned to SNL as a guest on February 3, 2007, appearing as Elton John, and on November 3, as presidential candidate Bill Richardson and again on the December 17, 2011, Christmas show as himself in a musical number ("I Wish It Was Christmas Today") and as a member of Beethoven's orchestra ("Beethoven: Meet The Band").

Characters on SNL


After SNL


Sanz was part of the cast of the short-lived ABC sitcom In the Motherhood in 2009, playing the role of Horatio the "manny" (male nanny).[7] In 2010, Sanz and his former SNL castmate Chris Parnell starred together on Big Lake, a Comedy Central sitcom from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. From 2010 to 2011, Sanz was a writer and producer on the Comedy Central sketch series Nick Swardson's Pretend Time.

In 2015, he started his own podcast called The Hooray Show, which features comedy sketches and interviews with his friends in comedy.[citation needed]

Sanz appeared as a guest on The Big Alakens, the Big Lake marathon fundraiser episode of The George Lucas Talk Show.

Personal life


In November 2008, Sanz made his first public appearance in almost a year, after having lost 100 pounds (45 kg; 7 stlb). "I've been eating better", Sanz said. "I've been trying to come up with a joke about how I've lost weight and I was going to say, 'I stopped putting nuts in my sundaes.'" He also says, "I never weighed myself when I was at my fattest, because I was scared I might die'." Sanz says he has been working out, too.[8]

He became an American citizen on July 25, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.[9][better source needed]

Sexual assault allegation


On August 12, 2021, a lawsuit was filed against Sanz, accusing him of sexual assault. The plaintiff, remaining anonymous, claimed that Sanz groped her and made sexual comments to her when she was under the age of 18. The lawsuit also stated that both Saturday Night Live and NBC permitted and enabled him to groom and harm her, and accused Sanz of a direct assault that allegedly happened in front of other staff members in May 2002. Sanz responded through his attorney, calling the allegations "categorically false."[10]

NBCUniversal filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in April 2022, stating "Employers owe no general duty to protect third-persons from the possibility of sexual abuse by their employees".[11] In August 2022, the accuser requested that Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, and Lorne Michaels be added to the lawsuit as defendants, alleging they enabled Sanz's behavior.[11] On November 23, 2022, Horatio Sanz settled with the accuser and the lawsuit was dismissed.[12]




Year Title Role Notes
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Orderly
2000 Road Trip French Toast Guy
2001 Tomcats Steve
2002 The New Guy Dance Instructor
2003 Boat Trip Nick Ragoni
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Vic Ramalot
2005 Rebound Mr. Newirth
2005 The Man Santos Uncredited
2006 School for Scoundrels Diego
2007 Lucky You Ready Eddie
2008 Step Brothers Lead singer of Billy Joel cover band
2009 Me Time Sam Short
2009 Year One Enmebaragesi
2009 May the Best Man Win The Mayor
2010 Freak Dance Barrio's Brother
2011 Hollywood & Wine Tony Video
2011 High Road Doctor
2012 Bachelorette Gena's love interest
2012 The Dictator Aide on Balcony
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Duncan Voice
2013 G.B.F. Principal Crowe
2014 Search Party Cabana Man
2015 Don Quixote Sancho Panza
2016 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Luis
2017 Actors Anonymous Juan
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Duncan Voice
2019 Zeroville Francis Ford Coppola
2021 Clifford the Big Red Dog[13] Raul


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Various 3 episodes
1998–2006 Saturday Night Live Various 158 episodes
2002 Ed DJ Desmond Peyton Episode: "The Divorce"
2002–2004 Fillmore! Jr. Commissioner 'Dutch' Vallejo Voice, 24 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Horatio 7 episodes
2010 30 Rock Maynard Episode: "Anna Howard Shaw Day"
2010 Players Dirk Episode: "Cumdog Millionaire"
2010 Big Lake Glenn Cordoba 10 episodes
2010 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Future Man Episode: "Mudslide Junction"
2011–2013 The Problem Solverz Ralphe Voice, 2 episodes
2012 Are We There Yet? Mr. Peterson 5 episodes
2012 The Life & Times of Tim Eduardo Voice, episode: "Super Gay Eduardo/The Pros and Cons of Killing Tim"
2012 Girls Terry Lavoyt Episode: "Hannah's Diary"
2012 Gravity Falls Voice, 2 episodes
2013 House of Lies Photographer Episode: "Til Death Do Us Part"
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Max Episode: "Hart to Hart"
2013 Murder Police Donel Voice, 13 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV Mr. Barbato Episode: "Comic Con-Air"
2013–2015 Drunk History Various 2 episodes
2013–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 5 episodes
2014 The Hotwives of Orlando Tito Episode: "Pimps and Hoo-Ha's"
2014 BoJack Horseman Latin Kings Gang Leader Voice, episode: "Our A-Story Is a 'D' Story"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Craig Episode: "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
2014 Bad Judge Mr. Thorpe Episode: "Pilot"
2014 The Birthday Boys Boss Episode: "Getting Preachy"
2015 Parks and Recreation Himself Episode: "One Last Ride"
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Hector Episode: "Kimmy Gets a Job!"
2015 Modern Family Armando Episode: "American Skyper"
2015 Long Live the Royals Allistair / Knight #1 Voice, 4 episodes
2016 Scorpion Heywood Jahelpme Morris 4 episodes
2016 Animals Julio Voice, episode: "Pigeons."
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Dr. Horowitz Episode: "Inside Joke"
2016 Son of Zorn Uber Driver Episode: "Defender of Teen Love"
2017–2018 Love Jeff 3 episodes
2017 Do You Want to See a Dead Body? Himself Episode: "A Body and a Bust"
2017–2018 Great News Justin Main role; 23 episodes
2018 GLOW Ray 2 episodes
2018 Elena of Avalor Santos Gutierrez Voice, episode: "All Kingdoms Fair"
2019–2021 Black Monday Wayne Recurring, 15 episodes
2019–2021 Big Hero 6: The Series El Fuego Voice, 4 episodes
2019–2020 The Mandalorian Mythrol 2 episodes
2020 Close Enough Raoul Voice, episode: "Prank War/Cool Moms"
2020 Mapleworth Murders Weird Man Episode: "The Case of the Case of Wine: Part I"
2020 The George Lucas Talk Show Himself Episode: "The Big Alakens Marathon"
2021 Duncanville Douglas Voice, episode: "Sibling Reverly"
2021 Curb Your Enthusiasm Plumber Episode: "What Have I Done?"

Awards and honors


Sanz received "high" honors at High Times magazine's 2003 Stony Awards, collecting the "Stoner of the Year" award.[14]

See also



  1. ^ "Cayendo (Falling)". The Hooray Show (Podcast). SoundCloud. March 30, 2015. Horatio reveals his legal name is Horacio at 5:58. Archived from the original on February 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Horatio Sanz Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Thomas, Mike (August 14, 2020). "Sans pratfalls; Chicagoan Horatio Sanz keeps his brainy side - up". Chicago Sun-Times – via NewsBank.
  4. ^ Carter, Bill (September 21, 2006). "Bowing to Budget Cuts at NBC, 'Saturday Night Live' Pares Five Performers". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' Cuts Castmembers". Hollywood.com. September 20, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  6. ^ King, Don Roy (October 8, 2018). "SNL Transcripts: Hilary Swank: 02/19/05: City Court with Aaron Neville". SNL Transcripts Tonight. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Eng, Joyce (November 24, 2008). "Horatio Sanz Embraces Motherhood". TV Guide. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  8. ^ Yuan, Jada (November 24, 2008). "Comedian Horatio Sanz Has Dropped About 100 Pounds". Intelligencer. New York. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Sanz, Horatio [@MrHoratioSanz] (July 25, 2018). "Today I became a U.S. Citizen. @ Los Angeles Convention Center" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved August 2, 2018 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Joseph, Elizabeth; Reilly, Liam (August 14, 2021). "Former SNL cast member Horatio Sanz has been accused of grooming and sexually assaulting a minor". CNN.
  11. ^ a b Walsh, Savannah (August 24, 2022). "Horatio Sanz Accuser Lists Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Lorne Michaels in Sexual Assault Suit". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on August 24, 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  12. ^ Collman, Ashley (November 28, 2022). "Horatio Sanz Settles Lawsuit from Woman Who Accused the 'Saturday Night Live' Alum of Sexually Abusing Her When She Was a Teen". Insider. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  13. ^ Machado, Yolanda (November 7, 2021). "'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Film Review: Canine Comedy Is Innocuous for Kids, Troubling for Adults". The Wrap. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "Horatio Sanz Crowned Stoner of the Year". High Times. March 6, 2003. Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
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1. Sanz was a temporary replacement for Fey while she was on maternity leave from October 1–8, 2005.