Julio Torres

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Julio Torres
Born (1987-02-11) February 11, 1987 (age 34)[1]
EducationThe New School
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • writer
  • actor
Years active2012–present

Julio Torres (born 1987) is a Salvadoran writer, comedian, and actor. He is best known as a writer for Saturday Night Live and as the co-creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series Los Espookys. He previously wrote for The Chris Gethard Show on truTV.

Early life and education[edit]

Julio Torres was born in 1987 in San Salvador, El Salvador. His father is a civil engineer, and his mother is an architect and fashion designer; she, along with his designer sister, has collaborated with him on his comedy projects.

Torres moved to New York to attend The New School, where he graduated with a degree in literary studies in 2011. His aim had always been to pursue a career in comedy writing.[2][3][4][5]

Career[edit]

Torres worked as a writer on The Chris Gethard Show before being hired to write for Saturday Night Live.[6] He worked at SNL from 2016 to 2019, writing sketches including "Papyrus" and "Wells for Boys."[2][7] He was nominated for four Emmys as a member of the SNL writing team.[8]

He has also appeared on The Tonight Show and other late-night programs.[2][3] His comedy is frequently described by critics as "otherworldly" and "surrealist," with elements of the fantastical and a melancholy undercurrent.[9][10][11]

After pitching a Spanish-language comedy to HBO, the comedian Fred Armisen brought Torres and Ana Fabrega on to co-write the series. Armisen and Torres had met when the former hosted SNL.[2]

Torres was also a co-showrunner and actor on the project, which became Los Espookys. The first season aired in 2019, and it was renewed for a second season later that year.[12] Torres plays Andrés, a wealthy heir who searches for answers about his mysterious past.[13]

His comedy special My Favorite Shapes premiered August 10, 2019, on HBO. It was directed by his frequent collaborator Dave McCary and produced by Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Julio Torres is gay. On his identity as it relates to his comedy, he said in 2020, "I never, never want to claim to speak for anybody else's experience. I am not here representing immigrants. I am not here representing Salvadorians or Hispanics or gay people. I can only share what's in me and that may or may not ring true with people, but I have never wanted to use any of those things as a calling card."[15][8]

He is a vegan.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres Self
2021 Together Together Jules

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 The Chris Gethard Show Self 2 episodes
The Special Without Brett Davis Various Roles 6 episodes
2016 Horace and Pete Young Hipster 1 episode
The Jim Gaffigan Show QED MC Episode: "The List"
High Maintenance Art School Kid 2 Episode: "Tick"
2017-2019 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Correspondent 8 episodes
Late Night with Seth Meyers Self 3 episodes
2017 Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents Self Episode: "Julio Torres"
2018-2019 Los Espookys Andrés Main Role; also writer and executive producer
2021 Bob's Burgers Rodrigo Episode: "Y Tu Tina También"
Shrill Ricochet 3 episodes
The Great North Crispin Cienfuegos 3 episodes
Ziwe Self Episode: "Immigration

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yuan, Jada (2019-06-11). "Julio Torres, Rising Weirdo: SNL's otherworldly secret weapon is about to take over HBO". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  2. ^ a b c d Leifeste, Luke (2018-03-02). "Julio Torres Is Changing the Shape of Comedy". GQ. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  3. ^ a b "Julio Torres, BA Literary Studies '11". New School Alumni on Medium. 2019-10-24. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  4. ^ Travers, Ben (2020-07-08). "'My Favorite Shapes' Molds Julio Torres' Imagination into a Gift for the World". IndieWire. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  5. ^ Associated Press (2019-09-11). "De "Saturday Night Live" a HBO: el salvadoreño Julio Torres triunfa como comediante en Estados Unidos". Elsalvador.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  6. ^ Gordon, Arielle (2018-08-06). "The Chris Gethard Show calls it quits". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  7. ^ "Julio Torres". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  8. ^ a b Hereford, André (2019-08-08). "Julio Torres: The (New) Shape of Comedy". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  9. ^ Herman, Alison (2019-08-09). "It Is Not What It Is: The Magical World of Julio Torres". The Ringer. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  10. ^ Soloski, Alexis (2019-08-16). "Comedian Julio Torres Changes His Hair Color (Again)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  11. ^ Hurtado, Ludwig (2019-08-20). "With his otherworldly comedy, Julio Torres doesn't check any boxes". NBC News. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2019-07-25). "'Los Espookys' Renewed For Season 2 By HBO". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  13. ^ a b Rodrigues, Olivia (2019-08-16). "The Radical Empathy of Comedian Julio Torres". Frieze. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  14. ^ "My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres". hbo.com. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  15. ^ Kirkl, Justin (2020-06-23). "Life Is More Complex Than One Coming Out Speech". Esquire. Retrieved 2020-11-17.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Online version is titled "The otherworldly comedy of Julio Torres".