Julio Torres is different. He’s a unicorn. And he’s really really funny. HBO knows that, they signed him up for a weird and funny and very unique series, and a deal to release his first comedy special. It’s his very first hour special, and was taped at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere arts space. Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels executive produced the hour.
Clad in silver and plenty of glitter, Torres uses multimedia to assist his writing and displays his favorite shapes on a custom-made industrial conveyor belt. Providing individual back stories and anecdotes for each shape, Torres presents items such as a plexiglass square, an oval that wishes he were a circle, a self-conscious cactus and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate that annoyingly left her little skirt at home. Throughout the special, Torres provides his unique insight on topics including the relationship between Fred Flintstone and Betty Rubble, what animals should actually exist in a zoo and the inner turmoil of the exclusionary curtain that separates first class passengers from economy class on a plane. The special also features cameos from a few familiar voices.
Its utterly unique but if you’re desperately searching for some form of comparison, Noel Fielding is the closest you’ll get.
When he’s not writing and performing stand up, Julio writes for Saturday Night Live, and is the co-creator and co-star and co-writer of HBO’s Los Espookys.
Born in El Salvador, Julio Torres emigrated to New York to study literature and then found success in the New York comedy scene. He has been a writer on “Saturday Night Live” since 2016 and has also written for “The Chris Gethard Show” and “Billy on the Street.” As a standup, Torres was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, a New Face of the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, a Comedy Central Comic to Watch, and a finalist for StandUp NBC, and has performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”
The special is directed by Dave McCary, who has collaborated with Torres throughout his career, including on the critically acclaimed “Saturday Night Live” sketches “Papyrus” and “Wells for Boys.”
MY FAVORITE SHAPES BY JULIO TORRES is produced by A24; executive producers, Julio Torres, Lorne Michaels, Fred Armisen, Alice Mathias, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Ravi Nandan, Olivia Gerke and Josh Lieberman; directed and executive produced by Dave McCary.
My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres debuts Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.