You probably haven’t met a comedian quite like Julio Torres. Julio’s work is highly visual and deeply inquisitive, often focusing on everyday objects or routine and giving it a surreal twist. After immigrating from El Salvador to the U.S. for college, Julio did the rounds in New York City’s stand-up scene before landing a gig writing at “Saturday Night Live.” After a few years, Julio decided to leave 30 Rockefeller Plaza and strike out on his own. In 2019, he released a comedy special for HBO called, “My Favorite Shapes.” That same year, he also co-created the hit television show, “Los Espookys,” which he also writes, produces, and acts in. And this year, he took an unexpected turn into children’s literature with his new picture book, “I Want To Be A Vase.” On this episode of Latino USA, Julio Torres talks about developing his own comedic style, his journey in the industry, and how he enjoys challenging audiences to look at the world from a different perspective.
In this episode of 92NY Talks, Julio Torres and Bowen Yang discuss their longstanding friendship — from coming up together in a changing New York comedy scene to Saturday Night Live and beyond. Torres’ new projects include I Want to Be a Vase, a hilariously original creation and a deceptively moving inquiry into the nature of who we are — a children’s book with big, grown-up ideas about identity and the long-awaited second season of his hit series, Los Espookys on HBO Max. The conversation was recorded on June 11, 2022 in front of a live audience at The 92nd Street Y, New York.
Julio Torres joins us to discuss I Want To Be a Vase (Atheneum, June 7), illus. by Julian Glander, a gorgeous debut picture book about the self-actualization of everyday objects. Kirkus: “Great for stimulating creative thinking and art activities: What else can ordinary objects be?” Then our editors join with their reading recommendations for the week.
Bianca with Julio Torres and Julian Glander on I Want to Be a Vase
The Children's Book Review: Growing Readers Podcast
In this episode, Bianca talks to the awesome duo Julio Torres and Julian Glander, creators of the picture book I Want to Be a Vase. With its themes of confidence and embracing one's true identity, this book makes for a dynamic and important conversation starter. Julio Torres is a comedian, the creator of the HBO special My Favorite Shapes, and has written for Saturday Night Live. He’s also one of the masterminds behind Los Espookys, HBO’s Spanish-language comedy about a group of horror enthusiasts. Julian Glander is a 3D animator, designer, and illustrator. Mostly self-taught, he has created work for Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Adult Swim, and The New York Times. He is also the creator of the video game Art Sqool and the squishy comics collection 3D Sweeties. Order copies of I Want to Be a Vase on Bookshop.org or Amazon. Transcription: You can read the transcription on The Children's Book Review. Resources: Visit Julio Torres on Instagram @SpacePrinceJulio. Visit Julian Glander at Glander.co. HBO special My Favorite Shapes. Discussion Topics: About I Want to Be a Vase and how it came to be a book. Julio Torres talks about being who you want to be and bringing kids into this conversation. A discussion on Julian Glander's uncanny 3D artwork. Celebrating the uniqueness of others. Breaking the typical book character mold. Julio's path to becoming a comedian. Julian's path to becoming an animator. Guidance counselor humor. The difference between writing a Saturday Night Live sketch versus a children's book. Julio Torres and Julian Glander's hopes for I Want to Be a Vase. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thechildrensbookreview/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thechildrensbookreview/support
This week Dave and Matt are joined by author and comedian Julio Torres to talk about his new children’s book, "I Want To Be A Vase." Other topics include Top Gun, The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans, True Blood, and Los Espookys.
Author, Julio Torres, discusses I Want To Be A Vase, illustrated by Julian Glander. This book features a plunger who wishes to defy his shape and become a vase. Julio Torres is a comedian, the creator of the HBO special My Favorite Shapes, and has written for Saturday Night Live. He’s also one of the masterminds behind Los Espookys, HBO’s Spanish-language comedy about a group of horror enthusiasts.
Ira and Louis discuss the Tony nominations, whether Elisabeth Olsen does Marvel movies (like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) for the checks, Kim Kardashian robbing Marilyn Monroe’s grave, and Lady Gaga’s Top Gun song. Plus, Julio Torres joins to discuss his new children’s book I Want to Be a Vase, Nicole Kidman, and more.Note: This episode contains mild spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ___With our constitutionally protected right to abortion under attack, abortion funds are working nonstop to make sure people can still access (and afford) abortion.Visit votesaveamerica.com/roe to learn more, donate, and take action.
Radha Blank, Julio Torres [Repost from April 2021]
Bottomless Brunch at Colman's
Original Release Date: 4/18/2021Colman Domingo and his special guests, Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version) and Julio Torres (SNL, Together Together), take turns fielding "audience questions," share their past experiences at Sundance, and whip up a Bulleit Rye Hot Toddy.Plus, stick around for Colman's candid conversation with his best friend, Stacey Thomas, as they reminisce about memorable brunches they've shared, like Colman's 50th birthday celebration.Watch the video series Bottomless Brunch at Colman's here: https://bit.ly/3orabgl
“Second Chances.” Written by Daniel Bisuano. Performed by Julio Torres. Daniel is determined to leave his turbulent past behind by living authentically and pursuing each opportunity that presents itself in his quest to become a screenwriter. “When I started to write, I started to not only unpack all the pain that I had inside, but I started to create new, happy memories and give back to my community.” - Daniel Bisuano. Find Daniel on Twitter at @d_bisuano and on Instagram at @d.bisuano. Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to lemonadamedia.com/shows/writtenoff. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors. Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.