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So Courant! Comedian Julio Torres Tells Us Why He Loves Household Objects

Welcome to So Courant!, deputy editor Sean Santiago’s column spotlighting emerging makers, the newest launches, and the latest design destinations in the world of ELLE DECOR. This week, comedian Julio Torres caps off Pride Month with a chat about his unique taste, his take on trends, and the design tics he inherited from his parents.
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Julio Torres Hopes to Showcase the “Beauty of Everyday Life and Objects” in ‘I Want to Be a Vase’ Book

When Julio Torres released an HBO special My Favorite Shapes, he shared his favorite shapes, while offering varied stories, anecdotes and jokes. Now three years later, the comedian is continuing to take the audience into a vibrant world of shapes but now more specifically household objects in his debut children’s book I Want to Be a Vase, set to be released by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on June 7. In the book, Torres tells the story of a toilet plunger aspiring to be a vase, however, an antagonist vacuum is adamant that theirs and other household objects’ dreams to go beyond...
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Julio Torres, Bowen Yang, Jaboukie Young-White and other young gay comedians are redefining American humor

There are a lot of young gay comedians these days who can't be pigeonholed or subdivided into groups, including Torres, Yang, Young-White, Dewayne Perkins, John Early, Alex English, Michael Henry, Jay Jurden, Ryan O’Connell, Larry Owens, Matt Rogers, Benito Skinner (AKA Benny Drama) and Drew Tarver. As Mark Harris explains, "even as a kid, Perkins could vaguely perceive that gay entertainers were, in certain other realms of pop culture, 'having a moment.' It didn’t feel great. Having a moment, in the late ’90s and early aughts, meant that, suddenly, a gay performer or character would appear in a space that had been previously dominated by straight people — say, at the center of a TV sitcom like Will & Grace or a stand-up special, or as the voice of reason to the leading lady in a romantic comedy like My Best Friend’s Wedding — and everyone could applaud and say, 'We solved it! Representation at last!' It was a pop-cultural phenomenon that started to surface when Perkins, who’s 31, and other gay comedians of his generation were in middle school. But the problem with a moment is that it passes; a moment can become nothing more than an occasion for audiences to raise their eyebrows and notice something before the next moment, when a different breakthrough catches their attention. A fad is identified, a box is checked, a responsibility is fulfilled and the circus moves on. Gay comedy may finally be beyond that. Or at least over it. Nobody has to worry about being the first anymore — or the second or the third. Instead, emerging gay comedians can enter a large, complicated and thriving queercom universe. It’s not a moment, it’s not a trend and it’s not a tiny room with limited seating that’s getting too crowded for comfort. Rather, it’s an ecosphere that seems to be expanding with each new arrival."
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Julio Torres to Bring More Oyster and Dog Lovers to TV

It’s official; Julio Torres and Spike Einbinder are making the most Brooklyn show ever. Torres, the former Saturday Night Live writer and star of Los Espookys, signed a first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max to write and executive produce two half-hour comedies, Little Films and Lucky. Lucky is...
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Julio Torres to star in HBO comedy series Little Films as part of a first-look deal

The former SNL writer and Los Espookys star and co-creator has signed a two-year deal with HBO and HBO Max. As part of the deal, he'll co-wrote and star in Little Films, a comedy series. "In Little Films, Torres tells the tale of when he lost a golden oyster," according to Deadline. "The people he encounters as he searches for it and the musings he has along the way become points of departure for little films, as Julio navigates weaving in and out of these introspective, often eerie comedic stories."
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Julio Torres To Write & Star In Comedy Series ‘Little Films’ As Part of First-Look Deal With HBO & HBO Max

Former Saturday Night Live writer Julio Torres, co-creator and star of HBO’s Los Espookys, has signed a first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max. Under the two-year pact, he has two half-hour comedies in the works: Little Films (working title), written, executive produced and headlined by Torres, which has received a series order by HBO; and Lucky, co-written and executive produced by Torres, which is in development at HBO. The deal expands on Torres’ existing relationship with HBO stemming from the Spanish-language comedy Los Espookys, which also streams on HBO Max. The series, which has been renewed for a second season, was...
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Julio Torres and A24's 'Fruit Tree' Adds RZA, Isabella Rosselini, and More to Cast

Julio Torres, a four-time Emmy nominated Saturday Night Live writer is making his directorial debut, and the cast has just grown by eight! Spike Einbinder (Los Espookys), Greta Lee (The Morning Show), Laith Nakli (Ramy), Larry Owens (High Maintenance), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), RZA (from the Wu-Tang Clan), James Scully (You), and Greta Titelman (Search Party) have all been cast in the currently untitled film, reports Deadline.
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Julio Torres Wrote a Children’s Book About a Plunger That Wants to Be a Vase

Julio Torres just sees the world differently: Wells are portals for introspection, cacti have inner monologues, and the letter E deserves accessories. So it should come as no surprise that his first children’s book, I Want to Be a Vase, is about a plunger’s quest to break out of its societally prescribed role. Because of course! The upcoming book, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was inspired by Torres’s first stand-up special, My Favorite Shapes, in which he commented on objects as they passed by him on a conveyor belt. “Shapes. You’ve heard of them. You might have even interacted with a few. But do you really know them?” asks the description of I Want to Be a Vase, out from Simon & Schuster on June 7, 2022. Illustrated by Julian Glander, the book is touted as a “visually stunning journey through the lives and intimate dramas of often-overlooked household appliances.”
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Julio Torres to Release Children’s Book (Exclusive)

Julio Torres, the co-creator of HBO’s Spanish-language comedy Los Espookys, is set to make his children’s book debut. Torres will release a picture book called I Want to Be a Vase, inspired by his HBO special My Favorite Shapes, The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively announce. The picture book is set to be published by Simon & Schuster next summer. “Shapes. You’ve heard of them. You might have even interacted with a few. But do you really know them? From plucky Plunger, who wishes to defy his shape and become a beautiful vase, to other household objects with dreams of a life beyond their predestined roles, I Want to...
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Julio Torres Is Making His Feature Film Debut With A24

At last, the king of surrealist, shape-based comedy, Julio Torres, is finally getting his very own feature film. That's right. According to The Hollywood Reporter, our favorite oddball eccentric is slated to write, direct and star in a yet-to-be titled comedy for A24. Not only that, but given that Torres is one of the industry's best-kept secrets, it's also no surprise that big-name stars like actress Tilda Swinton are reportedly attached to the project, with Emma Stone and husband Dave McCary already on board to produce.
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Tilda Swinton To Star In Comedian Julio Torres’ Directorial Debut Feature From A24

Julio Torres is likely a name that many people aren’t super familiar with. However, if you’re the type of person that wants to wow your friends with that insider Hollywood knowledge and insight, he’s a person you should get familiar with, as soon as possible. You see, not only is he a hilarious stand-up comedian, but Torres is also a well-respected ‘SNL’ writer that has shown up in some solid TV roles such as “Los Espookys” and the Hulu series, “Shrill.” And to add to his already strong bonafides, he’s set to write and direct a new film with Tilda Swinton attached.
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Julio Torres to Make Directorial Debut With A24 Film Starring Tilda Swinton

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Los Espookys star and Saturday Night Live writer Julio Torres is making his directorial film debut with a new project at A24, in which he will also write and star alongside Tilda Swinton. Emma Stone and Dave McCary will produce the film through their production studio Fruit Tree Shingle.
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Julio Torres gears up for his filmmaking debut with A24

Julio Torres has kept busy during the last few years. Besides writing for SNL, he got his own HBO special My Favorite Shapes, he is the star and co-showrunner of Los Espookys, and he recently had a role in the last season of Shrill. Now, Torres is working on his filmmaking debut.
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Comedian Julio Torres Heads to the Movies, Making Directorial Debut with A24

Julio Torres—who has charmed audiences with his 2019 comedy special My Favorite Shapes and Spanish-language HBO comedy series Los Espookys—is set to make his filmmaking debut. The comedian will not only be directing, he’ll be writing, starring and producing a film from A24, with Tilda Swinton already attached to star...
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