It's hard to explain the humor that lies in gingerly placing a rose quartz crystal in miniature plush chair, but when it comes to Julio Torres a joke doesn't have to make sense for it to be funny. A former writer for SNL and one of the brains and stars of the new HBO Spanish language comedy, Los Espookys, Torres has cultivated a unique brand of humor that is both deadpan and endearingly quirky. His new special, My Favorite Shapes, interrogates the world around us on its most fundamental of levels, breaking comedy down to its bare essentials and putting it back together in delightfully unexpected configurations. — Matt Moen
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What's the biggest misconception about you?
That I'll die.
What was the last text you sent?
"hehehe" to my friend Spike texting me the devil emoji, in regards to them going to the underwear party in Fire Island.
What's something no one knows about you but you wish people did?
I'm not resentful of fire, but yes I do envy it.
What's an interview question you never want to be asked again?
Anything regarding my feud with fire.
If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing for a career?
Probably designing clothes or spaces.
What's your biggest irrational fear?
That I won't reply to a very important email and that will domino effect into me getting deported.
When you want to get attention, what do you do?
I turn into wind.
Where do you want to be when the world ends?
On a space ship, shedding a single tear for the world as I gently touch the window, watching it explode. I then address my crew, say something about a this being new dawn. The speech is so so and the metaphors lazy but I'm winging it because I left the copy of the speech I did like on Earth which as we know, has exploded.
What is the first website or app you check in the morning?
I see the emails pile up, like souls in the river Styx, demanding to be seen and heard but it's already too late for them.
What gives you hope in 2019?
The increasing louder progressive movement.
What trend that you participated in do you never want to see again?
What's your biggest regret?
Not much I could do about it, and I don't really regret it, but sometimes I do wish I migrated sooner... not for me now but for me then.
What's your favorite meme right now?
I don't like memes, don't like a controlled narrative.