JULIO TORRES’ BLOG
Dear Blog of mine,
I’m currently on sabbatical down in El Salvador. Meaning I’m visiting my parents for the first time in well over a year. It’s so much nicer to refresh one’s inbox in the company of family, let me tell you. This little vacation actually came at a perfect time. This past month I’ve done shows more frequently than ever before, which great except I was starting to feel like a tape recorder. Now I get to settle down and come up with new material. I was also starting to feel a little tense. Oh, Diversecity Blog, you should have seen the meltdown I had at the airport when my flight got delayed. Forget the TV showcases I did earlier in the month, that speech I delivered offhand to the lady at the counter was by far my best performance yet.
That said, I can’t wait to get back. I miss the lights! I miss the microphones! I miss running around New York buying props for my videos! Before I left, though, I got my friend Joe an international calling card–I just did an open mic over the phone. Reception was a little spotty so I think I’ll try FaceTiming tomorrow.
Joe and I co-host a show in Brooklyn. We had my new StandUp NBC pal Andrew Fisher on last time, and he was predictably amazing. Now I’m helping put together this month’s.
I also have NACA in Boston to look forward to. I’m not sure what to expect, except that I could book a few college appearances, which is very exciting. I’d get half an hour of stage time. Imagine how many costume changes I could squeeze in (three). My mother is currently bedazzling a jacket.
I have one more week of vacation/reinvention time down here. I’m writing new skits, working on jokes, scheduling shows, wondering if I should dye my hair white, brainstorming merch ideas and reiterating to my family everything I don’t eat.
Also, my birthday is coming up. If you could get me a glittery microphone to go with that jacket, that would be GREAT.
Oh hi Intenet, hi!
I just got this sweet gig writing for the DiverseCityNBC blog. I’m a stand-up comedian living in Brooklyn who got a great opportunity at the end of 2013 in the form of the StandUp NBC showcase in Los Angeles.
It all started in the summer, when I was just standing on a sidewalk, minding my own business (desperately waiting for hours to audition for the showcase). I made it through a couple of rounds of auditions and eventually became a finalist, which was especially exciting considering I haven’t been at this for that long.
I’d never been to LA before. I got to meet the other hilarious finalists and stayed at a hotel that was so Hollywood it had a Whoopie Goldberg Madame Tussauds figure in the lobby. Here in New York I’ve made more than a few friends from LA, so during my trip I hung out with all of their moms! I went to a friend’s house, where her lovely mother offered me some wine and said things like “who has time to decant??” There was at least one Emmy on the mantle piece that went unaddressed. That’s an Instagram picture of me on my friend’s princess bed.
My own mother was VERY excited and proud I that was going to do my “presentations” for an industry audience, which I’m sure meant to her that Steven Spielberg would be in attendance. She told me my dad was also excited.
The showcase went great; I can say with confidence that it opened a lot of doors. Now I’m back in New York, performing Stand-up almost daily, co-hosting a fun show in Williamsburg and filming sketches with my best friend and writing parter. I’ll be going to NACA with some of my fellow finalists in February and have a couple of exciting showcases lined up before then. I’ll also be going home to to El Salvador sometime in the midst of all of that.
This is a very exciting moment in life. I’ll be documenting the year in this blog, almost like “Sex and the City” voice overs.