Julio Torres: My Favourite Shapes

What connects plastic penguins and the floundering middle class? Straight men and empty bottles of Gatorade? Melania Trump and the crumpled foil of a Ferrero Rocher? Julio Torres is here and he is very eager to show you. In his first solo show My Favourite Shapes, Torres surveys the audience cautiously from behind a wooden desk. An iPhone camera is hooked up to a projector which shows us his hands as he introduces us to a distinguished line-up of guests: glass prisms, diamante brooches and tiny furniture fit for fleas – all with a story to tell.

A genuine box of curiosities: clever, poignant and always surprising, the audience revels in watching this comedic prodigy tick.

A quietly endearing presence, Torres is soft spoken, his cheeks delicately streaked with glitter, a sort of cross between a precocious child and the indie boyfriend we all wanted in 2009. Indeed, the format of the show is essentially a glorified show-and-tell: Torres invites us into his world using his collection of oddities as a springboard for observations on everything, from emojis to Donald Duck. Whirling off on wild tangents we are taken on a fanciful comedy journey, told variously through play scripts, diary entries and mechanical children’s toys.

But there is no surreality without substance here, each setup is deftly calculated, Torres’ razor-sharp delivery making the surreal feel intimately familiar as he guides us to punchline after punchline. My Favourite Shapes is a genuine box of curiosities: clever, poignant and always surprising, the audience revels in watching this comedic prodigy tick. This is a show created in the true spirit of play and imagination, and something quite unlike anything else you will see this Fringe. 

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In his first solo show, Julio guides a camera through his favourite shapes: plexi-glass squares, triangles, spheres, a sad crumpled wrapper that reminds him of Melania Trump, a self-conscious Faberge who wonders if he's too much. The audience sees a projection of Julio's hands holding the geometric treasures, with musings, jokes and fantastical fictions they inspire. Saturday Night Live writer and JFL New Face, Julio appears on Louis CK's Horace and Pete, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Comedy Central. 'Delightfully alien sensibility' (New York Times). 'Julio's brain is a strange, marvellous place' (Kate McKinnon).

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