A Seattle-based comedian, writer and comic book reader, El Sanchez has been performing all over the country since 2010. Their conversationally cynical, yet upbeat comedic style weaves together a unique mix of embarrassing personal stories, nerdy obsessions, social politics and possible overshares, making light of their own instances of social incompetence while also skewering oppressive social norms. The have been called "fearless" by City Arts Magazine, "a grumpy nugget of delight," by writer/activist Lindy West, "a local favorite," by Seattle alt weekly The Stranger and "a brilliant new voice everyone should know," by comedian Hari Kondabolu. Grammy Award winning singer/song-writer Kimya Dawson (The Moldy Peaches, Juno) has cited Sanchez as her 'favorite underground Northwest comedian' while W. Kamau Bell, comedian and host of CNN's United Shades of America, once said, "El Sanchez is the truth."
According to Crosscut.com, ""...El Sanchez is a special comedian; with unparalleled storytelling, quick wit and a bubbly demeanor, [they] can make magic out of any moment. Whether hosting The Moth, doing stand-up or hosting [their] own show, [they’ll] have you laughing the whole night and you’ll want to be [their] friend. The best advice I can give: Whenever you can see [them], go see El Sanchez."
El has performed at Seattle's Crypticon, Emerald City Comicon, Bumbershoot, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Northwest Comedy Fest, the All Jane Comedy Festival, Autostraddle’s annual LGBTQ event A-Camp and has appeared on The Bob Rivers Show, NPR's Latino USA and the Seattle-based sketch television show "The ." They have opened for comedians Josh Blue (Last Comic Standing), Dwayne Kennedy (Seinfeld), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America), Michael Che (SNL), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show) and is a regular opening act and touring partner of comedian Hari Kondabolu (Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Comedy Central).
El currently produces four local Seattle comedy shows, Not Too Late with El Sanchez, The Enematic Cinematic LIVES!!, Karajokey and Fist & Shout!), hosts a comedy podcast about terrible movies entitled The Enematic Cinematic and is also the host of the Seattle branch of The Moth StorySlam. They have written for websites Wonder and Risk, Have You Nerd?, Capeless Crusader, Autostraddle and Jezebel. In 2013, they were featured on LGBTQ pop culture website AfterEllen’s "50 Hot [Womxn] in Comedy" list, as well as Autostraddle’s, “The Alternative Hot 105.” In 2016 they were featured in City Arts Magazine's "Future List," a list of up and coming artists who the magazine predicts will redefine their medium in the upcoming year.
El currently resides in Seattle, WA where when not performing stand-up or singing with their band Lightning Bolton (Seattle’s premiere 80's/90's adult contemporary comedy cover band) they enjoy splitting their time between drinking shots of wine, having panic attacks on the bus and dusting their action figures.
BONUS RANDOM USELESS FACTS!
1. After much begging by El, comic book writer Greg Rucka wrote them into an issue of DC's Crime Bible series in which they are a sex worker that falls in love with Gotham City police detective and secret superhero, Renee Montoya. *Important Note: El is portrayed by a white, blond, thin lady in the book because racism and sexism are a thing (neither of which are Greg Rucka's fault).
2. Selena, the legendary Tejano singer is El's cousin (according to their dad). So is legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (also according to their dad).
3. El once did comedic commentary over the film Beast Master at a horror convention alongside the film's director, Don Coscarelli. After telling Don they used to carry a fanny pack with small stuffed dogs in it as a kid that they would throw at bullies and pretend they were like the mind-controlled ferrets in the film, Don told them they were funny and gave them a hug because he is REALLY nice.
4. From 2013 - 2017, El portrayed lead singer Michael Thunder in Seattle's premiere Michael Bolton comedy cover band, Lightning Bolton.
5. El once had a pet mole named Stephen. He died.
6. El is obsessed with watching real-life forensic crime-solving shows. It's actually kind of creepy. Maybe we shouldn't talk about it.
7. El technically has an IMDB credit for their non-award-winning performance as "Gilgazorg Harem Girl #2" in local Seattle comedy film Steel of Fire Warriors: 2010 A.D. (in which they share a scene with comedian/musician Reggie Watts while wearing a pair of tights on their head).
8. El's favorite color is blue razz, their favorite season is Halloween and their favorite scent is coffee beans.
All Jane Comedy Festival - Portland, OR (2013, 2014, 2015)
Autostraddle's A-Camp - San Bernardino, CA (2014, 2015, 2016)
Bainbridge Island Comedy Festival - Bainbridge Island, WA (2014)
Big Sky Comedy Festival - Billings, MT (2015)
Bridgetown Comedy Festival - Portland,OR (2013, 2015)
Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival - Seattle, WA (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Crypticon Horror Convention - Seattle, WA (2011, 2012, 2013)
Emerald City Comicon - Seattle, WA (2015, 2016)
GeekGirlCon - Seattle, WA (2014)
Macefield Music Festival - Seattle, WA (2014)
Northwest Comedy Fest - Vancouver, B.C. (2014)
Summer Meltdown Festival - Darrington, WA (2013)
The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)
The Comedy Underground (Seattle, WA)
The Comedy Underground (Tacoma, WA)
Grit City Comedy (Tacoma, WA)
Helium Comedy Club (Portland, OR)
Laughs Comedy Spot (Kirkland, WA)
Parlor LIVE (Bellevue, WA)
Parlor LIVE (Seattle, WA)
The Punchline (San Francisco, CA)
Tacoma Comedy Club (Tacoma, WA)
Annex Theater (Seattle, WA)
Bagdad Theater (Portland, OR)
The Bell House (Brooklyn, NY)
Brody Theater (Portland, OR)
Capitol Theatre (Olympia, WA)
Curious Comedy Theater (Portland, OR)
Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR)
Experience Music Project (Seattle, WA)
The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR)
Neptune Theater (Seattle, WA)
The Triple Door (Seattle, WA)
Turner Ballroom (Milwaukee, WI)
The Troubadour (Los Angeles, CA)
The Shelter/St. Andrews Hall (Detroit, MI)
The Washington Center for Performing Arts (Olympia, WA)
2nd Annual Feedback Funny Comedy Competition (Winner) - Seattle, WA (2015)
Seattle International Comedy Competition (2015)
Rewind This! - Teaser Trailer/Special Features (2013)
Oh, I Get It - Documentary short (2015)
Poster Boy - Short Film (2016)
Latino USA on NPR
W. Kamau Bell