Horatio Sanz

Horacio Sanz[1] (born June 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Horatio Sanz, is a Chilean-born American actor and comedian. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2006.

Horatio Sanz
Horatio Sanz on Behind The Velvet Rope TV (cropped).jpg
Sanz in 2015
Born (1969-06-04) June 4, 1969 (age 51)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1994–present
RelativesCarlos Sanz (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Sanz was born in Santiago, Chile, to Sylvia and Carlos Sanz.[2] He is the youngest of three sons and the younger brother of actor Carlos Sanz. He grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.[3]


Sanz performed at various theaters in Chicago, including The Court Theater and The Second City, where he was a member of their Chicago ETC theater. While in Chicago, Sanz was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) sketch comedy and improv troupe. Sanz can still be seen regularly performing with the sketch troupe at their long-running improv show "ASSSSCAT 3000", at both of the UCB's comedy theaters, located in New York City and Los Angeles.

Saturday Night LiveEdit

Sanz joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in September 1998 as the first Hispanic cast member.[citation needed] At the beginning of SNL's 31st season, he was the temporary replacement for Tina Fey as Amy Poehler's Weekend Update co-anchor while Fey was on maternity leave until she resumed her duties on October 22, 2005. On September 20, 2006, SNL announced that Sanz would not be returning due to massive budget cuts that called for Lorne Michaels to either produce fewer episodes or reduce expenses, including the paring of long-standing, highly paid cast members such as Sanz.[4][5]

Sanz returned to SNL as a guest on February 3, 2007, appearing as Elton John, and on November 3, as presidential candidate Bill Richardson and again on the December 17, 2011 Christmas show as himself in a musical number ("I Wish It Was Christmas Today") and as a member of Beethoven's orchestra ("Beethoven: Meet The Band").

Characters on SNLEdit

After SNLEdit

Sanz was part of the cast of the short-lived ABC sitcom In the Motherhood in 2009, playing the role of Horatio the "manny" (male nanny).[7] In 2010, Sanz and his former SNL castmate Chris Parnell starred together on Big Lake, a Comedy Central sitcom from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. From 2010 to 2011, Sanz was a writer and producer on the Comedy Central sketch series Nick Swardson's Pretend Time.

In 2015, he started his own podcast called The Hooray Show, which features comedy sketches and interviews with his friends in comedy.[citation needed]

Sanz appeared as a guest on The Big Alakens Big Lake marathon fundraiser episode of The George Lucas Talk Show.

Personal lifeEdit

In November 2008, Sanz made his first public appearance in almost a year, after having lost 100 pounds (45 kg; 7 stlb). "I've been eating better", Sanz said. "I've been trying to come up with a joke about how I've lost weight and I was going to say, 'I stopped putting nuts in my sundaes.'" He also says, "I never weighed myself when I was at my fattest, because I was scared I might die'." Sanz says he has been working out, too. In June 2009, he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and said that much of his weight loss was because he had stopped drinking alcoholic beverages.[citation needed]

He became an American citizen on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles.[8][better source needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Orderly
2000 Road Trip French Toast Guy
2001 Tomcats Steve
2002 The New Guy Dance Instructor
2003 Boat Trip Nick Ragoni
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Vic Ramalot
2005 Rebound Mr. Newirth
2005 The Man Santos Uncredited
2006 School for Scoundrels Diego
2007 Lucky You Ready Eddie
2008 Step Brothers Lead Singer
2009 Me Time Sam Short
2009 Year One Enmebaragesi
2009 May the Best Man Win The Mayor
2010 Freak Dance Barrio's Brother
2011 Hollywood & Wine Tony Video
2011 High Road Doctor
2012 Bachelorette Barely Attractive Guy
2012 The Dictator Aide on Balcony
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Duncan Voice
2013 G.B.F. Principal Crowe
2014 Search Party Cabana Man
2015 Don Quixote Sancho Panza
2016 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Luis
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Duncan Voice
2019 Zeroville Francis Ford Coppola


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Various 3 episodes
1998–2006 Saturday Night Live Various 158 episodes
2002 Ed DJ Desmond Peyton Episode: "The Divorce"
2002–2004 Fillmore! Jr. Commissioner 'Dutch' Vallejo Voice, 24 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Horatio 7 episodes
2010 30 Rock Maynard Episode: "Anna Howard Shaw Day"
2010 Players Dirk Episode: "Cumdog Millionaire"
2010 Big Lake Glenn Cordoba 10 episodes
2010 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Future Man Episode: "Mudslide Junction"
2012 Are We There Yet? Mr. Peterson 5 episodes
2012 The Life & Times of Tim Eduardo Voice, Episode: "Super Gay Eduardo/The Pros and Cons of Killing Tim"
2012 Girls Terry Lavoyt Episode: "Hannah's Diary"
2012 Gravity Falls Voice, 2 episodes
2013 House of Lies Photographer Episode: "Til Death Do Us Part"
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Max Episode: "Hart to Hart"
2013 Murder Police Donel Voice, 13 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV Mr. Barbato Episode: "Comic Con-Air"
2013–2015 Drunk History Various 2 episodes
2013–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 5 episodes
2014 The Hotwives of Orlando Tito Episode: "Pimps and Hoo-Ha's"
2014 BoJack Horseman Latin Kings Gang Leader Voice, Episode: "Our A-Story is a 'D' Story"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Craig Episode: "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
2014 Bad Judge Mr. Thorpe Episode: "Pilot"
2014 The Birthday Boys Boss Episode: "Getting Preachy"
2015 Parks and Recreation Himself Episode: "One Last Ride"
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Hector Episode: "Kimmy Gets a Job!"
2015 Modern Family Armando Episode: "American Skyper"
2015 Long Live the Royals Allistair / Knight #1 Voice, 4 episodes
2016 Scorpion Heywood Jahelpme Morris 4 episodes
2016 Animals. Julio Voice, Episode: "Pigeons."
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Dr. Horowitz Episode: "Inside Joke"
2016 Son of Zorn Uber Driver Episode: "Defender of Teen Love"
2017–2018 Love Jeff 3 episodes
2017 Do You Want to See a Dead Body? Himself Episode: "A Body and a Bust"
2017–2018 Great News Justin Main role; 23 episodes
2018 GLOW Ray 2 episodes
2018 Elena of Avalor Santos Gutierrez Voice, Episode: "All Kingdoms Fair"
2019–2020 Black Monday Wayne Recurring, 14 episodes
2019–2020 Big Hero 6: The Series El Fuego Voice, 3 episodes
2019–2020 The Mandalorian Mythrol 2 episodes
2020 Close Enough Raoul Voice, Episode: "Prank War/Cool Moms"
2020 Mapleworth Murders Weird Man Episode: "The Case of the Case of Wine: Part I"
2020 The George Lucas Talk Show Himself The Big Alakens Marathon (Big Lake marathon)

Awards and honorsEdit

Sanz received "high" honors at High Times magazine's 2003 Stony Awards, collecting the "Stoner of the Year" award.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cayendo Episode of the Hooray Show (https://soundcloud.com/the-hooray-show/cayendo) at 5:58, Horatio reveals his legal name is Horacio
  2. ^ Horatio Sanz Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Thomas, Mike (August 14, 2020). "Sans pratfalls; Chicagoan Horatio Sanz keeps his brainy side - up". Chicago Sun-Times – via Newsbank.
  4. ^ Carter, Bill (September 21, 2006). "Bowing to Budget Cuts at NBC, 'Saturday Night Live' Pares Five Performers". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' Cuts Castmembers". Hollywood.com. September 20, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "Season 30: Episode 13". Saturday Night Live Transcripts. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  7. ^ Horatio Sanz Embraces Motherhood" TV Guide. November 24, 2008. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Horatio Sanz on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2010-01-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

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Weekend Update
Succeeded by
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Notes and references
1. Sanz was a temporary replacement for Fey while she was on maternity leave from October 1–October 8, 2005.