Gabriel Iglesias Is One Brave Comedian
When it comes to stand-up comedians, no one is braver, more courageous, or has more guts than Gabriel Iglesias.
His pluck doesn’t necessarily stem from his act but from his off-stage behavior.
First of all, Iglesias was given two years to live by a doctor. Did he have cancer? No, Iglesias’ disease was fluffiness. Or should I say “morbid fluffiness.” Iglesias had ballooned to over 450 pounds and was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
“Don’t you want to live to be 100? Not if I can’t eat tacos?” — Gabriel Iglesias
That sobering news may have knocked out those without valor, but not Iglesias. He quickly altered his unhealthy ways. He began exercising and eating right. In doing so, he lowered his weight by 100 pounds and pulled himself out of the maws of death.
Iglesias was unable to have gastric bypass surgery due to his work schedule. The comedian is on the road for 46 weeks a year. As for his diet, the comedian still enjoys fast food, but eschews carbs. It may not sound perfect but it works for him.
“Why do you drink diet soda? So I can eat regular cake?” — Gabriel Iglesias
Before Iglesias became a comedy superstar, he worked for a cell phone company. In 1997, Iglesias realized it was too difficult to have a nine-to-five job and pursue a vocation as a professional joke teller. So he quit his steady job and began chasing his dream of being a stand-up comedian full-time.
While we all know how it turned out, the road to Iglesias becoming a comedy superstar was a little bumpy. Before hitting it big, he lost his car and was evicted from his home.
The fact that he abandoned the security of a well-paying job to follow his dream reveals the depths of Iglesias’ mettle.
Of course, fighting one’s own demise, and chasing one’s dream, pales in comparison to what Iglesias did in 2014. He released a stand-up comedy film!
Who has the audacity? Who has the temerity? Who has the effrontery to release a performance film in 2014?
In this day and age of 3-D movies, super screen heroes, and high octane action films you have to be one dauntless dude to make a flick that’s nothing more than a guy telling jokes on a stage.
I didn’t even know people watched movies without a superhero anymore.
The Fluffy Movie hit theaters on July 25. It made a $1.3 million during its opening weekend. That’s not exactly Tom Cruise territory but when you consider you can watch thousands of hours of stand-up on YouTube, and it costs more to buy Fluffy movie tickets then it does to buy Gabriel Iglesias tickets, $1.3 million is quite impressive.
“The Fluffy Movie: Extended Edition” Blu-ray is due to hit streets on Oct. 21. This special version includes footage of Iglesias backstage as well as never-before-seen stuff from his “Unity Through Laughter Tour.”
Seeing “Fluffy” on the big screen, or on the slightly smaller screen that’s hanging on your living room wall, is great, but it can’t beat seeing Gabriel Iglesias live.
Iglesias has a hand full of dates scheduled for the waning moments of 2014—that includes six dates in Australia and New Zealand.
After making them laugh Down Under, Iglesias will appear at The Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, California. That’s followed by two shows at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
From Sept. 12 to Sept. 14, Gabriel Iglesias will be in Las Vegas. The comic has a three-night stand booked at the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
Fluffy fans can laugh in the New Year when Gabriel Iglesias performs in Los Angeles on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 at the Nokia Theater.
All you really need to know about Gabriel Iglesias is he’s hilarious. There are, however, a few secondary tidbits you should probably know about the funny man before sitting down and experiencing his uproarious act…
>> Iglesias’ nickname is “Fluffy”…
If you haven’t figured it out “Fluffy” is Iglesias’ nickname. It’s also one of the six levels of fatness: big, healthy, husky, fluffy, “Damn!” and “Ah, hell no!” You might be wondering what’s the difference between “Damn!” and “Ah, hell no!?” According to Iglesias, you’ll let “Damn!” ride an elevator with you but not “Ah, hell no!”
>>Iglesias can mimic anything…
Iglesias employs a lot of voices, impressions, and sound effects during his act. If you’re watching Iglesias on video you might wonder if his voices, impressions, and sound effects were dubbed in during post production. If you watch Iglesias live, however, you’ll realize that the comedian is just that good at the voices, impressions, and sound effects.
>>Iglesias wears Hawaiian shirts…
Iglesias wears Hawaiian shirts but he’s not Hawaiian (although he did record a comedy special in the 50th state called “Aloha Fluffy: Gabriel Iglesias Live from Hawaii”). He wears Hawaiian shirts because “they fit.” Iglesias is of Mexican heritage.
>>Iglesias is a master storyteller…
No one spins a yarn better Iglesias. He punctuates his epic tales with his amazing voices, impressions, and sound effects. His ability to mimic just about any sound or voice brings his hysterical stories to life. Even if you’re not rolling on the floor in laughter you’ll still be mesmerized. At the very least, Iglesias is always interesting.
>>Iglesias uses a punchline…
Iglesias doesn’t just recite a bunch of one-liners. He tells stories that have a beginning, middle, and a punchline. This makes it hard to quote Iglesias but as an audience member, you’re rewarded for paying attention.
>>Iglesias is relatable…
Iglesias tells a lot of jokes about his weight and he wears his Latino heritage on his sleeve. That doesn’t mean you have to be overweight or Mexican to enjoy his stand-up. Iglesias draws from a wide range of topics and his humor is quite broad. It doesn’t matter where you come from, or your background, you will relate. Iglesias is a comedic genius who just happens to be Latino and fluffy. In the business, he’s a “crossover.”
“Really, you’re going to call a Mexican crossover?” — Gabriel Iglesias
>>Iglesias is likeable…
Iglesias will drop the occasional “F” bomb and will reference bodily sounds, sex acts, and drug use, but he’s never over-the-top. He’s not as crass as Sarah Silverman or as blue as Louis C.K, but he’s far more likable then most comedians especially those of the Bill Maher and Lewis Black variety. There’s a very affable quality about Iglesias. You’ll want to have a beer (or a piece of chocolate cake) with the guy after the show.
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