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Iglesias at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, June 2008
|Birth name||Gabriel J. Iglecias|
July 15, 1976 |
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Genres||Observational comedy, Impressionist, Documentary, satire|
|Subject(s)||Mexican American culture, race relations, obesity jokes, Everyday life|
|Influences||Paul Rodriguez, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby|
Gabriel J. Iglecias (born July 15, 1976), known professionally as Gabriel Iglesias, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor. He is known for his shows I'm Not Fat… I’m Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy. He employs storytelling, effected voices and sound effects in his act, whose other trademarks include references to his weight and his use of Hawaiian shirts. He has been called a "comedy genius" by Hector Saldaña of the San Antonio Express-News.
Gabriel Iglesias was born Gabriel J. Iglecias in San Diego, California. He is of Mexican heritage. His mother placed a letter "c" in his surname in retaliation for his father's absence during his birth, though he does not use this spelling in his every day life, preferring to use the one with the "s". He and his mother lived in Riverside, Corona, Santa Ana, Baldwin Park, and Compton before settling in Long Beach, where Iglesias spent most of his life growing up.
Before going into comedy, Iglesias worked for a cell phone company in Los Angeles. Although his family urged him to remain in that job for its financial security, he insisted on trying his hand at comedy. When maintaining both occupations proved too difficult to handle, he decided to take the risk of doing comedy full-time, against the advice of his mother, who cautioned him against such a move. Iglesias nonetheless left the phone company, which eventually resulted in his being evicted from his home and losing his car. Despite this, he persisted with comedy.
Iglesias often references his weight in his comedy, often saying, "Oh, I’m not fat, I’m fluffy", a term he says was popular among overweight people in the 1940s, which he decided to use in his act. He also references different "Levels of Fatness" in his act, having once described "Five Levels of Fatness", and eventually adding a sixth, called "Oh, Hell no!" in 2009. He also employs voices, sound effects and storytelling in his act, and his other trademark signatures include his Hawaiian shirts and a "nice-guy veneer".
In 2007, Iglesias voiced an entire Mexican family in "Padre de Familia", a sixth season episode of the Fox TV animated comedy Family Guy. That same year, he began voicing a recurring set of identical twin characters on The Emperor's New School, a Disney animated series that he describes as his favorite voice work.
Iglesias was a contestant on the fourth season of reality TV series Last Comic Standing in 2006, surviving elimination to become one of the final eight comics. He was disqualified at that point for having used a smuggled BlackBerry to communicate with family and friends, which violated the rules of the show.
In November 2009, Comedy Central released the DVD of the show Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy.
In 2011, Comedy Central debuted Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution, a standup showcase series with Iglesias produces and hosts. Hector Saldaña of the San Antonio Express-News praised Iglesias and the other comedian he assembled for the show, calling it "one of the all-time funniest comedy package tours" and Iglesias a "comedy genius".
Iglesias has currently hosted/co-hosted six episodes of Equals Three, more than any other guest.
Iglesias plays a strip club DJ and drug dealer in the 2012 film Magic Mike.
Awards and honors
On February 10, 2012, Iglesias was presented with several awards by the city of El Paso, Texas, including the key to the city, a resolution from the El Paso County Commissioners, Congressional Recognition from Congressman Silvestre Reyes, and the Beacon of H.O.P.E Award from the nonprofit organization Operation H.O.P.E, during a luncheon fundraiser that raised an estimated $5,000.
|2000||All That||Various||Main Cast|
|Premium Blend||Performer||Season 3, Episode 8|
|2002||My Wife and Kids||Nabu||Season 2, Episode 17|
|2003||Comedy Central Presents||Himself||Stand-up Special|
|2006-2008||The Emperor's New School||Guaca||Minor Character|
|2006||Last Comic Standing||Himself||Contestant|
|2007||Live at Gotham||Himself||Host|
|Hot and Fluffy||Himself||Stand-up Special|
|Family Guy||Mexican #5||"Padre de Familia"|
|2009||Just for Laughs||Himself||Performer|
|I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy||Himself||Stand-up Special|
|2011–present||Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution||Himself||Creator, Writer, Host, Executive producer|
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Chicken, Mr. Juicy Fun, Mr. Cash and Smash, Krazy Klaus||Guest Star|
|2013||Aloha Fluffy: Parts 1 and 2||Himself||Stand-up Special|
|2002||Entre vivos y plebeyos||Piarta||Short film|
|2004||Days of Santiago||Coquero|
|2006||The Surfer King||Aokee|
|2013||Planes||Ned and Zed||Voice|
|2014||A Haunted House 2||TBA|
|The Nut Job||TBA||Voice
|El Americano: The Movie||García|
- Hot and Fluffy (2008)
- We Luv Fluffy (2009)
- Aloha Fluffy (2013)
- King, Scott ( October 6, 2011). "The Laughspin interview with Gabriel Iglesias". Laughspin.
- "Bio". fluffyguy.com. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
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- Saldaña, Hector (February 3, 2012). "Review: ‘Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution’". My San Antonio.
- "NBC's 'Last Comic Standing 4' eliminates three, reveals Top 5 finalists". Reality TV World. July 12, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy. Amazon.com. accessed June 30, 2011.
- Hinojosa, Alex (February 10, 2012). "Comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias gets key to the city". El Paso Times.
- Gabriel Iglesias. Last Comic Standing. NBC. accessed October 7, 2011.
- Deanne, Derrick (November 15, 2013). "Go Nuts for New 'Nut Job' Poster, Trailer Coming Monday". Movies.com.
- Presentan “El Americano: The Movie”, coproducción México-EUA - Yahoo TV. Yahoo! TV. September 26, 2013