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Gabriel Iglesias
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Iglesias in 2010
Birth nameGabriel Jesús Iglesias[1]
Born (1976-07-15) July 15, 1976 (age 45)
San Diego, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Years active1997–present
GenresObservational comedy, surreal humor, physical comedy, self-deprecation, satire
Subject(s)Latin American culture, race relations, obesity, everyday life, pop culture, human behavior

Gabriel Jesús Iglesias (born July 15, 1976), also known as Fluffy, is an American comedian and actor. He is known for his shows I'm Not Fat… I'm Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy.

In 2018, Iglesias was one of the top 10 paid comedians in the world.[2]

Early life

Iglesias was born in San Diego, California,[3] the youngest of six children[failed verification] of Esther P. Mendez and Jesús Iglesias.[4] He was raised by his single mother.[5] He is of Mexican heritage. He grew up in Riverside, Corona, Santa Ana, Baldwin Park, and Compton before settling in Section 8 low-income housing in Long Beach, where Iglesias spent most of his youth.[3][5]


Iglesias worked for a cell phone company in Los Angeles and in 1997 went into comedy full-time, though it resulted in him being evicted from his home and losing his car.[5][6]

Iglesias often references his weight in his comedy, often saying, "Oh, I'm not fat, I'm fluffy", elaborating that there were five levels of fatness, "Big", "Healthy", "Husky", "Fluffy", and "DAMN!!!"[6] He later added a 6th level, "Oh Hell No!!"

In 2000, he appeared in the sixth season of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That, co-starring with Amanda Bynes and Nick Cannon.[6]

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.[6][7]

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.[6]

In 2011, Comedy Central debuted Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution, a standup showcase series which Iglesias produced and hosted, running for three seasons before ending in 2014.

Iglesias has hosted/co-hosted six episodes of Equals Three, and played a strip club DJ and drug dealer in the 2012 film Magic Mike.

Iglesias voiced Ned and Zed in the 2013 DisneyToon Studios film, Planes.[8] He also voiced characters in the animated films The Nut Job (2014)[9][10] and El Americano: The Movie (2016).[8]

Iglesias is featured in the reality series Fluffy Breaks Even, which premiered on Fuse on October 1, 2015.[11] The show was renamed Fluffy's Food Adventures upon its third season renewal in January 2017.[12] In 2019, he played Gabe Iglesias, in Mr. Iglesias, a Netflix original series about a teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. He made a guest appearance on WWE Backstage on FS1, to take part in a segment called promo school.

Influences and style

Iglesias’ comedy influences are Paul Rodriguez, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, and Bill Cosby.[13]

Though a substantial chunk of his jokes concerns race relations, such as his popular "gift basket" anecdote,[14] Iglesias tends to avoid edgy humor or deliberately offensive humor in favor of cleaner, if adult-oriented, material which he claims helps him maintain a sizeable and diverse audience.[15]

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 and the Beacon of H.O.P.E Award from the nonprofit organization Operation H.O.P.E.[16]

Personal life

Iglesias lives in Whittier, California.[17] He has a son Frankie, who was born in 1998, and a long-term girlfriend whose identity he does not discuss in order to protect her privacy.[18]

In The Fluffy Movie, Iglesias describes how at his heaviest, which he states was 445 pounds (202 kilograms), he was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, and with his blood sugar spiking to over 300 mg/dl (16.6 mmol/L) regularly, was given two years to live by his doctor. He said the shock of being told he had two years to live prompted him to reevaluate how he took care of himself, and explained that he decided to lose weight in order to ensure his continued presence in the lives of his loved ones. Iglesias described the struggle to incorporate a healthier lifestyle, relating how he was told by a specialist that his heavy touring schedule precluded him from being a candidate for bariatric surgery, and how he resorted instead to weight-lifting, Diamond Dallas Page Yoga, and a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, which helped him shed over 100 pounds (45 kilograms). Iglesias has also struggled with depression and alcohol abuse which he attributes partly to burnout from his heavy touring schedule.[18]

On July 15, 2021 on his 45th birthday, Iglesias tested positive for COVID-19, and cancelled his remaining shows at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts as well as the taping of his upcoming comedy special.[19][20]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes productions that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Entre vivos y plebeyos Piarta Short film
2003 El Matador Gabe
2004 Days of Santiago Coquero
2006 The Surfer King Aokee
2012 Magic Mike Tobias
2013 Planes Ned and Zed Voice
2014 The Nut Job Jimmy[21]
A Haunted House 2 Miguel[22]
The Fluffy Movie Himself[23] Stand-up comedy film
The Book of Life Pepe Rodríguez Voice
2015 Magic Mike XXL Tobias
2016 Norm of the North Pablo and Stan Voice
El Americano: The Movie García[24][25]
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Jokey Smurf
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Jimmy
Coco Clerk
The Star Rufus
Ferdinand Cuatro
2018 Show Dogs Sprinkles
2019 UglyDolls Babo
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Speedy Gonzales
TBA Blazing Samurai Chuck


Year Title Role Notes
2000 All That Himself/Various Characters 13 episodes
2002 My Wife and Kids Nabu Episode: "Table for Too Many"
2003 Comedy Central Presents Himself (Season 7/Episode 1) - Stand-up special
2006 Last Comic Standing Himself (contestant) 4 episodes
2006–2008 The Emperor's New School Guaca Voice
5 episodes
2007 Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy Himself Stand-up special
Family Guy Mexican No. 5 Voice
Episode: "Padre de Familia"
2009 Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat... I’m Fluffy Himself Stand-up special
2011–2014 Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution Himself (host) 19 episodes; Also creator, writer, executive producer
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Chicken, Krazy Klaus, Mr. Cash, Smash, Mr. Juicy Fun Voice
3 episodes
2013 Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy Himself Stand-up special
Key & Peele Himself Episode: "Joke Stealing"
2014-2015 Cristela Alberto 13 episodes
2014 Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals Professor Perez Voice
TV special
Gabriel Iglesias Presents Rick Gutierrez: I'm Not Mad. I'm Just a Parent Himself TV special
2015–2017 Fluffy's Food Adventures Himself (host) 20 episodes; Also creator, writer, executive producer
2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Cholly Bear Voice
TV special
Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said While I Was Hungry Himself Stand-up special
2017 Narcos Dominican Gangster Episode: "The Cali KGB"
2018 Modern Family Jorge Episode: "Daddy Issues"
2019 Gabriel Iglesias: One Show Fits All Himself Stand-up special
Match Game Himself/Celebrity Panelist Season 4 Episode 7
2019-2020 Mr. Iglesias Gabe Iglesias 21 episodes; also executive producer
2020 The Masked Singer Guest panelist Episode: "Mask-Matics: Group B Playoffs"
Game On! Himself (contestant) (Season 1/Episode 1)
Unfiltered Himself Episode: "Corgi Rock Party!"
Unleashed Himself (host)
The Cabin with Bert Kreischer Himself
2021 Monsters at Work Gary Voice



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  14. ^ 7 Funniest Latino Comedians You Should Stream Now
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  19. ^ Iglesias, Gabriel (July 15, 2021). "Important announcement I DON'T want to make on my bday ☹️ #gabrieliglesias #COVID19". Facebook. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  20. ^ Ushe, Naledi (July 15, 2021). "Comedian Gabriel Iglesias Cancels Show After Testing Positive for COVID, Says He Feels 'Pretty Good'". People. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  21. ^ Deanne, Derrick (November 15, 2013). "Go Nuts for New 'Nut Job' Poster, Trailer Coming Monday".
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