|Birth name||Gabriel Jesús Iglesias|
|Born||July 15, 1976|
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Observational 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.
Iglesias was born in San Diego, California, the youngest of six children[failed verification] of Esther P. Mendez and Jesús Iglesias. He was raised by his single mother. 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.
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!!!" He later added a 6th level, "Oh Hell No!!"
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 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.
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 is featured in the reality series Fluffy Breaks Even, which premiered on Fuse on October 1, 2015. The show was renamed Fluffy's Food Adventures upon its third season renewal in January 2017. 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
Though a substantial chunk of his jokes concerns race relations, such as his popular "gift basket" anecdote, 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Denotes productions that have not yet been released|
|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||The Nut Job||Jimmy|
|A Haunted House 2||Miguel|
|The Fluffy Movie||Himself||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|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Jokey Smurf|
|The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Jimmy|
|2021||Space Jam: A New Legacy||Speedy Gonzales|
|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|
|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|
|2013||Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy||Himself||Stand-up special|
|Key & Peele||Himself||Episode: "Joke Stealing"|
|2014||Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals||Professor Perez||Voice|
|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|
|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!"|
|The Cabin with Bert Kreischer||Himself|
|2021||Monsters at Work||Gary||Voice|
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- 7 Funniest Latino Comedians You Should Stream Now
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