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Iglesias in June 2008
|Birth name||Gabriel Jesus Iglecias|
July 15, 1976 |
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Subject(s)||Mexican American culture, race relations, obesity jokes, everyday life|
Gabriel Jesus Iglesias (born July 15, 1976), known professionally as Gabriel Iglesias and comically as Fluffy, is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor. He is known for his shows I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy. He has been called a "comedy genius" by Hector Saldaña of the San Antonio Express-News.
Gabriel Iglesias was born Gabriel Jesus Iglecias in San Diego, California, the youngest of six children to a single mother. 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 everyday life, preferring to use the one with the "s". 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". 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 2011, Comedy Central debuted Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution, a standup showcase series which 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 is featured in the new reality show Fluffy Breaks Even, which is currently shown on Fuse TV.
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.
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Iglesias lives in Whittier, California. 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 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 insure 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).
|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||Voice|
|2014||A Haunted House 2||Miguel||-|
|2014||The Fluffy Movie||Himself||Stand-up comedy film|
|2014||The Book of Life||Pepe Rodríguez||Voice|
|2015||Magic Mike XXL||Tobias||-|
|2016||Norm of the North||Pablo and Stan||Voice|
|2016||El Americano: The Movie||García||Voice|
|2016||Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Sorry For What I Said While I Was Hungry||Himself||Stand-up comedy film|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Jokey Smurf||Voice|
|2017||The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Jimmy||Voice|
|2000||All That||Various Characters|
|2000||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||Last Comic Standing||Himself||Contestant|
|2006-2008||The Emperor's New School||Guaca|
|2007||Live at Gotham||Himself||Host|
|2007||Hot and Fluffy||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2007||Family Guy||Mexican No. 5||Voice
Episode: "Padre de Familia"
|2009||Just for Laughs||Himself||Performer|
|2009||I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2011-2014||Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution||Himself||Creator, writer, executive producer|
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Chicken
Mr. Cash and Smash
Mr. Juicy Fun
|2013||Aloha Fluffy: Parts 1 and 2||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2015||Fluffy Breaks Even||Himself||Reality series|
|2016||WWE Tribute to the Troops||Himself|
|2017||Narcos||Fluffy Gangster||Season 3, Episode 2|