Gabriel Iglesias
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.
Gabriel Iglesias

Iglesias in 2010
Birth nameGabriel Jesús Iglesias[1]
BornJuly 15, 1976 (age 44)
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
Early life
Iglesias was born in San Diego, California,[2] the youngest of six children[failed verification] of Esther P. Mendez and Jesús Iglesias.[3] He was raised by his single mother.[4] 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.[2][4]
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.[4][5]
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!!!"[5] 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.[5]
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.[5][6]
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.[5]
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.[7] He also voiced characters in the animated films The Nut Job (2014)[8][9] and El Americano: The Movie (2016).[7]
Iglesias is featured in the reality series Fluffy Breaks Even, which premiered on Fuse on October 1, 2015.[10] The show was renamed Fluffy's Food Adventures upon its third season renewal in January 2017.[11] 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.[12]
Though a substantial chunk of his jokes concerns race relations, such as his popular "gift basket" anecdote,[13] 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.[14]
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.[15]
Personal life
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Iglesias lives in Whittier, California.[16] 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.[17]
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.[17]
2002Entre vivos y plebeyosPiartaShort film
2003El MatadorGabe
2004Days of SantiagoCoquero
2006The Surfer KingAokee
2012Magic MikeTobias
2013PlanesNed and ZedVoice
2014The Nut JobJimmy[18]Voice
2014A Haunted House 2Miguel[19]
2014The Fluffy MovieHimself[20]Stand-up comedy film
2014The Book of LifePepe RodríguezVoice
2015Magic Mike XXLTobias
2016Norm of the NorthPablo and StanVoice
2016El Americano: The MovieGarcía[21][22]Voice
2017Smurfs: The Lost VillageJokey SmurfVoice
2017The Nut Job 2: Nutty by NatureJimmyVoice
2017The StarRufusVoice
2018Show DogsSprinklesVoice
2021Space Jam: A New LegacySpeedy GonzalesVoice
TBABlazing SamuraiChuckVoice
2000All ThatHimself/Various Characters13 episodes
2002My Wife and KidsNabuEpisode: "Table for Too Many"
2003Comedy Central PresentsHimselfStand-up special
2006Last Comic StandingHimself (contestant)4 episodes
2006–2008The Emperor's New SchoolGuacaVoice
5 episodes
2007Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and FluffyHimselfStand-up special
2007Family GuyMexican No. 5Voice
Episode: "Padre de Familia"
2009Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat... I’m FluffyHimselfStand-up special
2011–2014Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up RevolutionHimself (host)19 episodes; Also creator, writer, executive producer
2012The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangeChicken, Krazy Klaus, Mr. Cash, Smash, Mr. Juicy FunVoice
3 episodes
2013Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha FluffyHimselfStand-up special
2013Key & PeeleHimselfEpisode: "Joke Stealing"
2014-2015CristelaAlberto13 episodes
2014Scooby-Doo! Ghastly GoalsProfessor PerezVoice
TV special
2015–2017Fluffy's Food AdventuresHimself (host)20 episodes; Also creator, writer, executive producer
2016Ice Age: The Great Egg-ScapadeCholly BearVoice
TV special
2016Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said While I Was Hungry[23]HimselfStand-up special
2017NarcosDominican GangsterEpisode: "The Cali KGB"
2018Modern FamilyJorgeEpisode: "Daddy Issues"
2019Gabriel Iglesias: One Show Fits AllHimselfStand-up special
2019Match GameHimself/Celebrity PanelistSeason 4 Episode 7
2019-presentMr. IglesiasGabe Iglesias21 episodes; also executive producer
2020The Masked SingerGuest panelistEpisode: "Mask-Matics: Group B Playoffs"
2020Game On!Himself (contestant)1 episode
2020Nickelodeon's UnfilteredHimselfEpisode: "Corgi Rock Party!"
2020UnleashedHimself (host)
2020The Cabin with Bert KreischerHimelf
  1. ^ Iglesias, Gabriel (December 19, 2016). "Gabriel Jesus Iglesias. Yeah my fam was pretty religious". Twitter.
  2. ^ a b "Bio". fluffyguy.com. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  3. ^ "Gabriel Iglesias". www.facebook.com.
  4. ^ a b c "Gabriel Iglesias takes the stage at The Show for three days". Desert Entertainer.
  5. ^ a b c d e Duck, Allison (July 23, 2009). "Gabriel Iglesias: fabulously fluffy". Las Vegas Weekly
  6. ^ "NBC's 'Last Comic Standing 4' eliminates three, reveals Top 5 finalists". Reality TV World. July 12, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Waits, Anne (December 11, 2013). "Comedian Gabriel Iglesias ready to bring on the laughs". The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  8. ^ Bickel, Britt (January 24, 2014). "Gabriel Iglesias On His New Animated Movie 'The Nut Job'". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Rivera, Zayda (January 16, 2014). "Gabriel Iglesias is a fluffy furry friend in 'The Nut Job'". Daily News. New York.
  10. ^ Iglesias, Gabriel (September 30, 2015). "Fluffy Breaks Even" Premieres Tomorrow, October 1st on FuseTV!. YouTube. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Pena, Jessica (January 6, 2017). "Fluffy Breaks Even: Season Three Ordered by Fuse, Show Title Changed". TVSeriesFinale. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  12. ^ King, Scott ( October 6, 2011). "The Laughspin interview with Gabriel Iglesias" Archived October 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Laughspin.
  13. ^ 7 Funniest Latino Comedians You Should Stream Now
  14. ^ Cesaro Garasa (Jan 13, 2016) Gabriel Iglesias hits stage - and Bakersfield restaurants Bakersfield.com, accessed 27 July 2019
  15. ^ Hinojosa, Alex (February 10, 2012). "Comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias gets key to the city". El Paso Times.
  16. ^ "Gabriel Iglesias". Last Comic Standing. NBC. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  17. ^ a b Dave Brooks (15 Jan 2018) After Battle with Alcohol & Depression, Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is Back with New Tour, Billboard.com, accessed 27 July 2019
  18. ^ Deanne, Derrick (November 15, 2013). "Go Nuts for New 'Nut Job' Poster, Trailer Coming Monday". Movies.com.
  19. ^ "Jaime Pressly, Two Others Enter Wayans' A Haunted House 2". ComingSoon.net. August 24, 2013.
  20. ^ "Open Road Acquires Gabriel Iglesias Comedy Concert Pic". Deadline Hollywood. February 13, 2014.
  21. ^ Hopewell, John (May 20, 2014). "'El Americano 3D' Kicks Off Pre-Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety (magazine). Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  22. ^ Amaya, Mayra (April 30, 2014). "'El Americano': The Animated Film You Haven't Heard of… Yet". Rotoscopers. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  23. ^ "Gabriel Iglesias: Still Fluffy, Still “Hungry,” Not “Sorry” on Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. December 20, 2016.
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