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
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.
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.
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 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
Iglesias lives in Whittier, California
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.
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.
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