Gabriel Iglesias is a stand-up comedian and voice actor. He’s affectionately known as “Fluffy,” a word he likes to use instead of “fat.” Iglesias employs impressions, sound effects, and storytelling in his act. Much of his material is about his weight, friends, and family. A testament to Iglesias’ popularity is that his first two DVDs, Hot & Fluffy and I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy, have sold more than one million units.
In 2014, Iglesias’ starred in his own stand-up comedy film, The Fluffy Movie. The flick was directed by Manny Rodriguez. The concert movie is comprised of footage from two Iglesias shows—one on Feb. 28 and the other from March 1. Both were held in San Jose, California. The Fluffy Movie received decent reviews and Iglesias was praised for his likability and accents.
Prior to the Fluffy Movie, Iglesias appeared in Magic Mike (2012) and A Haunted House 2 (2014). On television, he guest starred in My Wife and Kids, Last Comic Standing, and Nickelodeon’s All That.
Iglesias has also done extensive voice work. He has lent his immense talents to the animated movies Planes (2013), The Nut Job (2014), The Book of Life (2014), and El Americano: The Movie (2015). Iglesias also voiced an entire family on an episode of the Family Guy.
The world was nearly robbed of Iglesias’ humor and talent. Iglesias, who once weighed 455 pounds, was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes and given two years to live by his doctor. This diagnosis inspired Iglesias to adopt a healthier lifestyle. He began lifting weights and doing Yoga. While on the road, his fellow stand-up comedians helped him stick to a strict diet. The hard worked paid off and Iglesias lost a life-saving amount of weight.
Iglesias was born July 15, 1976 in San Diego, California. He has five older brothers and sisters. His real surname is “Iglecias.” His mother changed the “s” to a “c” to spite Gabriel’s father who failed to make it to the hospital to witness his birth.