Gabriel Iglesias has made a career out of a very simple, self-mocking nickname: Fluffy. Fans and celebrities alike yell it at him in the oddest moments. "Fluffy", a 1940s euphemistic reference for fat, is now so associated with Iglesias that even his Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum yelled it at him on their first phone call, he says.
For Iglesias, who performs at Stage 305 this Saturday, the rise to fame wasn't exactly an easy path. Iglesias' narrative includes eviction and a car being impounded, all due to sacrificing everything for a career in comedy. But Iglesias' comedy, which includes squeaky high voices, a smooth storytelling style, and sound effects that would make Police Academy's Michael Winslow jealous, never pushes too far into the realm of the inappropriate, like fellow comics Daniel Tosh or Anthony Jeselnik. While he may touch on topics like race, Iglesias has always managed a relatively family-friendly brand of comedy (he did have a role on Nickelodeon's All That), probably a good explanation for his success.
We shot some questions over to "Fluffy" himself about the pressure of maintaining his weight, moves he learned on the set of Magic Mike, and his time acting alongside Amanda Bynes, all of which he answered in curt caps-lock one liners. Sans the caps, here's what he had to say.More »