Gabriel Iglesias’ ‘The Fluffy Movie’ Bids Aloha to the Famous Nickname
Published: July 23, 2014
Although his nickname “Fluffy” has defined him for years, stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias isn’t worried about losing his professional identity now that he has shed 100 pounds. in an effort to combat his Type 2 diabetes. He’s more interested in staying alive.
“I’m more concerned about me being around than keeping an image,” Iglesias, 38, told the Current during an interview to promote his new film The Fluffy Movie, which hits theaters July 25. “I still got a ways to go. People keep asking, ‘What do we call you if you keep losing weight?’ I tell them, ‘Don’t worry. I’m lifting weights. Call me Buffy.’”
Aside from having to buy smaller Hawaiian shirts, Iglesias hasn’t changed much and is still one of the most popular stand-up comedians on the planet. During our interview, a couple of days before he sold out the AT&T Center with his Unity Though Laughter Tour last month, Iglesias talked about how The Fluffy Movie is the most personal stage performance he’s ever done and why he thinks dropping his nickname (and more denim shorts sizes) is critical to his future.
I’m a little disappointed you’re not wearing one of your famous Hawaiian shirts today.
Man, you know what? Those things are itchy. On stage, I’d rather rock a shirt with Transformers or something Marvel. I’ll wear a Hawaiian shirt if I’m doing something for TV or a movie. I own over 700 of those things. Chingos Hawaiian shirts!
You’ve done stand-up specials for TV before. How is The Fluffy Movie going to be different than what we’ve seen on Comedy Central?
I think all the other specials [2007’s Hot and Fluffy, 2009’s I’m Not Fat … I’m Fluffy and 2013’s Aloha Fluffy] have led up to this movie. Every time I put out a special, I put more and more personal stuff into it. This movie is going to be the icing on the cake. I’m telling people the story of how my mom and dad met and how I came to be. The material is super personal. I’m talking about my issues with Type 2 diabetes and the reason I had to start losing weight. I’m talking about having to eventually drop the “Fluffy” nickname. It could get to a point where I’m no longer a big dude. I’m talking about how my father showed up after 30 years of being gone. There’s a lot of emotion in this thing.
Was it therapeutic for you to reveal all these things?
It was extremely therapeutic because everyone thinks comics are happy. We’re not. We’re jaded. People think if you have money, it’ll fix the problems, but it creates different ones. As a comedian, especially one that works as much as I do, there is a lot of sacrifice. People don’t see that I’m away from my family 46 weeks out of the year. I miss all the birthdays and anniversaries and holidays. But getting on that stage is electric.