Comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, who’ll be in New York City this weekend, has added “series star” to his decades-long resume.
Iglesias, currently shooting his upcoming Netflix sitcom, “Mr. Iglesias,” performs Saturday and Sunday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Beacon Theatre, respectively, as part of the 2018 New York Comedy Festival. The 42-year-old comic spoke to The Post about his standup act, his new series and his social media footprint (he personally runs his popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts).
Tell me about “Mr. Iglesias.” Is getting your own TV series the end game?
I’m playing a history teacher in the city of Long Beach, [California], and the school I’m teaching at [Woodrow Wilson High School] is my real high school. A lot of times you gotta do the Hollywood “fake high school,” but we got permission to use the real name, logos and colors [of the school] so I thought that was a really nice touch. We’re at the halfway point now and filming until Dec. 20. All the kids on the show are students in jeopardy of being counseled out [of school], and I’m fighting for them because they’re all good kids.
When I started doing standup, other comics would tell me what the goal is: You want to have that one-hour HBO special, a sitcom and you want to do movies. You had to do those other things in order to have a fan base. Fortunately, things changed because of social media. I was able to build a fan base without any of that. I’m actually working backwards.
Why are you called “Fluffy”?
That nickname was given to me by my mom about 30 years ago. She would get mad because I’d call myself fat and she’d say, “You’re not fat, you’re fluffy.” I told the story onstage and it got a really big response. I hated the fact that when I got off stage people wouldn’t call me Gabriel, they’d call me “Fluffy.” At the time I only had so much material: Do I scrap material that’s getting laughs, just for the sake of the name, or do I learn to embrace it? I learned to embrace it. If you Google “fluffy” I’m the number-one thing that pops up. I come up before “rabbits” and “comforters” and “cotton candy.” I took over the word “fluffy” on the internet. I’ve been called worse.
Why does your stand-up act strike such a chord with your fans?
I don’t think it’s always what I’ve said on stage — a lot of it has to do with what I don’t say on stage. My show does not get political. I don’t break people up throwing my opinions out there and telling people what they need to do or how to live. I avoid religion, politics — I don’t even talk about sports. I try to bring people together and not say anything that’s going to divide them. I get that question all the time: “Do you ever feel a little bit restricted?” Yes, I do, but I owe it to my fans to give them what they expect — to be entertained and forget about what’s going on outside and have a good time. So I keep my opinions and my personal beliefs to myself. A lot of comics are starting to go down that road of getting political now and it’s gonna bite them in the butt. If you leave my show depressed and bummed out, I’ve failed.
Is there more incentive to add new material to your act because of social media?
When I release a new [stand-up] special, I try not to do that material anymore. It’s gone for me. I don’t perform material people already know if they can see the joke coming. That tells me I’m getting lazy. The day after my [Netflix] stand-up special comes out in January, that’s it — I scrap that material.
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