Gabriel Iglesias was a favorite on the reality comedy show "Last Comic Standing" in 2006 - that is, until he got the boot for smuggling a BlackBerry into the house to communicate with his loved ones. They call him "Fluffy," and when you see him, you'll know why - making fun of his weight is a big part of his act. Check him out Thursday, March 3 at the Filmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) - although he's from San Diego, he fits right in to Miami's Latino lifestyle, and you might even assume he's a native.
What can we expect from your show?
Oh, man, every time I come to Miami, it's fun and I tell people, "When you leave my show at the end of the night, you wanna hug somebody and get something to eat." It's the feel-good show of the year, man - it's just me telling a bunch of stories about everything that's been going on with me for the last year. I've been around the world and back, so there's a lot to talk about.
So what or whom are you gonna make fun of?
I'm not necessarily making fun of anybody - I'm just telling these stories about everything that's happened to me. I think that's one of the things that's made my show a little bit interesting - not necessarily me putting anybody down, but I find ways to make humorous what has happened to me, even though at the time I'm not laughing. I get a little bit political, but not enough to piss anybody off.
So there are some subjects that you consider taboo, or crossing the line?
Yeah, getting too much into politics is not cool, because you divide the room. Talking about religion - same thing. Telling people what they need to do with themselves - this is what you gotta do - ahhh, it turns people off. And that's why the show has been so successful, because it's such a broad show and everybody can relate to the things that have been happening to me. I almost feel like I'm a big comic strip, like everybody's tuning in - "What happened this week?"
How did you get the nickname "Fluffy"?
It was a nickname my mom gave me years ago, and I just rolled with it, no pun intended. I did a show one night, and I called myself Fluffy during my performance, and afterward when I was hanging out, people were coming up to me going, "Hey, Fluffy, I liked the show," and I was like "Fluffy?" And it stuck, so I just went with it.
You're a West Coast guy - what do you think of Miami?
Are you kidding? I was just there, as a matter of fact, about a week ago. I've been to Miami a few times, and it was a little culture shock at the beginning, because I figured all Latino people are the same? Nope! [laughs] One night I got drunk and wound up at this place called La Carreta over on Calle Ocho, so I know all the local spots - and all the spots to avoid. It's always a lot of fun when I go down there. I've got a lot of friends there, so I make it feel local. When people see me, they're like, "Are you from Miami?"