Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, also known as “Fluffy”, is bringing never-before-seen footage from his sold-out “Unity Through Laughter” tour to the big screen…The Fluffy Movie hits theaters this Friday, 7/25.
I had the chance to chat with him earlier this week and here is what he had to say about the movie, life, parenting
Why should we go and see The Fluffy Movie?
It’s the first ever non rated R stand up comedy film. It’s a film you can take the entire family to, it’s about family and is very relatable. It’s more than just stand up, it’s a one man show.
How important was it to you that this film is not be rated R?
It’s important because I have a lot of parents that come up to me after the show and say their kids were the ones that turned them on to me but unfortunately they can’t get into the show because of their age (due to the venues age restrictions). By making the film pg-13, I’m making it so that everyone in the family can finally come out together.
Your thoughts on The Fluffy Movie
I’m very proud of this. I’ve done many specials and this is one I put most of my heart and passion into it. If I die tomorrow I can say that this is the pinnacle. It’s gonna be hard to top this for myself.
How did Fluffy become part of your act?
I’ve used the term fluffy for about 15 years now.
I used to do a joke where I would call myself fat in front of my mom and my mom would say “Mijo, you’re not fat, you’re fluffy” and it got such a big laugh when I did it…at the end of a night when I would talk to people…they’d always call me fluffy. I would say my name as many times as I could during my sets so that people would remember and no, that one joke trumped everything and everyone was calling me fluffy after that act. I didn’t like it at first…I didn’t want people calling me fluffy but the joke was that good that I didn’t want to give it up and eventually I got over it and learned to embrace it. Then I learned how to brand and market it.
If you had to describe yourself using 3 words without using the word fluffy how would you describe yourself?
Approachable happy guy
What is your best parenting tip?
You can embarrass your kids and get so much further than hitting them or yelling at them…every chance I get to embarrass my son in public makes him pay that much more attention to what I told him at home.
How has becoming a parent changed your comedy?
It’s made me grow up a lot. I see things differently and it’s made me appreciate more…I thought that I understood life but I didn’t. I didn’t understand life until I had to be responsible for one.
Because I’m a parent now I’m trying to do more work that is relatable to families.
How do you choose your material?
I talk about what I go through. A lot about family. I talk about hanging out with friends. As a comic I am on the road 46 weeks out of the year, weekend anyways. I am home every week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and sometimes Thursday and I’m gone on the weekends. So my shows are about the double life, one with the home and the other as an entertainer.
Anything you won’t discuss?
I do not talk about politics. I do not talk about religion and I do not talk about sports because I feel like if you talk about any of those three your automatically going to divide the room and people are not going to be up to listening to what you have to say.
Are your shows scripted or do you just say what comes to mind?
I’ll basically go on stage and use whatever bothers me or whatever issues I have going on or stories of things that have happened…that’s how I come up with stuff. I just go out there and free flow and see what happens. Every other show, I’m recording and then listening to them and whatever works I repeat, whatever doesn’t I tweak and make it funny for the next time and if I still can’t get a laugh out of them, I’ll cut it from the set. It’s all about trial and error.
How do you prepare?
I do not write anything down. I do not know how to structure myself that way. I don’t have the discipline to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and write stuff down. It has to be organic and feel in the moment. That’s why I record them so I can go back and listen to it and duplicate.
If you want an entertainer what would you be doing?
I was actually going to be a teacher…but I was really passionate about becoming a comic.
What’s next for you?
I signed on to do The Nut Job 2 and although it sounds a little dirty, it’s a kids film.
We’re in talks right now about Magic Mike 2 but that’s one of those where I’m like should I do it or should I not do it? It’s not a matter of money or attention, it’s more about is it going to make sense so my career? Because I’m doing a lot more family stuff.
Definitely a lot more voice over work. I also have another movie coming out called El Americano, also The book of Life movie. A lot more animated stuff. I’m also going to be making a lot of apprearances on a new sitcom on ABC called Cristela.
Did you know…
- He likes cookies more than cake.
- He loves his 3 chihuahuas.
- He owns a toilet that was about 5,000 dollars and he thinks it is worth every dollar he spent on it.
- It took about a year to get the comedy set for the movie together and has since been retired.