Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias has been taking his storytelling to new heights by performing in arenas all over the country. He has released a trio of stand-up specials titled “Hot & Fluffy” “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy” and “Aloha: Fluffy.” Now, a proven comedic force Iglesias is releasing a theatrical stand-up comedy film (“The Fluffy Movie”) larger than anything he has done before in his career. He doesn’t seem to be phased by the pressure, he actually embraces the challenge.
Red Carpet Crash was able to sit down with him to discuss his writing process, marketing skills and some insight into what makes a great performer. “The Fluffy Movie” hits theaters nationwide July 25th.
Your stand-up puts fans at east and at times forget that you are watching a performer. It feels like more of a “camp-fire” chat so to speak, what qualities makes for a captivating storyteller?
Gabriel: “Being able to relate to people, showing people that you are flawed. If people realize that you have problems too they are more adept to listen to your work. If you sound like you have your s**t together they don’t want to hear that, they don’t want to hear somebody who all has the answers. If you know that old saying “Misery Loves Company” there is a reason for that. If you know somebody who is messed up you can connect with that, you bond with them so much quicker. I tell people, you know I am down 100 lbs. I am not trying to make myself look better, I am diabetic and if I don’t lose weight I am going to die and right off the bat that grabs their attention.”
Well, who are some storytellers that have influenced your work?
Gabriel: “I don’t really study anybody, I will tell you what comics I do enjoy watching who are story-tellers. For example, I enjoy watching Ron White, he has a cadence to his voice that is so slow and he paces himself so nicely I can just sit and listen to him for hours.”
The nick-name “Fluffy” doesn’t just refer to your appearance, but it also relates to your light-hearted approach to comedy. Why do you think this has resonated with audiences so well over the years?
Gabriel: “I think it’s because I am non-threatening, nothing about me is threatening. I am not going tell them anything that is going to mess their day up, I am not going to talk about political, or controversial, or religious topic. Early on when people starting calling me “Fluffy” it was just a joke in the beginning, I didn’t go out of my way to get people to call me “Fluffy,” people just started doing it. After shows people would approach me and say “Great show Fluffy,” and I’m like “For Real” I said that once throughout the set and that’s what you remember? Honestly, I thought about dropping the joke all together, but one-day I just embraced it and when I finally did that I created branding for myself and keeping that consistency has become one of the best decisions I have made.”
Some writers lock themselves in a room, others jot down observational notes for material, take us through your writing process is it organic, or does you have to force the material at times?
Gabriel: “I try to keep it as natural and organic as possible. So here is what I do, I take a day like today and go up on stage and sum up a story of what happened today. I will try to paint a picture and add as many characters and sound effects to the story to try and sell it, if there is something there I will get a laugh, or try to find a way to get a laugh. If it doesn’t come across as funny, I will make fun of the fact it wasn’t funny and that will get the laugh. Nothing I do is ever on paper, I don’t have anything on paper. I am not one to sit down and write, I can’t do it. Which is why I think being a story-teller is the way to go, if I having a good day great, but if I am having a bad day chances are the story is going to be a lot funnier. People love hear about when things aren’t going well. So I share stories about when things aren’t going well with my girlfriend, my son, or even being stuck at the airport. I will just take stuff and see what works, if it sticks I’ll use it, if not I’ll discard the bit altogether. I will record my shows to critique myself and that is my process of creating content on stage.”
The tagline for “The Fluffy Movie” is “Unity Through Laughter” one would think intimate venues like clubs it is easier to forge a connection with the audience, how do you adjust your performance when addressing such a large audience?
Gabriel: “You know what for some reason it is one of those things you can hear a pin drop. For example, when I am talking about a sensitive topic it is more of a timing thing. In a comedy club you can go really fast and in an area you have to take your time by slowing down your delivery just a little bit. You got to be able to talk to the front of the house and the back of the house it is actually not that hard. I have done enough arenas now that I am comfortable with performing in those settings. The giant screens and sounds systems help a lot with addressing people in the back of the venue.”
Are you returning for “Magic Mike XXL?”
Gabriel: Yep! (Laughs)
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