It was a lot less “Fluffy” than the packed house at Casino Rama got to see of popular comedian Gabriel Iglesias on Friday night. You see, Fluffy proudly shared with the audience that he has now shed over 110 lbs. What he lost in weight, he seems to have gained in crowd appeal and humour, as he had the audience in stitches for the almost two hours the show lasted. Iglesias made a stop in Canada as part of his “Unity Through Laughter” tour. The show included two opening acts: Iglesias BFF and fellow comedian “Yes, he is real, folks” Martin Moreno and “Straight Outta East L.A.” comedian Alfred Robles, who were both as close to Fluffy’s family-friendly style of comedy as Miley Cyrus is now to being a ‘tween girls role model.
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“If you brought kids to see Fluffy,” said Moreno, “now is the time to take them out.” Both he and Robles were also really funny, but their routines were a little (just a tad 😉 ) more risqué than that of Fluffy’s. Okay, a LOT more risqué. Still super funny, though. And then Mr. Fluffy came out. And He. Just. Killed. It.

Iglesias, who apparently (unlike most comedians) wings it on stage (he doesn’t write the material beforehand and doesn’t practice in front the mirror) told a few hilarious anecdotes about his latest visit to Toronto. Having grown up and still currently living in L.A., he was, first of all, amazed at the great air quality of our city. “You guys have oxygen in the air. I just discovered I can do math!” There was also a lot of bathroom humour in his routine— how can you go wrong with bathroom humour, especially with the absolute mastery of special effect sounds he has? He told the audience about his reprisal of his role of Tobias in the Magic Mike movie sequel…”I’m not one of the strippers, c’mon. I play a DJ. The movie’s called Magic Mike, not Tragic Mike,” he quipped. There were a lot of voices and different accents, something he’s a MASTER of. The British accent, oh my god. There were a couple of almost touching moments, when he told the story of how the internet killed him: they announced he had died last year “and no one called me to check. Except Martin.” I say almost touching because even that turned into a hysterical tale. Or the time he got so drunk with (who else?) Martin, he had to stop on the highway (sorry, freeway), two cops pulled up and there’s a picture out on the interwebs of the incident. Both sad tales had the audience in raucous laughter. Like, honestly, non-stop laughter.

And then, when the show should’ve been over, he just kept going. And we just didn’t want to let him go: he kept showing us the clock, “I’m now 20 minutes over,” but he didn’t want to leave the stage either. And when he started telling some of his old jokes, the set became what he called “Comedy Mariachi,” where people just started yelling out joke requests. It was absolutely hilarious. There was a point where people (everyone, it seemed) were echoing the punchlines…”Martín…Orale!” the entire audience yelled alongside the comedian. “I never thought in a million years I’d be in Canada playing comedy karaoke,” joked a rather surprised Iglesias.

And just like that, sadly, the show was over. Well, it was more than 30 minutes after it was supposed to be over, but still.

It was such a rare treat to see the popular Chula-Vista, California-born Mexican/American comedian, who has been described as “a witty, electrifying and talented performer, who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience.  His high-octane show is a sure-fire hit: a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. Gabriel’s unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.”

For those who missed the Casino Rama show, you can always check out his DVD specials  “Hot & Fluffy”, “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy” and “Aloha Fluffy” as well as his “Stand-Up Revolution” series on Comedy Central or “The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter” now available on DVD/Blu Ray.

Some Gabriel Iglesias Trivia:

  • WWE fan, has attended the last 5 Wrestlemanias
  • He handles his own social media.
  • Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out concerts across the United States and internationally.
  • His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life.
  • His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.
  • He’s an ordained Minister in California. He’s even married a couple (I can totally see a Mr. Beans moment happening here).
  • Unlike most comedians, he wings it on stage— he doesn’t write the material beforehand and doesn’t practice in front the mirror, like a lot of comedians do.
  • He mentioned he liked chocolate cake at one of his shows and he’s received over 3,000 in the last 14 years.
  • Mexican Comedian Pompin Iglesias was his uncle.
  • He’s also a wish granting celebrity for Make-A-Wish.
  • He’s done voiceover work for The Family Guy, Planes, The Book of Life and lately for The Nut Job.
  • Both Gabriel and Enrique Iglesias roots can be traced to Spain.