EXCLUSIVE: Gabriel Iglesias Chats ‘Aloha Fluffy’ Comedy

6 years ago by Reg Seeton
Gabriel Iglesias returns to Comedy Central on Sunday, April 14 in Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy - Photo: Comedy Central

Gabriel Iglesias returns to Comedy Central on Sunday, April 14 in Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy – Photo: Comedy Central

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias returns to Comedy Central for the second part of his new special called Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy this Sunday, April 14.

Following the first part of Aloha Fluffy last week, comedian Gabriel Iglesias hits the Comedy Central airwaves in front of a packed house at Honolulu’s Hawaii Theatre Center. Iglesias continues his love of all things Hawaiian by sharing hilarious tales from his unique life as an international comedian performing in Saudi Arabia for royalty, appearing in the film Magic Mike, and creating a one-of-a-kind gift basket for a fellow comedian in Fresno.

After Part 2 of Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy airs this week, Comedy Central will run a special encore on Saturday, April 27 for fans who didn’t get a chance to check out Gabriel as he shared earlier stories of his favorite luau guide bus driver and select Hawaiian language.

Aloha Fluffy is also available as an Extended and Uncensored Blu-ray and DVD, with Outtakes, an encore Magic Mike story, and a 25-minute behind-the-scenes featurette shot during Gabriel’s trip to Honolulu for the special.

Ahead of the second part of Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy, The Deadbolt caught up with “fluffy” himself for an exclusive chat about his comedy special in Hawaii, how he created the material, breaking down stereotypes, and his love of giving back to people in need through comedy.

THE DEADBOLT: You do look great in a Hawaiian shirt.

GABRIEL IGLESIAS: I work it, man!

THE DEADBOLT: So, what took you so long to get to Hawaii?

GABRIEL: It was just one of those things where I started out doing my special in the first venue that I could sell tickets in, which was Bakersfield to my knowledge. After that we decided to do it in El Paso where I had some connections in the industry. I had done my first half-hour one in New York and then we did coast-to-coast and then the center. So, we needed to go somewhere different.

THE DEADBOLT: Were you surprised that no other Comedy Central comedian had done a special in Hawaii?

GABRIEL: We researched it and we were excited because it was like, “Hey, no one’s done a special here since Elvis.” But it made sense. A lot of people already thought I was Hawaiian since I wear these Hawaiian shirts all of the time. It was one of those things like, “Finally!”

THE DEADBOLT: In creating material for the show, what’s the biggest thing that surprised you about the culture?

GABRIEL: I didn’t really have to create it, I just kind of studied people. I was just hanging out. I made friends over there. There was a friend of my named Reno who came out for the special. Everytime I came to town, we’d always hang out. So, everyone has their own thing.

I talked about the language, customs, and things that happened. By me just going on-stage and just talking about stuff like that and relating to the crowd, I was just excited and along for the ride after that.

THE DEADBOLT: It’s really cool that you incorporate your feelings on not being labeled as a Latino comedian. Do you still feel that stereotype like you did earlier in your career?

GABRIEL: Not as much because I think now people are starting to get the big picture. I’ve beat it into people’s heads so many times that a lot of people don’t want to bring it up. They’re like, “Oh, he’s the comedian.” I’m like, “Good!” In this special I talk about it more and why I felt that way. Hopefully in the future I won’t have that situation.

THE DEADBOLT: In doing comedy, how important is it for you to break down certain stereotypes, like in the Aloha special with the Middle East bit?

GABRIEL: I thought that was incredible because I went over there with the wrong mentality. I really did. All I saw was the check at the time. I just figured I’d go in and get out and hopefully we won’t get hurt in the process. But it was completely the opposite, it was great! It was such a great experience. I’ve already been back twice.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias pump the crowd up in Hawaii for Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy - Photo: Comedy Central

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias pumps up the crowd in Hawaii for Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy – Photo: Comedy Central

THE DEADBOLT: Since you’re doing so well with the Comedy Central specials, your tour, and now movies, how much pressure do you feel to do a sitcom? Does that still exist?

GABRIEL: No, no, not at all. I’m getting pressure from agents and managers, things like that, but a sitcom is work. It’s a bunch of work and I don’t like it. I hate showing up on the set early and I hate having to memorize a script and then they change things at the last minute.

I don’t need the pressure of trying to hold a show and then waiting for numbers and things like, “Is it going to go good? Is the network involved?” That’s why I love stand-up, I go out and do my own thing. At the end of the night, I don’t have to worry about it. I get to sleep in.

THE DEADBOLT: It looks like you really enjoy your life off-stage and you don’t seem to be a tortured comedian. Do you feel like a balanced guy at this stage of your life?

GABRIEL: I am semi-balanced. But hey, don’t get me wrong, all comics are messed up, man. We’re all messed up. If you saw my show last night, it started off really, really good but by the end of the night I think I was bawling. Not on-stage, but we’ve all got our little quirks.

We’ve all got a little something in us that’s not right. But I’ve got my family, I’ve got my kid, and I’ve got pets. It’s a pretty normal life when I’m home.

THE DEADBOLT: You did a lot of giving back while you were in Hawaii, to the press, to the military, and more. How important is that to you now that you’re successful?

GABRIEL: Well, you don’t want to be that person who forgets. People will remind you and they’ll tell you. But I’ve always done that even before I’m at where I am now. I’ve always been like that, but you never really hear about it. I’ve done a couple of tours already, the USO, the Air Force Reserve, and I’ve been around the world a couple of times. When I was in Texas, we’d hit a few bases. So, I’ve always done it.

THE DEADBOLT: Since you’ve been losing weight, are you preparing for the day when you’ll be without “fluffy”?

GABRIEL: I do plan on getting under 300 pounds and getting healthier. The plan is already to do that. People ask, “What happens if you lose the fluffy?” I say, “I’m going to call myself buffy.” I’ll have plenty of material to talk about. I’m not worried about losing my act, my edge, or anything like that. I’m more worried about losing toes and fingers, if you know what I mean?

Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy Part 2 airs Sunday, April 14 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central and is currently available as an Extended and Uncensored Blu-ray and DVD.

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!