Fluffy catches a big break in Dubai
American comic connects with audience over ‘personal stuff’
From weight problems to health issues and complicated relationships, there are certain topics that are just a little too personal for public discussion. For larger-than-life American comic Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias, it’s all fuel for a fun show. The Californian has been making people laugh for almost 20 years, with a high-octane style that mixes up storytelling, characters and sound effects.
He’s happy to get personal about his own issues, and feels the audience enjoys the material for that reason.
Talking to 7DAYS ahead of his show with 117 Live at Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday, he says: “I think that actually a lot of times people relate to things I am talking about. It is not so much that I am giving them advice on what do, people feel comfortable knowing they are not alone out there. This is personal stuff,” he says with a laugh.
WEIGHING UP ISSUES
Although weight is one of the topics that is covered in a fun way, the comic acknowledges it is also a serious subject. Fluffy was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes several years ago.
When asked how the fitness fight is going, the 39-year-old admits: “I fell off that track a long time ago and I’m trying to get on again. I didn’t gain the weight back but I didn’t lose any more so this is where I am now, on a little plateau and I definitely need to get forward sooner rather than later.”
In Fluffy Breaks Even, a non-scripted comedy hit on US cable, audiences got a flavour of what Iglesias and friends would eat on the road. In the show, calories would be counted and then burnt off as Fluffy and pals attempt to “break even” with a different restaurant and workout.
It’s not so easy when there’s no ‘break even’ on tour though as the 39-year-old explains: “Well, we are always out late, we are eating late and we are eating fast food. When you are out and eating late, you’ve got to understand that only bad food is available. Doing that day after day, for many years has led me to be in the position that I am in now. But for the most part we now try to check in to hotels and hit the gym!”
KEEPING IT REAL
Fluffy is no stranger to the region. He’s played in the UAE a number of times and also enjoyed dates in Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
He doesn’t feel the need to tone down his material, adding “no matter where I go, people are not going to get offended”.
“All of these experiences lead to new stories so I think as long as I keep doing this I will be OK. If I decide to stay at home, that’s when I will have a problem.”
People feel comfortable knowing they are not alone out there. – Comic Gabriel Fluffy Iglesias