Fluffy catches a big break in Dubai

Amer­i­can comic con­nects with au­di­ence over ‘per­sonal stuff’

7 Days in Dubai - - LIFE - chris.fraser@7days.ae

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

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