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Gabriel Iglesias is a stand-up comic known for his funny impersonations, crazy sound effects and obnoxious Hawaiian shirts. He started his career on All That (during the time when the show's popularity was fading, as the original cast had left and the new cast was met with criticism with not being as funny as the old cast), and ended up getting specials on Comedy Central. He's also known for his good-natured Self-Deprecation and bright attitude about being what he calls "fluffy".All of the hilarious stories he tells have basis in truth. He happens to live a quite crazy life and draws from these experiences. He also likes chocolate cake and is delighted and surprised when fans bring it to him.Has a website.Has a show called Gabriel Iglesias' Stand-Up Revolution.He currently has a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Cristela.
Tropes related to Gabriel Iglesias:
Always a Bigger Fish: Gabriel sells T-shirts after his shows emblazoned with "I'm Not Fat, I'm Fluffy", sized up to XXXXXXL. After one show he found himself confronted by a Level 6 (see below), who was upset that he couldn't find a T-shirt big enough to fit him. Gabriel's shocked response? "I didn't know they made you!"
Ambiguously Brown: He says he's always mistaken for being Hawaiian or Samoan, and dismisses the fact he wears Hawaiian shirts as the reason ("Just because someone wears a serape and a sombrero doesn't mean you'll think he's an amigo!"). He later went to Hawaii and realized they all looked like "swollen Mexicans."
Ass Shove: One of his routines relates his trip to the doctor with a complaint of "I can't fart." The doctor examines him, described only as "I'm not gonna tell you what he did, but you know what he did" and diagnoses him with a blockage, easily remedied with an enema.
Happens again when he introduces his then-girlfriend (now wife) to his mother for the first time. His mom complained (in Spanish) that he brought home a white girl... only to be shocked when she spoke the same language.note She is Mexican, but light-skinned.
Bilingual Bonus: Moves seamlessly between English and Spanish in his shows.
Brick Joke: "But it was funny, huh?" To wit: Cop pulls over Gabe, his friends, and Felipe, whose purpose in life is to get Gabe in humungous trouble and he does so by antagonizing the cop. Gabe tells a joke, leading to the first "But it was funny, huh". After the situation's defused and he gets away scot-free for making the cop laugh, the friend jokes about pot in his pocket. The cop PULLS OUT HIS PIECE AND POINTS IT AT HIS FRIEND, screaming that just because Gabe got off lightly doesn't mean the friend will, too... and the friend promptly cries, asking if he's going to jail. "Nope! But it was funny, huh?"
In the Left the Background Music On example below, the cop in question mentions that the only story he ever heard that was funnier than this one was the time some fat Mexican offered one of his colleagues some donuts (see Donut Mess with a Cop, below).
In his next special: His girlfriend begins to freak out when Franky starts to experience signs puberty is setting its course and he tells her "Don't worry, I'll be the man, I'll take care of it" to calm her down. This comes back later to bite him in the ass when Franky asks what a hooker is and his girlfriend echoes his promise word for word. He gets his revenge though, by telling him "You wanna know what a hooker is? Those are your mom's friends.", causing Franky to chime "hookers are here!" every time they visit them.
It's become a Brick Joke, but it was actually explained in one of his much earlier appearances. After enduring too many of his friend's 'but it was funny, huh?' comments after doing something dumb and attracting the attention of the police at a border checkpoint, Gabriel and another friend traveling with him decide they're going to get one back on him—and while his friend is sleeping in his hotel room, continually call his room pretending to be the front desk ordering him to keep the noise down and that other guests are complaining. After one of these calls (Gabriel using his great voice repertoire) a 'Damn Mexicans' is added, which sets off his buddy. Who promptly charges downstairs and in the middle of the lobby starts shouting about how this hotel is full of racists—a rant that ends with Gabriel revealing the identity of the caller, delivering a "Hello, sir?" in the same nasal voice. Cue a well-deserved and triumphant 'But it was funny, huh?' from Gabriel.
At the end of the "I'm Not Fat, I'm Fluffy" special, Gabriel has to call On-Star to report his car stolen, getting Kim. She asks for his name since his ID card is chewed up, he gives it... and there's a prolonged silence. Thinking the call dropped, he asks a few times whether she's there, then she says in the Sassy Black Woman tone "Do you spell that wit' a I?" He quickly hangs up, then calls back using the Spanish line this time, gets through, and "I speak Spanish too, motherfucker!"
The Sassy Black Woman hotel concierge makes a very brief 'cameo appearance' in The Fluffy Movie: when explaining the distinctive way that Indians move their heads when they speak, he points out that many cultures have idiosyncrasies like that and throws in a quick "I heard da bell!" when demonstrating the mannerisms of black people.
Donut Mess with a Cop: Twice. He's had many encounters with the police, but on one occasion made an illegal turn out of a Krispy Kreme and got caught. The policeman pulled him over and asked the obligatory, "You know why I pulled you over?"
Gabriel:(Purposefully opening the donut box) "'Cuz you could smell it!"
Cop: "Oh, son of a bitch!" (Dies laughing)
Dude Looks Like a Lady: Once he and a friend were riding a log flume ride at an amusement park, and his friend dared him to flash the camera that takes pictures as they go downhill. So they both lifted up their shirts, and are then pulled aside by security as they exited the ride. They think they're busted, until the security guard asks them if they "know where these two women went." Apparently:
"When you've got two big fluffy guys like us, going downhill at a steep angle, we look like sexy bitches!"
He used to believe that the absolute biggest people could go was 'Daaayum'! After countless shows and demands by angry fat people as to why there's nothing beyond that scale, he still can't believe there are people THAT MUCH FATTER than him.
Compared to "Daayum", in which people mistook you for an amusement park ride, "Aw, HELL naw!" comes with Godzilla sounds. Gabe was damn sure the elevator he was in would collapse if they let him in.
Faux Yay: In his special "I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy", he talked about getting drunk in El Paso and ending up at a gay club. When he realized where he was and realized that guys were checking him out, he embraced it, putting his hands on his hips and going "Shoot..." in fairly camp manner. He even went so far as to call his girlfriend to say, "You better not mess up, because I have options."
In "Hot and Fluffy", he's said he's turned gay for five seconds after having a plane drop during a lightning storm. Oh, and brought up the aforementioned accidental Gay Bar incident.
He tends to scream like a woman a lot during his routines.
Fetish Fuel: For him, it's all about food. Especially: invoked
For the Lulz: Gabriel's friend Felipe frequently pulls off really dickish pranks that (either almost or actually) get the whole bunch of them in serious trouble. His justification when they bitch him out later? "But it was funny, huh?" It later bites him in the ass.
(group of white shoppers enters) *chime* "Welcome to the Arizona Mall." (Gabe and his friends enter) *chime* "Bienvenido al Centro Comercial de Arizona." (group of black men enter) *chime* Yo dawg, welcome to the mall!"
He recounts calling up Gatorland in Florida, where the Spanish hotline consisted of "I don't speak Spanish, but I'm sure you'll love this park."
Happily Married: His girlfriend first mentioned in his second DVD special is now his wife. The fact that by his 2013 special he only had 7 stories about her indicates how jolly the marriage is in general.
Hula and Luaus/Aloha Hawaii: He recounts being mistaken for Hawaiian constantly (due to his Hawaiian shirt and size). He was perplexed and annoyed by people asking this... until he actually went to Hawai'i and found out why (they all, quote, "look like swollen Mexicans" and are fluffy like him!)
He later did a special in Honolulu that poked fun at Hawai'i life.
Gallows Humor: A variation, he says that you can get out of trouble with a cop if you can make them laugh. So he once had "Bad Boys" blaring over his speakers when a cop pulled him over for speeding. The cop couldn't stop laughing so he sent him on his way.
Gangbangers: His routine sketch involves an anecdote when he used to drive a tiny Volkswagen Beetle, and getting made fun of by some Mexican gangbangers for somehow fitting in a Beetle.
Eyyyyyy! How you get in there, Ese!?
Then he modifies it, complete with "La Cucaracha" car horn - and he's still made fun of.
Momma's Boy: In two of his specials he takes time out of the act to draw attention to his mother in the audience, and speaks lovingly about her. He says he owes a lot to her in other specials, because he feels she's the reason why he's successful—if he can't make his mom laugh with a joke, the joke isn't funny.
Of course, he's also pointed out that she sometimes doesn't get the joke because she's Literal-Minded with her son.
Gabriel: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Mom: Who let out the chicken!?
Gabriel: It's a joke, mom.
Mom: It's no joke, babosa, you know how much I pay for those chickens!?
Mood Whiplash: When telling the "excessive speeding" story; he has the California Highway Patrolman grooving to the theme to COPS, even walking to the beat of the song, but when he returns to Gabriel's car, he snaps right back into serious mode, shouting, "SHUT IT OFF!" at Gabriel.
Later, he lets them go, only for Gabe's friend Felipe to run his mouth. The cop yanks out his gun and aims it at Felipe, who continues to be a smartass until the cop pulls a Dramatic Gun Cock and tells him he's going to jail.
Retroactive Wish: In one of his first routines, Gabriel talked about how much he loved chocolate cake; since then, people have brought him chocolate cake when they go to his shows. This caused one of his friends to ask, "Why didn't you do a joke about hookers?" and his girlfriend's son to say, "You should say you loveTransformers."
Sassy Black Woman: During the Racist Gift Basket portion—complete with "You need Jesus". A different one shows up in his "I'm Not Fat, I'm Fluffy" special, who had very little patience for his checking in at the hotel at 1 AM.
Wit' an I!? But you said Eee-glesias. You didn't say eye-glesias, you said Eee-glesias! Whatever you say, it's yo' damn name - Mister Eee-glesias wit' an I!
Screams Like a Little Girl: A sudden loss of altitude in a plane tends to do that to you. In fact, Gabriel loves to pulls off the excited scream in his shows, usually during impersonations.
Left the Background Music On: In another instance with a policeman, he was pulled over for speeding. The policeman walked over, and since he usually gets off easy if he can make a cop laugh, he turned on his Bad Boys II CD and blared the COPS theme song. The policeman "damn near pissed himself".
Spell My Name with an "S": One routine revolved around an especially sassy black woman working at a hotel front desk—whose Spanish was lacking, apparently—miffed about his name being spelled "Iglesias" despite having a long "E" sound in English.
Also, his legal name is Gabriel Iglecias. Professionally, he spells it with two s's for simplicity's sake.
Truth in Television: In Hot and Fluffy, he recites being told about a Floridian theme park revolving around gators, called Gatorland, in which pressing the option for Spanish when calling the theme park results in a "I don't speak Spanish, but I'm sure you'll love this park." The park actually did have the Spanish option that actually said this, but it was eventually removed.
Violation of Common Sense: During the traffic stop story, Gabriel and his buddies manage to get off scot-free after doing over 100 on the freeway by making the cop laugh... which should have gotten them tossed in jail. He even says, "I don't know what possessed me to look at [the California highway patrolman] and ask, 'Why?'"
Vocal Dissonance: One routine relates how Gabe once toyed with a fast food drive-through by ordering in a voice that sounded more like a perky white girl than a large male Latino, and then pulled up with a tough-looking "gangsta" face to receive his food. Upon being offered a condiment, he flipped back to the perky female voice with, "OMIGAWD, yes!"
Subverted at all the fast food drive-thrus near his house. They recognize him despite the usual perky female voice he uses:
You Are Fat: Got really drunk at his high school reunion and was then forced to go up on stage due to being the celebrity of the class. In front of everyone, he called out two women who turned him down for dates and told them that they had gotten fat. When one of them shouted "You're fat too!" he said "I know, but I was fat in high school. I kept my figure, why couldn't you?"