Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias has a unique talent of delivering hilarious comedy performances. Widely popular among fans of all ages, he goes by the name “Fluffy”. Always wearing the trademark Hawaiian shirt, Gabriel uses a mixture of character, parodies, sound effects and storytelling in his comedy performances. The San Antonio Express-News has described him as a ‘comedy genius’.
Born on July 15, 1976 in San Diego, California, Gabriel’s full name is Gabriel J. Iglesias. Coming from a Mexican heritage, he was raised by a single mother. He lived in Riverside, Corona, Santa Ana, Baldwin Park, and Compton for a short period of time before finally migrating to Long Beach. He spent most of his youth there with his 5 older siblings.
The Mexican- American comedian grew up without a father. His father was not even present during his birth. His mother singlehandedly raised him. He was the youngest of her six children. As his father didn’t even bother to be there while his birth, his mother decided to change the spelling of his last name. She placed a “c” in the place of “s” in his last name. However, Gabriel does not prefer to use that spelling in his everyday life.
Wife and Children:
The 40-year-old comedian is currently living with his actress girlfriend Claudia Valdez in California. They have been in a relationship for years after a chance encounter in 2008. Gabriel doesn’t have any biological child with his girlfriend. Claudia’s son, Frankie who is from her previous relationship stays with them. He has taken all the financial responsibility of Frankie and treats him like his own son.
Before being a comedian, Gabriel use to work in a cell phone company in Los Angeles. He quit his job in order to pursue comedy as a full time profession. In 2000, he first appeared on television in the 6th season of Nickelodeon sketch comedy series ‘All That’. He has given voicing in two animated television series, Family Guy and The Emperor’s New School. Gabriel’s two DVD special named ‘Hot & Fluffy’ and ‘I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy’ have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. In 2011, Comedy Central premiered ‘Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution’ which was both produced and hosted by him. He personally selects a variety of talented and renowned comedians to perform on the show.
The stand-up comedy show gained huge popularity and became one of the most highly rated stand-up series on Comedy Central. The second season of the show came on air in 2012. He made a guest appearance in one episode of a top rated YouTube show called ‘Epic Meal Time’. He has given voicing in several films which include ‘Planes’, ‘The Nut Job’ and ‘El Americano’. In 2012, he starred in the mega-hit film, ‘Magic Mike’ where he played the role of a drug dealer and strip club DJ. He now features in comedy reality show called ‘Fluffy Breaks Even’.
Gabriel Iglesias’s estimated annual income is $1,212,000.