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Gabriel Iglesias is leading the ‘good life’

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.


If you go

Gabriel Iglesias

What: Unity Through Laughter Tour

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman

Tickets: $30, $45 and $65, www.selectaseat.com

Information: www.intrustbankarena.com

It’s good to be fluffy. That’s the adjective portly comic Gabriel Iglesias, who often sports garish Hawaiian shirts, uses to describe himself in his act.

“That’s just how I’m comfortable,” Iglesias said, whose CDs include “Aloha Fluffy” and “We Luv Fluffy.”

“Now that’s how people know me.”

More and more comedy fans are getting to know Iglesias, who will perform Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.

Iglesias likes to get personal onstage. “I like talking about myself since I know what I’m talking about, and people connect with it,” Iglesias said.

“I’ll talk about flying Southwest (airlines). I won’t complain about issues they have with fluffy people. I look at the other side,” he said.

“When I fly Southwest, I buy two seats. It’s what I call ‘ghetto first-class.’ I’ve played by the rules ever since Southwest announced that bigger people have to buy two seats. I’m fine with it. I have lots of room, and it’s great because I get double the snacks.” (Southwest’s policy says a “customer of size” may proactively book an additional seat or receive a complimentary one.)

It’s these kinds of personalized stories, rather than rapid-fire one-liners or topical humor, that fill Iglesias’ routine.

“What I love about telling them is that the stories are original,” Iglesias said. “You have a lot of comics talking Barack Obama or the economy or whatever else is going on in the world. There is only one person that’s living my life.”

Iglesias, who will appear in “A Haunted House 2,” scheduled to be released in April, is fine with working on films. Unlike many of his peers, he’s yet to sell his soul for a sitcom.

“I’m not saying no to a sitcom, but it’s a lot of work and you don’t have control over the content,” Iglesias said. “I’m a control freak. That’s why I love stand-up. It’s my material and I get instant feedback. It’s the perfect job for me.”

Iglesias is not slamming the door on a sitcom vehicle. He’s just not ready for it now. Who can blame him? He’s headlining arenas on his terms.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Iglesias said. “I get to do what I want to do. I’ve been in some cool films.”

Iglesias was in “Magic Mike,” starring Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.

“All of the junk food on the set was mine. They were all working out and eating healthy,” Iglesias said.

“The movies I’ve done have been great. You work on a movie and you know your work will be done, and then I can go on the road and make people laugh. That’s a good life.”

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