Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias will be performing in the Valley on Oct. 2 at the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium with his new special “I’m not Fat … I’m Fluffy.” His show is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, character and sound effect that bring his personal issues to life.
Some of Iglesias credits include: Last Coming Standing, ABC’s My wife & Kids, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Showtime’s “Resurrection Boulevard.”
Here is a Q&A from a phone interview we had with him:
Question: How much do you travel?
Answer: I am on the road about 45 weeks a year. Out three days out of the week and four days at home.
Q: How do you keep yourself busy on the road?
A: Traveling takes up a lot of my time. I usually spend a whole day flying, checking into the hotel, having a bite to eat and then just unwinding. Then I’ll do some radio or TV promotions. I’m not a morning person, so I’ll go back to the hotel and knock out and then get ready for the night show. I spend my time promoting, sleeping, eating and performing.
Q: How do you come up with jokes? Is there a formula that you use?
A: The formula for me is that I never write a joke down. Nothing is written down on paper. I don’t have the structure or disciple to sit down and write. Basically I’ll take something that happened to me during the day and I’ll just put it up on stage and find a way to make it funny.
Q: How do you remember the order of jokes when you are on stage? What if you forget a joke on stage?
A: Whenever I ask the audience if they have any questions — that is an official blank moment. But because I base the show on myself, I ask the audience to ask me something personal. I’ll find a way to make it funny.
Q: What comedians inspire you? Who are your early comedic influences?
A: Paul Rodriguez, Robert Williams, Eddie Murphy.
Q: Best advice given to you by a fellow comedian?
A: Best advice ever was from Joey Medina, and he said “To work clean,” which is really funny because he is super dirty in his comedy. That has been the best advice so far.
Q: What first attracted you to the Hawaiian shirt? How many do you own?
A: It was different. Nobody was really using them. When you wear a Hawaiian shirt, no one really takes you seriously or threatening. If you see someone wearing one you don’t feel intimidated by the person’s appearance. Many wear the suits, the leather jackets; and a Hawaiian shirt just says “party time.” This guy is here to have a good time.”
Not only that, the shirts are really comfortable and they stand out.
Q: How would you describe yourself?
A As a performer I would describe myself as I do as a person — easy- going, fun and simple.
Q: If you were not an entertainer, what would you be doing?
A: I would probably be a teacher. Before I got into comedy, I took a course in college called “Exploratory teaching.” I had school paid for; the requirement would be that I would need to teach for two years. If comedy wouldn’t have happened, I’d probably be doing that.
Q: How did you get involved with the USO Tour?
A: It is something that I wanted to do and last year they asked me if I was interested in going overseas. We got to go to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Turkey, Alaska and Korea. It was a 10-day tour.
Q: What did you learn from that experience?
A: (Laughing) Sleep is precious.
You take for granted a lot of the things on a day- to-day basis, but when you get to see what else is out there and you see the troops and what they are going through. They are away from home; so the fact that we can entertain them and bring them home for an hour, that was a cool experience.
Q: If I have never seen your show, what can I expect?
A: If you have never seen my show you can expect to see a happy-go-lucky guy who puts on a fun show. At the end of the show you won’t be mad or leave questioning yourself. You’ll leave the show happy, grab something to eat and hug somebody. It’s just a happy show.
For ticket information, call 681-3800 or visit mcallenconventioncent.net.