This man goes by many nicknames, such as 'the artist formally known as Pikachu' and 'the alternative Iglesias', but to those who are fans, and know him from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and even Google+, he is simply known as 'Fluffy'. Gabriel Iglesias, 35, from Long Beach, Calfornia, is the latest comedic export from across the pond, who has been a stand up comedian for nearly 15 years, has had two really successful Comedy Specials, called 'Hot and Fluffy' and 'I'm not Fat... I'm Fluffy', and also currently hosts his TV show for Comedy Central, 'Gabriel Iglesias presents Stand-Up Revolution'. His current European leg of his World Tour just finished up this Saturday, with 'Fluffy' and some of his friends, including Martin Moreno aka 'Marteeeeeen!' providing the comedic relief and entertainment for a sell-out show at the Shaw Theatre, London.
The format of the evening's program was very similar to what clips I have seen on Gabriel's YouTube channel, with Martin being the host and MC of the evening's proceedings. The general format of the show in the USA, would be that Martin would introduce 'Fluffy', who would then tell comedic stories about adventures or silly things that he has done, or that have involved him and his friends at one point or another. Then Gabriel would then introduce three friends of his each show, who also happen to be stand up comedians, who entertain the crowd, as well as there being a live band, who are 3-time Grammy Award winners, Ozomatli. But we all know that the comedy has to be a lot more politically correct on the show, but when comedy goes live, anything can happen.
Martin first came out, and started to warm up the crowd, telling great and satirical jokes about topics such as marriage and relationships, male genital issues, as well as being over the age of 40. As he hit his comedy stride, the Danny Trejo lookalike (in my opinion), made the audience laughed harder and louder, as his virtue of storytelling really added a great dynamic to each joke he told. Martin then introduced Alfred Robles, one of the featured comedians on the USA hit show, who looked a bit like a Mexican hobo, or was refered to as 'Osama bin Lopez'. His comedy style seemed to get off to a slow start, and as he carried on, it seemed as if his style went along the lines of a classical music piece, that would start slowly and quietly, before constantly building and building, and then hitting a crescendo. He mainly talked about things like being engaged, lying, losing weight, and much more. In some respects, he had a great way of using what I would call a somewhat, monotonous tone, but as he warmed to the audience, his expressions seemed to have more passion and emotion as he went on. But altogether, a great performance from Alfred, with some solid comedy backbone.
Next up was Rick Gutierrez, who straight away was a fast-paced, non-stop typewriter of Mexican-American heritage. He was cracking jokes so fast, you would have thought that he was attempting break a world record for telling the most jokes in under 10 minutes. But he was talking about so many different things, such as teenagers knowing everything, being fat, and many other things besides. But in some of his jokes, and it sometimes does happen, there were a couple of times where the audience clearly felt that he had stepped over the mark, by the noise they made, but Rick dealt with it in his own unique way. But he also provided some solid comedy, and his non-stop delivery has to be seen and heard to be believed. But then the moment everyone in the audience was upon them, with the crowd chanting 'Fluffy! Fluffy! Fluffy!' as Martin introduced his good friend and the man everyone had come to see that evening.
Gabriel was met with a standing ovation from the crowd, and he looked excited and nervous just being there. I would like to have said what topics he was talking about, but as all comedic talents need to use new materials, and perform it in front of live crowds, he requested no internet footage be posted, but he said that it will be out soon for all to view. But that still didn't stop him from being as funny as ever, as he was really interactive with the crowd, with Puerto Ricans, Romainians, Colmbians, South Africans all conversing with the big man himself. And even though this comedic genius, whose delivery style, voice and noise imitiations are second to none, went over on his alloted time for the evening, he still managed to be able to do some of his classic material, and with every joke, the crowd wanted more. But the 'Fluffy' experience didn't end there for the crowd. One of the most appealing things about Gabriel, is that he is genuinely, a really nice guy, who in previous tales he's mentioned as part of his act, that he always makes times for the fans, and is really down to earth, as he, unlike a lot of stand up comics these days, will actually sign merchandising, and he will make sure that you have your picture taken with him, and that it's also available as a free picture on his website. In all of the live comedy shows I've been to, this was hands down the funniest show. Gabriel is truly a gifted individual, who shows no signs of slowing down, as he is still working on new material, as well as touring a lot over the next year or so, and if you missed out the first time he came over this year, he assured the crowd that he will be back next year to perform for his UK fans. I, for one, who met the man himself that evening, find his comedy to be truly refreshing, insightful and meaningful all at the same time.
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