Gabriel Iglesias talks VW buses, connecting with fans and cartoon voice-overs before headlining Staples Center
In a time when comics and other public figures are just one bad or ill-timed Tweet away from obscurity, Gabriel Iglesias knows that fame is fleeting and he is grateful for his loyal and continuously growing fanbase.
For 20 years, he has enjoyed a career as a professional stand-up comedian who has entertained audiences around the world, released numerous comedy specials, had TV and feature film roles and lucrative voice-over gigs. The cherry on top of the Southern Californian’s two-decade run is getting to headline his biggest show yet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 26.
“I think it’s poetic, the fact that it’s my 20th year and that I’ve played just about every major venue across the world and it has come full circle to me playing my biggest show here at home,” Iglesias, who is also known to his fans as “Fluffy,” said during a recent interview inside his Fluffy Compound/Warehouse near his Long Beach home. We were joined by his two Instagram-famous chihuahuas, Vinnie and Risa, who never leave Iglesias’ side.
Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias shows off a life-size bobble head that was made for his TV pilot at his compound in Signal Hill, California, on Monday, Dec 18, 2017. Iglesias has a classic VW bus collection along with studio and a warehouse for his merchandise at The Fluffy Compound. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ has a classic VW bus collection at his compound in Signal Hill, California, on Monday, Dec 18, 2017. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)