Gabriel Iglesias review
By Whitney Sharp, Contributor
Gabriel Iglesias’s solo Vancouver-debut at the Vogue Theatre October 4 marked the week that the comedian lost 100lbs.
After being told he had two years left to live, the Fluffy Guy made some serious lifestyle changes, including weight lifting, yoga, and switching over to Diet Coke. Iglesias was clear to stress that his weight loss was for health reasons—he has Type 2 diabetes—and not vanity.
Once topping the scales at over 400lbs, Iglesias shared stories of being picked up in the bar by both men and women regardless of his size. He had the crowd howling with anecdotes about drunken escapades, international travels, his three Chihuahuas, and his 16-year-old stepson.
The Fluffy Guy knows what he’s doing: since beginning his comedy career almost two decades ago, he’s performed more than 4,000 hours’ worth of stand-up.
The show at the Vogue just kept going, and at 28 minutes past his designated set time, he picked up the clock and laughed. Iglesias then proceeded to take questions shouted from the audience for close to half an hour.
Finally, he rounded out the evening with what he called “comedy karaoke,” performing bits and pieces of routines from his televised specials. Iglesias got a little psyched out when dedicated Vancouver fans started shouting the punch lines along with him.
He finally said goodnight after maxing the clock out with more than an hour of extra, unplanned stage time.
And it isn’t the first time that the Fluffy Guy proved his dedication to fans. At a meet and greet in El Paso, Texas, Iglesias sat for more than five hours, posing for pictures and signing autographs for every fan who showed up.
No wonder the place was sold out.