Gabriel Iglesias has established himself as a major player in the American comedy scene, delighting audiences worldwide with his sold-out shows. His comedic style has garnered him nearly a billion views on YouTube and amassed an impressive fanbase of over 25 million followers across social media platforms.
Born as the youngest of six children to a single mother in Long Beach, California, Iglesias turned to humor as a coping mechanism early in life. He embarked on his comedy career in 1997, performing stand-up at a variety of venues, from biker bars to small clubs. His comedic style, a blend of storytelling, parodies, characters, and sound effects, is based on his personal experiences and has endeared him to fans of all ages.
In 2018, his influence and talent were acknowledged in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 40 Comedy Players” list, sharing the honor with comedy legends such as Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Lorne Michaels. Iglesias’ noteworthy accomplishments include sold-out performances at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, and Sydney Opera House.
Aside from stand-up, Iglesias has made his mark as the star and executive producer of the Netflix original comedy series, “Mr. Iglesias.” In the show, he portrays a benevolent public high school teacher striving to help his misfit students reach their potential, in spite of a meddling assistant principal. The series, which was positively received, won the best Primetime Comedy at The Imagen Awards in 2020, a recognition for the positive representation of Latinx actors in the entertainment industry.
On the lighter side, Iglesias also hosts Nickelodeon’s comedic animal competition show, “Unleashed,” which was the #1 live action telecast for kids aged 6-11 during its first season. Participants compete on stage, showcasing their pets’ unique talents to a panel of celebrity judges and a kid jury.
Iglesias’ film credits are equally diverse, ranging from roles in films such as “Magic Mike” and “A Haunted House 2,” to lending his voice to animated characters in a variety of films. Most recently, he voiced “Speedy Gonzales” in “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Other voice roles include parts in Academy Award-nominated films like “Coco” and “Ferdinand.” He is among the few comedians to have a theatrically released stand-up concert film, “The Fluffy Movie.”
Television audiences may remember Iglesias from his three-season series “Fluffy’s Food Adventures” on FUSE TV, his guest appearances on ABC’s “Cristela” and “Modern Family,” or his hit Comedy Central series “Stand-Up Revolution.” Comedy Central also aired his comedy special “Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy,” reaching over 15 million viewers.