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Gabriel Iglesias ( 1976 - )  Category ( Comedians ) [suggest a correction]
 

Gabriel IglesiasThe best comics are able to make fun of themselves, and Gabriel Iglesias has wide leeway for that -- literally.

Born and raised in San Diego, Iglesias has a routine about the "Six Levels of Fatness" -- Big, Healthy, Husky, Fluffy, Damn! and "Oh, hell, no!" He places himself on level four, having titled two of his comedy CD's "Hot and Fluffy" and "I'm Not Fat, I'm Fluffy."

Even his name is grist for humor. According to Inglecias, his father wanted to name him Jesus Jose, but failed to show up for the birth. In response, his mother not only named him Gabriel, but changed the spelling of his last name from "Inglesias" to "Inglecias."

By whatever name, the rotund (his weight has been estimated at over 350 pounds) comedian is a rising star. He was appeared on "The Tonight Show," "The Late Late Show," "Jimmy Kimmell Live," and "Showtime at the Apollo." He was also a regular on Nickelodeon's "All That" and played a Japanese chef on "My Wife and Kids."

He has an online store ("FluffyGuy.com") and continues to do live stand up -- often while wearing a loud Hawaiian shirt.

Inglecias is known for his ability to recreate sounds, ranging from a speeding car to a microwave oven. He also does voices.

In 2006, Ingecias was a finalist in the fourth season of "Last Comic Standing," only to be disqualified for violating the contractual agreements of the program (which prohibited any outside contact, lest contestants be fed jokes from outside) by using his Blackberry.

"Everybody was cheating," Inglecias said at the time. "Leave it to the Mexican to get caught."

Inglecias has been praised for his clean act, and says: "I'm always ready for TV. I don't have to edit my jokes -- when you work clean, you can work anywhere.

"I only slip once in awhile."


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