Gabriel Iglesias - Latino Comedian

Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy Season 1, Ep 101 04/07/2013 Views: 31,431

After being known as a Latino comedian for a decade, Gabriel Iglesias breaks into the mainstream. (2:22)

TEN YEARS OF MY CAREER,

I WAS CONSIDERED A SOUTHWEST

COMEDIAN BY PROMOTERS,

MEANING THAT THEY WOULD ONLY

PROMOTE ME IN CALIFORNIA,

ARIZONA, NEVADA, TEXAS,

YOU KNOW, NEW MEXICO.

NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT,

BUT HERE'S THE THING,

IS THAT THEY WERE CALLING ME

A SOUTHWEST COMEDIAN,

AND THEN THEY'D CALL ME

LATINO COMEDIAN,

AND I HATED THAT.

NO, NO "WHOO." I HATE THAT.

I'LL TELL YOU WHY,

AND I KNOW YOU HAVE GOOD

INTENTIONS WHEN YOU "WHOO."

LET ME EXPLAIN WHY I DON'T

LIKE THAT TITLE.

WHEN YOU SAY LATINO COMEDIAN,

IT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE I CAN

ONLY PERFORM FOR LATINOS, OKAY?

AND DON'T GET ME WRONG.

I KNOW WHO I AM AND WHERE

I COME FROM, BUT I BELIEVE

THAT LATINOS SHOULD BE SHARED

WITH EVERYONE, AND THAT'S WHAT

I'M TRYING TO DO.

AND THE REASON WHY I MAKE

A BIG DEAL ABOUT THAT

IS BECAUSE ANYBODY ELSE,

YOU JUST CALL THEM THEIR NAME.

FOR EXAMPLE, JERRY SEINFELD.

HE'S JUST JERRY SEINFELD.

HE'S NOT "JEWISH COMEDIAN,

JERRY SEINFELD."

CHRIS ROCK IS JUST CHRIS ROCK.

HE'S NOT "AFRICAN-AMERICAN

COMEDIAN, CHRIS ROCK."

BUT WITH ME, I WAS ALWAYS

"LATINO COMEDIAN"

OR "FAT COMIC."

YEAH, THE WOULDN'T EVEN

CALL ME FLUFFY, THOSE BASTARDS.

AND SO IT WASN'T UNTIL YEARS

AND YEARS OF GRINDING IT OUT

THAT EVENTUALLY I WOUND UP

MEETING A PROMOTER WHO

EVENTUALLY BECAME MY MANAGER

WHO TOOK A CHANCE ON ME,

AND HE PROMOTED ME

IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, OKAY?

AND YOU CANNOT GET ANY WHITER

THAN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.

THAT IS WHERE THE HAOLES

ARE BUILT.

OKAY?

THAT IS THE HAOLE FACTORY,

OKAY, IS MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.

AND IT WAS A VENUE ABOUT AS

BIG AS THIS, AND IT WAS--

IT WAS SOLD OUT, AND WORD GOT

BACK TO LOS ANGELES

AND TO NEW YORK AND TO ALL

THESE PROMOTERS THAT THERE'S

THIS ENTERTAINER WITH THE LAST

NAME IGLESIAS WHO SOLD A BUNCH

OF TICKETS, WHO WAS NOT ENRIQUE.

NEXT THING YOU KNOW, PROMOTERS

ARE COMING OUT THE WOODWORK.

NOW THEY'RE CHANGING THEIR TUNE.

NOW THEY'RE NOT CALLING ME

LATINO COMEDIAN ANYMORE.

NOW THEY'RE SAYING,

"OH, THIS GUY,

HE'S FUNNY ACROSS THE BOARD.

HE'S CROSSOVER.

HE'S SO CROSSOVER HIS MATERIAL

TOUCHES EVERYONE.

HE'S CROSSOVER.

HE'S CROSSOVER."

REALLY, YOU'RE GONNA CALL

A MEXICAN "CROSSOVER"?

IT WAS GETTING WORSE!