Five years ago, comedian Gabriel Iglesias attracted just a few hundred fans to a stand-up stint in a Houston comedy club. Last year he played to more than 10,000 fans in Toyota Center. It was Iglesias’s biggest crowd ever. Now he’s back and looking to break last year’s attendance record. The plus-size comic, known as Fluffy to fans (“I’m not fat; I’m fluffy!”), steers away from issues such as politics and racism, common fodder for many comedians. “I have a clean show; I don’t use a lot of profanity,” Iglesias told us last year just before his Houston show. “I don’t get political; I don’t get controversial; I don’t come up with any radical statements.”
A Latino who built his now-multicultural audience around a mostly Hispanic core, he also doesn’t have many Spanish-language punch lines. “Don’t get me wrong,” he says, “I acknowledge who I am and where I came from, but that’s not my focus. I want to do a show that everybody can relate to. I want to make sure that not just my core audience but everybody can enjoy the show. If I do use some Spanish, I always follow it up with a quick translation.”
Much of Iglesias’s humor focuses on relationships (including bits about the unexpected changes autocorrect makes to his messages when he’s drunk and trying to argue with his girlfriend via text) and life on the road (such as getting frisked by cops while leaning against a tour bus covered with his photo and name). There’s also the now obligatory chocolate cake bit (early on Iglesias mentioned that he likes chocolate cake, prompting fans to bring him some at every show — a practice Iglesias wholeheartedly encourages).
7:30 p.m. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. For information, call 866‑446‑8849 or visit houstontoyotacenter.com. $29.50 to $67.50.
Fri., June 20, 7:30 p.m., 2014