Only it happened 2 weeks ago when YouTube started recommending me videos of Gabriel Iglesias.
I was sick and confined to my room and I was aimlessly scrolling through YouTube feed. I don’t remember the exact video that I watched for the first time but I kept on watching few more.
After I recovered from my sickness and went back to my normal routine, I digged YouTube deep to find out more of his videos. Gabriel Iglesias AKA Fluffy is a comedian of Mexican origin. Gabriel didn’t like it when he was introduced as a Latino comedian in the earlier days of his career because his content is not just for Mexicans.
Audience from all over the world enjoys it but why?
I have watched 2 of his specials along with many short clips of his performance scattered all over YouTube. Here’s my take on this.
Instance 1: Emotional content
Standup comedy doesn’t have to be a collection of jokes or funny incidents- Gabriel shares stories of his life, his relationship with his parents, girlfriend, stepson, companions. It’s the art of storytelling that keeps the audience engaged. It’s not about cry-laughing on jokes for an hour, rather it’s like experiencing the journey of life- there will be moments to laugh and moments that will melt your heart…
Being relatable is one of the most difficult thing for the comedians… There will be international audience, there will be audience of all ages. How can they be funny to the vast scope of audience at the same time?
One of the answers would be the good comedians always do their research. Content of an hour cannot be created in rush, they have to thought upon again and again. Finding a way to connect with the audience emotionally- that is what going to make them come for more again and again.
Instance 2: X factor
Gabriel is very good at making sound effects with his voice. The sound effects give an extra dimension to the narrative.
Instance 3: Being respectful to foreign cultures
Gabriel talks about his experience in traveling to India and performing here. I was amazed to see how he related Mexicans and Indians. At no point of time his narrative sounded shallow. There are few common jokes that I often hear about India in International platform. Gabe made a difference there- he called his travel experience as a wholesome one and how it has made him to appreciate his life in USA.
It’s easy to stereotype people or a culture and pass on some lame jokes but creating humor being appreciative and respectful is something I will give him credit for.
Gabriel also talks about his experience of travelling to middle East and how it changed his perspective about the people and culture there.
Instance 4: Versatile content
Gabriel is suffering from obesity. His mum used to tell him, ” You’re not fat, you are fluffy!” This is what later inspired him to have the stage name. You will hear handful of fat jokes of here and there in his full show- but his content is not just about the fat jokes!
Instance 5: Intellectual Jokes
While most of his content is light hearted comedy and storytelling, there are hidden gems that is not for everyone!
I can watch those episodes again and again like a beautiful story!!
Pic by : Matthias Wagner