An intro from the arena-filled audience by opening comedian Martin Moreno sets off thunderous applause and loud screams while the crane camera swoops and pans only to land on Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. He takes to the stage like a rock star emerging from a cloud of smoke in front of his now iconic silhouette logo. He is a comedic god amongst his faithful which he rewards with high fives before he even speaks a word in his new Netflix special, Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry.
The special plays like credits up top as Iglesias thanks his friends, his staff, and introduces the crowd to former NFL player turned coach, Ron Rivera, who handed him the mic but moments before. Iglesias pays tribute to the former Chicago Bear by delivering the classic Saturday Night Live line, “da bears,” made famous by the sketch “Bill Swerski’s Super Fans.”
Iglesias then continues pandering the local Chicago crowd letting them know he’s been coming there for 19 years. His opener is about his first ever eating experience in Chicago, which took place at Portillo’s, a long standing Chi-town establishment filled with mid-west classics. The next twenty minutes include conversations about Mexican food trucks, elevator voices, and his very own death hoax. Iglesias has solidified himself as a story teller versus delivering rapid fire back-to-back jokes. A variety of voices, sound effects, and a very loud shirt hold this latest effort together.
Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry does eventually get off the ground a bit. Bathroom stories, observing drunks, and more impressions of his friends fill up the back end of the 1hour 20min session that feels at points like a commercial for his brand more than a stand-up show, most notably when the camera cuts to a fan decked out in a Fluffy Breaks Even t-shirt. One nice touch and testament to his popularity is showcased during the end credits. They are accompanied by an original song from the Latin-Hip-Hop-Rock band Ozomatli called “Hey It’s Fluffy” alongside behind-the-scenes pics.
If you’re a fan, you’ll get more of what brought you here in the first place with Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry, but for those looking for something new, Iglesias’ new special feels a little used out of the box.
Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry is streaming now on Netflix.