Friday, February 8, 2019

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All (2019)

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Movie Name/Year: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All (2019)
Tagline: None
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: TV-14
Production Companies: Netflix
Producer: Gabriel Iglesias, Joe Meloche, Ron De Blasio, John Bravakis, Jeff Thorsen, Alex McKinzie
Director: Manny Rodriguez
Writer: Gabriel Iglesias
Actors: Gabriel Iglesias

Blurb from Netflix: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias discusses his teenage son and encounters with Snoop Dogg, Chris Rock and Vincente Fernandez, in this stand-up special.

Selina’s Point of View:
This was Gabriel Iglesias’ (The Nut Job, Magic Mike, Ferdinand) best. Show. Ever.

I’m a big fan of Iglesias. I love his jokes, his timing, his persona… just everything about him. I always enjoy his shows. He’s one of the few comedians that can make me laugh out loud. Most of the time I’m a chuckler. I’ll let out a ‘heh’ and then go back to what I’m doing. Gabriel Iglesias gets my undivided attention along with actual sounds.

Save your ‘that’s what she said’ jokes. I’m getting to the point.

This show ranks up there with one of the best comedy shows I’ve ever seen – not just from Gabriel Iglesias, but in general. That’s saying a lot, because my husband used to interview comedians on a show and we’ve seen a ton of comedy sets together.

Now, stand-up comedy is going to affect everyone differently. That’s just a fact. Humor is a very personal thing. The way people react to jokes changes along with their age and experiences. Hell, nature itself might be behind why some people think one thing is funny while other people don’t. I can’t tell you what’s going to be funny for every person, but I can explain my own take.

Personally, I love comedy that has an edge to it. Dark jokes or aspects of social commentary woven into the story telling will often get me. 

My favorite comedian, without a doubt, is George Carlin (Cars, Dogma, The George Carlin Song). I loved how he could tell a story about something actively going on in the world, something that was controversial and sensitive, and still make it funny. At the end of a George Carlin show, I was always lost in thought. He made me reconsider things. I could argue that he helped me become a better person.

In One Show Fits All, I believe Gabriel Iglesias solidified his quality in my mind and became a legend, pretty damn close to Carlin. He made think, he made a point, he had me laughing out loud, and he still touched my heart.

I think that any comedy that brings people together is incredibly important right now. It feels like the world’s gone crazy and most voices can’t be heard. Iglesias used his comedy set to try to bring people together and I think that’s amazing. It’s difficult to do right, to not sound preachy or biased, but he managed.

I’m going to be watching this special again. Probably a lot.

Cat’s Point of View:
My family and I were rather excited to see that Netflix had released a brand-new comedy special from Gabriel Iglesias. Fluffy is quite likely the stand-up comedian most enjoyed by my household. We made a night of it, ordering pizza and sitting down to watch One Show Fits All.

As usual, we weren’t disappointed.

Where do I start? There are so many reasons to enjoy Fluffy’s specials – this one included.

I love the fact that he’s so grounded. Watching one of his shows almost feels like you’re hanging out with a buddy rather than some famous person who is being paid to make an appearance. Part of this is his delivery, but also because his comedic perspective comes from life experiences both professionally and personally. It’s almost like getting a back-stage sneak peek into his life when he discusses moments in his relationship with his son, his buddies, and things that have happened to him because of his growing fame.

Even when he’s talking about events that have come to pass because he is so well-known now, it comes across as speaking from a humble place. Fluffy passes on to his audience his sense of awe and excitement at the opportunities that are available to him because of his body of work. It’s really refreshing because it feels genuine and conversational rather than rehearsed and lofty. He never comes across as being too big for his britches (even though his big britches are often a comedic topic).

This special is also generally family-friendly. There are a few mature references here and there but they’re brief, and colorful words are generally in Spanish. If that’s a language spoken in your household, then it might not be as great for small children – but I’d say it’s generally a safe bet for the PG or PG-13 crowd.

This show, filmed in Houston, TX, has some really touching moments. I don’t want to give it all away – but maybe have some tissues handy in case you hop on the feels train. I also have to give him credit for including such moments in his show that aren’t geared for laughs, but rather connection with his fans; and without missing a beat in the flow of the production over-all.

I guess you can say that I have zero hesitation in recommending this special to anyone that likes to laugh – and especially to fans of Gabriel Iglesias. My family and I enjoyed every moment of it and will likely watch this more than once.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 7.6/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating5/5

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