I love how more and more comedians are putting their shows on DVD. Not only does it give you the opportunity to take home your favourite show and replay it as many times as you want, but it’s honestly a great thing to have playing in the background during a party or a get-together.
What, you’ve never tried that? You should give it a shot, perhaps on New Year’s Eve; on one side of the room, pop in one such DVD (volume low, captions on) and on the other side of the room, put some music on. (And let me know how it goes.)
I finally got my hands on the new Gabriel Iglesias special, which was filmed in El Paso in 2009. As he explains it in the DVD, Gabriel chose to film the presentation in El Paso because of his history in this town, which includes doing shows since 1997. These shows are not only funny, but they are refreshingly family-friendly. As opposed to other comics, he barely uses profanity and sparsely uses sexuality as the (rather easy) butt of his jokes. And yet, using a mix of sound effects (he’s really good at doing the sound of a car) and jokes pertaining to his weight — or rather, to his "fluffiness," as he puts it — he still makes his crowds double up in laughter.
For those of you who have seen Gabriel Iglesias’ previous specials, you know that he has five levels of fatness. However, it’s not quite five anymore, as Gabriel has met someone who needs a whole new level to himself. A quick refresher: the five original levels are "Big," "Healthy," "Husky," "Fluffy," and "Dayyum" (that’s when you see someone so fat that you can’t help but exclaim "Dayyuuuum!"). The new sixth level is called "Oh, hell no!" and describes a person who, when you seem them walking towards your elevator, you do NOT want them stepping in with you. And for those of you who have never seen Gabriel Iglesias perform, let me tell you something: the delivery makes this cuteness downright hilarious.
Don’t let the self-deprecating humour fool you; Gabriel doesn’t reflect a related lack of confidence: "I know they were checking me out because they were looking at me like I check out tacos."
His show revolves a lot around his family: his mother, his girlfriend, and his stepson take up a major portion of the time. He also talks about how becoming famous has affected his life (all in a positive way), but we can clearly see that Gabriel is still down-to-earth; he even encouraged his fans – those at the El Paso taping as well as any who are watching it, anywhere around the world – to approach him for a chat if they spot him on the street. After all, he tells us, it’s the fans that made it possible for him to be able to take care of his family. I know; so cute.