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Fluffy inks ABC pilot deal

January 15th, 2016
KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, on stage at the Hawaii Theatre on Thursday.


Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, on stage at the Hawaii Theatre on Thursday.

As stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias neared the end of his 93-minute set at the historic Hawaii Theatre on Thursday, he allowed himself to slip out of Fluffy mode for a bit in order to share a few juicy bits of news with fans — as well as at least one Honolulu Star-Advertiser reporter in the room.

Nestled between a funny story about the increasing automation of bathrooms and two classic jokes involving a police encounter after picking up a box of fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts and his adventures driving a souped-up Volkswagen Beetle, Iglesias let it slip that he has a deal to film a sitcom pilot for ABC based on his life when he’s not on tour.

“The Fluffy Shop” will be based on his real life, Iglesias said, because he didn’t feel comfortable playing the role of someone else on television. He wanted fans to see him as himself.

Iglesias also mentioned a number of animated projects he’s part of that are in various stages of development. “Norm of the North,” which opens today in theaters, pairs his voice with a polar bear. He’s also set to appear in an upcoming follow-up to 2014’s “The Nut Job,” and he’s signed to work on a remake of the classic Disney cartoon “Ferdinand the Bull.”

Despite performing in front of a nearly sold-out Hawaii Theatre crowd, this week’s show “wasn’t supposed to happen,” Iglesias said.

Thursday’s four opening comics — Martin Moreno, G Reilly, Alfred Robles and Rick Gutierrez — are all in town this week shooting scenes with Iglesias for the second season of his Fuse TV show, “Fluffy Breaks Even.” Expect to see Fluffy and friends eating at Koko Head Cafe and taking part in a mud run at Kualoa Ranch among other adventures when the season premiere episode airs in April.


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