It was a banner year for comedian Gabriel Iglesias.
In 2013, Iglesias was named to Forbes Magazine's "One to Watch" list. The Hollywood Reporter named him to its "Top Five Grossing Standup Comedians" list.
His special, "Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy," generated the highest ratings of the year for Comedy Central. The special was released on DVD and Iglesias released his new comedy CD, also titled "Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy."
But 2014 is proving to be even better. Iglesias is starring in the animated film "The Nut Job" with Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph. He co-stars with Marlon Wayans in "A Haunted House 2," which was just released.
Iglesias' other film credits include the Disney animated hit "Planes" and "Magic Mike" with Channing Tatum. Season three of his hit series "Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand-Up Revolution" is returning to Comedy Central this spring.
Somehow, Iglesias has found time to tour and he will stop in Savannah on March 27 at the Civic Center to present a mixture of storytelling, parodies, unique characters and sound effects to bring his personal experiences to life.
Each of his first two DVD specials, "Hot and Fluffy" and "I'm Not Fat ... I'm Fluffy" have sold more than 1 million copies. His stand-up series premiered in October 2011 and remains one of the highest-rated series on the Comedy Central network.
Starring Iglesias, who hosts and performs stand-up material, the show also features comedians who are personally selected by Iglesias.
His other television credits include Cartoon Network's "The Annoying Orange," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Conan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Family Guy," "Good Morning America" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."
On his website, Iglesias says his real name is Gabriel J. Iglecias.
"My dad wanted to name me Jesus Jose Iglecias, but my mom said there were too many Jesuses and Joses in Mexico, and since my dad wasn't there when I was born, she took it upon herself to name me Gabriel," he says.
"If you notice, my last name above has a C where there should be an S. Well, my mom was pissed off that my dad was not there for his only son's birth, so to mess with his machismo, she changed the spelling of my last name to annoy him."
Born in San Diego, Iglesias spent most of his life in Long Beach, Calif. He says his mother is his biggest fan, "even though she still doesn't get the jokes."
On Feb. 10, 2012, Iglesias was presented with several awards by the city of El Paso, Texas, including the key to the city, a resolution from the El Paso County Commissioners, congressional recognition from Congressman Silvestre Reyes, and the Beacon of H.O.P.E Award from the nonprofit organization Operation H.O.P.E,
"Aside from hanging out, I love TV, movies, PlayStation, going to Vegas, chatting online, meeting new people and sleeping a lot," Iglesias says. "Outside of my sense of humor, my patience is No. 1."