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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gabriel Iglesias: “Aloha Fluffy: Live From Hawaii” DVD Review

Aloha Fluffy: Live From Hawaii is the new stand-up comedy special by Gabriel Iglesias, known for hosting Stand-Up Revolution, the second season of which was released on DVD in December. Gabriel Iglesias’ material is mostly long tales, rather than short jokes. He is a comedian who can really tell a good story. By the way, this is a nice long performance. Most of these comedy specials are approximately an hour – this one is 94 minutes (not including the bonus material).

Gabriel Iglesias begins by talking about Hawaii. One thing I absolutely love about his comedy is his work with various voices. He can do a wide variety of voices, including very convincing female voices. Right at the start he does his impersonation of the tour guide on the bus to a luau: “Welcome aboard the King Kamehameha Luau Experience… I’m actually from Oregon. But I have been living here now for three weeks and you only need a few days and you’re basically a native.” The audience clearly enjoys all the local references, including Germaine’s Luau (which Gabriel says is his favorite place to visit).

He talks about doing a world tour. The stuff about Singapore is great, and of course it provides a chance for more voices. His bit about Indian folks trying to rob a bank is hilarious: “Where did you get the computer?” “They thought I was tech support.”

He does a long bit about his fifteen-year-old kid. He mentions that to get your point across to a child you don’t have to yell or hit the kid. He says, “Embarrassing a kid is the biggest weapon you can have as a parent that’s legal.” (I wonder what the kid will think about this DVD.)

He talks about being a comedian, and tells some anecdotes about his own career, including performing in Saudi Arabia. That’s a pretty wild story, especially as he had to perform in a secret place. (One thing I really appreciate about that bit is the not-quite-subtle rip on FOX News.) And of course this tale provides more opportunities for different voices. I particularly love his impression of the guy who says that in the Middle East they’re not angry, they’re just hot. “Look, everybody has a hot face. Hot face. Everybody hot face. I promise, you give me air conditioning, I am so happy.”

I also absolutely love his idea of the getting-to-know-a-person date, which includes getting really drunk, asking questions, and filming it. At the end he tells the great gift basket story, but this time with a surprise (which I’m not going to ruin here).

Special Features

This DVD has several bonus features. The first is Fluffy Presents Alfred Robles, which is approximately eight minutes of Alfred Robles doing stand-up. He did basically this entire routine before, on an episode of Stand-Up Revolution. (It’s weird that he would do it again, opening for the same person who hosts that show. Maybe that’s the only eight minutes he has.)

Encore: Magic Mike Story is Gabriel’s encore from his performance in Hawaii. It’s approximately sixteen minutes, and features Gabriel talking about auditioning for a part in the movie Magic Mike. He talks about his experiences on set. Leonard’s/Malasadas is a bit more of Gabriel’s routine from this performance that was cut from the show (it’s approximately two minutes).

Fluffy: Behind The Scenes is kind of a video diary of the trip, and includes footage at the airport, on the airplane, arriving in Hawaii, and doing press. Gabriel did a show for the military while he was in Hawaii, and there’s footage of that as well. Plus, there is footage after the main performance. And there is quite a lot of footage of the pancake challenge from the next day (it’s pretty gross). This special ends with footage at Germaine’s Luau, which is cool. (Fluffy: Behind The Scenes is approximately twenty-five minutes.)

Aloha Fluffy is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 9, 2013. It will air on Comedy Central on April 7th and April 14th.

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