A few serious things you should know about comedian Gabriel Iglesias. He has a thing for breakfast brisket and chocolate cake—but he’s allergic to the latter. He beat Channing Tatum in a dance off, which you can see once Magic Mike XXL debuts on July 1. Eating his way through the South and dropping 110-pounds inspired his next project, a food series called Fluffy Breaks Even premiering in September on the Fuse Network. And it’s probably the only show about eats that also involves pole dancing. But we’ll let the self-proclaimed fluffy funny guy explain that one.
Heard you were just at a drive-thru. Does that mean you’ve gotten your morning started with something fun?
Yeah. I apologize if you hear any moaning sounds in the background like mmm, unh, mm, unh. I needed something in my stomach.
What’s in front of you right now?
An order of bacon cheddar potato wedges from Jack in the Box with two ranch dressings and a bunch of napkins ‘cuz I get messy.
What do you typically have in the morning?
It’s usually a little challenging. A lot of times I don’t get to eat because I’m in the process of traveling. But when I’m home, I usually sleep in and so I miss breakfast and then I end up waking up right around lunch time. When I do manage to get up, I usually have an omelet. I like chorizo and cheese omelets with avocado.
Made at home?
Nah we go out for that. I can’t do it justice at home.
Magic Mike XXL is coming up and in one of the promos you were on stage….
Oh yeah. I finally made it.
Was it a showdown between you and Channing or was it a solo performance?
The scene is: we’re at a drag queen club and everybody goes up on stage and they do their thing. And just when you thinks it’s over, I find a way to get myself up on stage with a giant headdress and maracas.
The movie was filmed in Tampa and Savannah. How was the food?
Oh it was a lot of fried food. Savannah, Georgia is known for fried. That’s Paula Deen’s backyard. It’s funny because the guys were always working out. I mean nonstop; they wanted to look their best for the film. And since I get to wear clothing the entire time, I wasn’t as concerned with the workouts so I got to try all of that Southern food. We were always eating catfish and fried chicken and fried everything. I mean I hate tomatoes, but I ate fried green tomatoes every other day. It was amazing.
Have a favorite restaurant there?
The Olde Pink House. I had fried green tomatoes [and] they had really good fried chicken.
You travel a lot and have seen a lot of food all across the world. What’s your favorite city for eating?
San Antonio for their Tex-Mex food. Everything is big fluffy tortillas—not like a normal tortilla. The Texas tortillas are thick. These things are brutally big.
Favorite place in San Antonio?
Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant. It’s mainly a breakfast spot. They got breakfast tacos, they got eggs and chorizo, beans and cheese. The flavor that’s behind it is amazing. They have these barbacoa tacos that [are] really good with cheese. Umm, I’m making myself more hungry now.
And they’ll bring you a plate of just brisket—slices of brisket—almost like an appetizer for the table. Like, amazing. Who brings that for breakfast?
I guess they like to do it big in Texas.
They do. And it’s funny because it’s a hole in the wall, you would drive right by it. There are bars on the windows; there’s nothing out in front that says this is an amazing restaurant. It looks like a house actually. Unless you know it’s there, you’re not gonna know to stop. Plus it’s in a really bad neighborhood. But that’s usually an indication of really good food. Any time your life is being threatened, the food is usually delicious.
Your fans like to bring you chocolate cake. Where did that come from?
The chocolate cake thing came from a joke that I said back in 1998. I said that I love chocolate cake and I rubbed my tummy. I don’t even remember how the joke went it was so long ago. But it one of those where the fans were like “Oh well this is what he likes.” Next thing I know I’m backstage and it looks like a bakery. People bring cookies, they bring cakes, they bring home cooking trays.
What is the most memorable chocolate cake you’ve ever gotten?
You know what, it wasn’t even chocolate, it was an orange bundt cake. It was bright, bright orange. All the guys backstage, we saw it and were like, “This looks different.” It was super moist. And it was orange. It was so delicious. I remember making it a point to tell everybody it was one of the best cakes I ever had.
About your weight loss—was it that you cut out all carbs or just bread?
During that time, it was as much carbs as I could possibly cut out. But the main thing was bread. I actually have an allergic reaction to bread so I’m not even supposed to touch it. But it tastes so delicious that I’m willing to live with some itchy elbows and a couple little hives.
Eh. But you don’t die. And bread’s worth it.
Believe me, I still have bread. I just don’t do it the way I used to.
One of the worst things I did: I wanted to find out what I was allergic to because I thought I was a celiac. And so I went and had this blood work done. Come to find out I’m allergic to wheat. I’m allergic to bananas, strawberries, peanuts. I think soy. It was like why did I even open that door?
Do your fans know about your allergies? Are you getting wheat-free desserts now?
Well here’s the thing. I haven’t really put it out there. Now I’m kinda starting to incorporate it into my show. Saying, “Come to find out I’m allergic…” Which is like a Wow. Really? You’re the guy that’s known for cakes and now you’re telling us you’re allergic to cakes?
Tell me about Fluffy Breaks Even.
I’ve always envied food shows. Guys that have their own food shows like Guy Fieri, Man vs Food, and stuff like that. They travel and they eat. You know the fact that’s their gig is like wow. So I said if I ever get a chance to do my own reality show I’d love to do my own type of food show. But I put a spin on it: let’s do a show where we go out, we eat a meal and the next day we gotta work out to burn off those calories. There’s a lot of extreme activities on the list. So all my buddies and I, we’re out there eating and having a great old time and the next thing you know we’re pole dancing in Las Vegas because that’s the workout of the day. On the show you’re gonna see us eating a lot and then working out a lot so it’s that balance. Wherein lies the title of the show.
What are you gonna do after these potato wedges to break even?
Actually, you know I have a personal trainer who shows up at 11:15, and I’m gonna work out, and then probably have lunch.
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