"Gabriel Iglesias showcases new material at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA." – Concert Review

I’m a huge fan of Gabriel Iglesias. Not physically as huge as Iglesias, like Damn! fluffy, but huge nonetheless. So when the larger than life comedian came to my area for a one night show I had to be there. The problem? My younger brother was getting married that day – in Jamaica!

This decision was a no brainer - my brother, Jamaica, foo foo drinks.

When my wife and I pulled into Davenport’s Adler Theatre the place was packed. Iglesias had never been to the area, admittedly so when he first came onto stage, and he was probably more surprised than I with the turnout of fan support. Not that Iglesias doesn’t have a generous fan base, rather it’s because my area is prone to entertainment acts like Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John and The Nutcracker. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I had interviewed Iglesias (Interview) in January this year as part of his “I’m Not Fat I’m Fluffy” concert and must say that I was thoroughly impressed to see that the comedian has already built in a new set of material. The crowd was also surprised as at the end of the concert (which Iglesias’ set ran almost two hours) Iglesias took requests for old material. Like a rock concert, the audience finished the jokes to the comedian’s pleasure.

Iglesias’ material still revolves around his life being a famous comedian and his son Frankie; however, he adds in hilarious stories such as being pulled over in Arizona as part of an immigration checkpoint. The comedian joked about his face being plastered on a tour bus and ten Mexicans, lined up with hands on the bus and feet spread apart, being searched for papers.

To add to this, Iglesias said how he was being recognized at 65 miles per hour with the random “Fluffy” and “Damn!” being yelled from the car. For proof, Iglesias’ really old white bus driver snapped a photo of the line up that Iglesias brought up on the big screen behind him.

The surprise of the show, other than the fact Iglesias went almost an hour over his scheduled time, was the mention of a new TV show on Comedy Central premiering in November 2011. The premise is Iglesias doing stand-up and bringing up his friends in comedy who haven’t had the same TV success as Iglesias. “It’s a way to showcase some comedians you’d never hear about,” Iglesias said.

Gabriel Iglesias is one of America’s premiere comedians. If you ever get a chance to check out a live show, do so. The comedian is even funnier in person than on TV.

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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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