DEADWOOD | It's about to get a little fluffier in Deadwood, and it has nothing to do with the weather.
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, aka "Fluffy," will bring his stand-up act to the Deadwood Mountain Grand this weekend.
Iglesias was originally slated to perform in March in Deadwood, but the show was postponed when the popular comedian canceled a series of performances. Earlier this year, Iglesias posted on his Twitter account that he canceled the shows "because of health and personal issues that would have made for a really sh---- show."
He has since returned to touring and is active on social media. His YouTube channel, which features clips from his shows and other videos, has nearly 2.6 million subscribers. On Twitter, he frequently interacts with his 1 million followers, answering questions, and offering personalized fan greetings on their birthdays or other special occasions. He also has personally apologized to fans who were upset about the shows he canceled earlier in the year.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have a new date for Fluffy,” Susan Kightlinger, Deadwood Mountain Grand general manager, said in a statement. "Gabriel is one of the hottest acts in the country and people will be ready for a laugh in the cold of winter.”
Known for a blend of storytelling, parodies, sound effects and audience interaction, the 41-year-old California native celebrated his 20th year in comedy in 2017.
Like many comedians, Iglesias often pokes fun at himself in his comedy, particularly his weight and appearance. "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy" has become his signature joke, as well as the nickname he uses throughout much of his work.
Several of his shows and specials sport the "fluffy" name in some fashion: His website includes access to the "Fluffy shop" (for merchandise), his Twitter and Instagram handles are @fluffyguy and his current tour name? FluffyMania. (The full name of the tour is FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy.)
In 2016, he released "I'm Sorry for What I Said When I Was Hungry" on Netflix, which is his sixth one-hour comedy special, according to his website. He has enjoyed recent success on the big screen, as well. His most recent film credits include voicing characters in a slew of animated movies like Jokey Smurf in "Smurfs: The Lost Village," a clerk in Disney's "Coco," Rufus in "The Star," and the hedgehog Cuatro in "Ferdinand."
As of Thursday afternoon, few seats remained in the Deadwood Mountain Grand's 2,500-seat event center, a testament to the comedian's popularity despite the change in show date.
His show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $79 to $99, depending on seats, and are available at Ticketmaster.com or the Deadwood Mountain Grand box office at 877-907-GRAND. Customers who had purchased tickets for the original March performance may use those tickets for this show.