All Fluffy had to do Saturday night was shuffle onto the Rimrock Auto Arena stage in his signature Hawaiian shirt and the crowd of more than 8,000 people went nuts.
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, known to the world as Fluffy, drew a standing ovation before he even said a word.
The thing about Iglesias is he unifies people around life stories and pop culture. He doesn’t talk about presidential candidates or who’s going to be in the World Series. Iglesias talks about his life.
It’s been years since MontanaFair hosted a comedian, and the crowd was hungry for it.
Iglesias began his one-hour set with new material, and as promised finished the night with his most familiar jokes in a round of what he dubbed “comedy karaoke.”
“Who’d have thought in a million years that I’d be in Billings, Montana, playing comedy karaoke,” he said.
The crowd knew some of the punchlines almost better than Iglesias did, and they shouted them out, relishing the story about Iglesias getting pulled over by police with his hand in a box of Krispy Krème donuts or the time Iglesias took his Volkswagen Beetle over to show Martin, who lives across the street from a gang.
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“I was impressed with his show,” said Steven Willis, of Billings. “His stories are so relatable.”
Another fan said Iglesias is like Disney because he brings people together over common themes and doesn’t exclude anyone.
“He’s even better in person than seeing him on TV or Netflix,” said Bob Sundell, of Billings.
Iglesias kept acknowledging that he was playing to a family crowd and keeping his material clean. He found a 13-year-old boy in one of the front rows to banter with and teased a woman down front who was signing his show for a deaf fan. A plus was the audience learned how to sign Fluffy, exercise and Mexican.
Iglesias talked about the impact of "Frozen," even on jaded adults, which superhero is better, Iron Man or Batman, and what it's like to have an 18-year-old son who only leaves the house to play Pokemon Go.
It's just regular life stuff, but hearing Iglesias mimic his wife asking him to take out the trash or a Brit having sex is just plain funny.