For 15 years, Gabriel Iglesias knew what to expect from fans bearing gifts: chocolate cake.
“I said I liked it in 1997” in his comedy act, he said, “and people have been bringing me cakes to the show.
“Do the math on that one. It’s about 20-30 cakes a week every week.”
The last food offering was only slightly healthier — carrot cake — but the 36-year-old comedian realized in the middle of last year that enough was enough.
After hitting a peak weight of 437 pounds six to seven months ago, he’s lost somewhere between 80 and 90 pounds. He did it through a combination of yoga, weight training, cardio workouts and changing his diet.
On top of that, he has a yoga instructor who “calls me up and checks on me like a parole officer,” Iglesias said by telephone from a tour stop in Lincoln City, Ore.
The slimmer Iglesias, who popularized the phrase “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy,” returns to the Adler Theatre in Davenport for a performance next week.
Since he was last at the Adler in November 2010, Iglesias has appeared in the male stripper movie “Magic Mike.”
“I wasn’t one of the dancers, in case you were wondering,” he quickly added.
“Magic Mike” star-producer Channing Tatum had Iglesias in mind for the role of Tobias, the club DJ who also works as a drug dealer, so the comedian didn’t have to audition.
“It’s cool to do a movie, especially one that’s a hit,” he said. “I like things that make money.”
But he wasn’t thrilled with the downtime on a movie set, such as getting there at 6 a.m., memorizing lines that would later get changed and shooting the same scene repeatedly from different angles.
“The days are really, really long,” he said. “How does anybody do this?”
But when he’s on the road, Iglesias said, he has similar feelings. By next week, he will be back on his tour bus, what he calls a home on wheels.
“I complain no matter what, but there’s nothing I’d rather be doing in the world,” he said of comedy.
The biggest drawback is leaving his girlfriend and son (technically a stepson, but Iglesias has been with the 16-year-old’s mother for nine years) back home in Los Angeles.
He says she doesn’t give him a guilt trip about being on the road three to four days a week.
“She did know what she’s getting into, so she doesn’t bring it up. But the face says it all,” he said, adding, “The way she closes the door says it all.”
Doing humor without sarcasm, snark or insults, Iglesias says he’s more of a storyteller than a comedian onstage.
His rules there are few: no politics, religion or sports.
“Automatically, you (tick) someone off, no matter how many cheers are in the room,” he said. “If you avoid those three (topics), you’re pretty good.”