Iglesias Performs At Northwest Arena, Gifts Jersey To NCC

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, renowned standup comedian and Journey Gundeson, executive director of the National Comedy Center, cut a ceremonial ribbon, signifying the opening of the new “Fluffy” Iglesias comedic display, during Lucy-Fest, Thursday, Aug. 3 Photos By Christopher J. Blakeslee

The National Comedy Center can add to its comedians artifact collection.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Thursday gifted his wardrobe, from his 2022 sold-out Dodger Stadium performance, to NCC.

NCC Executive Director Journey Gunderson said that the center is the United States’ official archive of comedy history. With it being one of the most interactive experiences anywhere, visitors are immersed in the punchlines, the sketches, and the scenes, so historic moments are preserved for future generations.

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“We also carefully collect artifacts — artifacts that tell stories,” Gunderson noted. “What we do as a museum, what our job is to create context. Last year 45,000 people gathered in community. They gathered re-emerging from a global pandemic that was life altering for everyone. And they gathered to share in laughter with Gabe Iglesias.”

“This was his jersey that night as he became the first comedian to play the largest baseball stadium in the United States — LA’s Dodger Stadium — and sold it out,” Gunderson added pointing to a clear case that housed his jersey.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, standup, legendary comedian, and Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center, pose for a picture, during a ceremonial ribbon cutting for a new and permanent artifact display dedicated to Iglesias, held at the National Comedy Center, during the annually hosted, Lucille Ball Festival, Thursday, Aug. 3.

Gunderson noted that with that performance, it put the comedian in rare company with a few other artists — The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. She said that show was a bellwether for comedy because it showed the world that people were ready to laugh again, that live standup performance was back, and that the comedian’s work has been about bringing people together.

“The show also marked Gabe’s 25th year in comedy — a path that started at an open mic night on a whim,” Gunderson noted. “I really admire the way Gabe approaches his work by acknowledging those who came before him and the rigor that his artform demands.”

According to NCC’s website, comedycenter.org, The National Comedy Center is the United States’ Congressionally-designated comedy archive and maintains a collection of over 150,000 individual objects, documents, and recordings chronicling the contributions of innovators like Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, George Carlin, The Smothers Brothers, and the creative minds behind Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, and Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Artifacts from the careers of dozens of artists, from Charlie Chaplin, Phyllis Diller, and Richard Pryor to Eddie Murphy, Gabriel Iglesias, and Mindy Kaling are on view in the museum’s galleries on a rotating basis.

Before speaking to the press, Iglesias toured the NCC and wanted more time.

“Just walking through here, I need more time … I was rushed,” he said. I definitely plan on coming back because I want to support this because this (NCC) is incredible. When I found out you guys had a concession stand, I said ‘no this is legit, they will feed you here.’ “

Prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new “Fluffy” Iglesias display at the National Comedy Center Museum, Journy Gunderson gave specific, historical-comedic, facts about Iglesias’s amazing and chart-toping career, during the acclaimed Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Thursday, Aug. 3


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