AceShowbiz - Funnyman Gabriel Iglesias has landed his own TV sitcom at Netflix. The "Magic Mike" star will front a new scripted series as part of a new deal with the bosses at the streaming service, which will also include two specials.
Gabriel, who is known to his fans as "Fluffy", has appeared on TV shows "Modern Family" and "Cristela", but he has never starred in his own series. In Mr. Iglesias, he will play a teacher who takes a job at his old high school, mentoring gifted kids.
He has enjoyed multiple successes on Netflix. His sixth stand-up comedy special, "I'm Sorry for What I Said When I Was Hungry", debuted in 2016.
The news of his new show comes a year after Iglesias was forced to cancel a string of shows and step back from the spotlight to focus of personal and health issues. He recently told Billboard that years of constant touring, depression and alcoholism eventually took their toll on him.
"I was burned out dude, 20 years of the same thing with no breaks," he told the outlet. "I wasn't being creative anymore. It was becoming work. And I wasn't spending enough time at home and that was taking its toll as well."
"I was also drinking a lot," he added. "I wasn't drinking to be social. I would drink because I just wanted to go to sleep. I was stressin' out so bad and the drinking was magnifying the problem. I was just gettin' sloppy, making poor decisions. I wasn't being the best person at home, and I wasn't being the best entertainer out on the road."
And then one night in Dallas, Texas his health issues came crashing down around him. "I got emotional on stage talking about the fact that my son is no longer a kid - now he's an adult, he's a man," the comic recalled, "and it hit me where I got choked up, I walked off stage, and I just I buckled."
He continued, "I fell down and was like, 'Oh my God, what am I doing with myself?' Yeah there's cars, yeah there's money, but am I still happy? I got a kid at home who has everything, but didn't have me around as much as he could've had."
Iglesias then apologized to fans online, took some time off and got on top of his health issues with the help of a therapist. He has since made up the gigs he postponed and he launched his "One Show Fits All World Tour" in January.