Sherri Shepherd and Gabriel Iglesias talk importance of diversity in new Netflix series ‘Mr. Iglesias’
Actors & comedians Sherri Shepherd and Gabriel Iglesias were on AM to DM by BuzzFeed News this morning to discuss their new Netflix series Mr. Iglesias. They spoke about what it means to have such a diverse cast, Gabriel reminds us all of his time on All That, and they give us a glimpse at how everyday stories become part of their stand-up comedy routines.
“I think little LatinX kids should look up and see someone that has the same name, Iglesias, where you have to say it with an accent. I think that’s so important.”
– Sherri Shepherd on the representation in Mr. Iglesias
On what it means to have a diverse cast:
SHEPHERD – “I love the fact that when you watch Mr. Iglesias you see all the diversity on the set. I think little brown boys and girls should look at the screen, should see people who look like them. I think little LatinX kids should look up and see someone that has the same name, Iglesias, where you have to say it with an accent. I think that’s so important.”
On GABRIEL IGLESIAS being in All That and his thoughts on the upcoming reboot: (watch the clip here)
IGLESIAS – “I thought you were going to bring up Magic Mike, because I was in that too. I will check it [All That reboot] out. I had a wonderful time being in All That, in season six. People don’t realize, but yeah I was a child star.”
SHEPHERD – “He had a wig on one time when he was doing All That, and busted his head open and went to the hospital.”
IGLESIAS – “Yeah, that was the only bad part.”
On how everyday life comes into their comedy routines:
IGLESIAS – “Something will happen to me, and I’ll talk about it that night. Literally some of the stuff Sherri just said will end up in the show later, like ‘screaming at my TV’, trust me.’”
SHEPHERD – “As stand up comics, that’s what we do. We take what happens in the day and take it to stage. Typically if you’ve gone through it, there are a hundred other people who’ve gone through it. And all the awkwardness and feeling of it go away. Everyone can relate to a bad day…”
IGLESIAS – “You all missed the part where she spilled all over me, and she robbed an intern earlier. She grabbed a cell phone and it wasn’t hers.”
SHEPHERD – “You know you spill coffee all over your boss’s crotch and wonder if you still have a job. Everyone can relate to that when you talk about it on stage.”
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