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Iglesias fills GPAC with laughs

By Nick Phillips

March 29, 2012

Photo by Mindy Hubbard
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias performs on the GPAC stage on March 22. Iglesias and the five other comedians on his tour gave the sold-out crowd three and a half hours of laughs and jokes.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias and his Stand Up Revolution tour stopped at GPAC on March 22 for a night filled with laughs and jokes into the night.

Iglesias and his traveling show came to UNCP after stops in both Raleigh and Charlotte days earlier as part of his national tour that still includes stops at high-profile locations such as The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The show, which was open to UNCP students, faculty, staff and the public, was sold out, something that GPAC Director Patricia Fields said has only happened six or seven times in the last 10 years.

The night opened with five opening acts before Iglesias hit the stage to a deafening roar around 9:30 p.m. The comedian performed an hour's worth of new material before taking questions from the audience and ending the night by telling some of his most-known jokes as the crowd chanted for specific stories that he originally performed on either his Comedy Central television specials or on his show "Gabriel Iglesias presents Stand Up Revolution."

During the question and answer portion of his routine, someone shouted towards the stage and asked Iglesias how he found Pembroke.

"With a GPS" Iglesias responded to a laughing ovation..

Iglesias also spoke about how "cool" it was to hear the audience recite the words to his well-known jokes as he told the story.

Before leaving the stage at the end of the night, Iglesias held up a timer that was on the stage. It had stopped running and was stuck at 69:59.

"You broke the clock," Iglesias told the crowd. "That's never happened before."

In total, Iglesias' performance lasted approximately 90 minutes, while the overall show ran almost three and a half hours.

Iglesias' five opening acts included Martin Moreno, his close friend who is in many of his jokes, as well as Shaun Latham, Alfred Robles, Trevor Noah and Rick Gutierrez.

Moreno, who also served as the emcee and introduced each performer, along with Noah, an up-and-coming comedian from South Africa, received the loudest ovations outside of Iglesias.

Meet and greet

Photo by Mindy Hubbard
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias performs during his show on March 22 in front of a sold out GPAC crowd.
After the show, selected fans were able to meet Iglesias and the other performers after being selected by Student Involvement and Leadership. The selected fans also received a front row seat for themselves and one friend in addition to the meet and greet.

But the meet and greet wasn't without controversy. Student Involvement and Leadership posted the meet and greet contest on its Facebook page at 3:08 p.m. on the day of the show that asked followers to leave comments on why they should win. In total, 12 people left comments and all 12 were selected for meet and greets. At least two winners did not see the announcement that they had won, as they left comments about not seeing that they were selected until later.

Sharissa Dice, a junior, was one of the winners of the contest after she posted about making Iglesias a chocolate cake.

"I commented and then ended up with seven likes, so that might have helped," Dice said.

Another winner, Summer Capps, who is a senior in her final semester at UNCP, is going into the Army and will be leaving in a couple of weeks. Capps said she was supposed to have already been deployed but was delayed.

"I was on Facebook, and I check it a lot. Student's don't realize that they (Student Involvement and Leadership) are always giving away stuff," Capps said.

Capps added that it was really cool to meet Iglesias during her final days beforeleaving, adding that the show was sold out and everyone was there.

Other students were upset at the timing of the meet and greet opportunity.

"That's not fair at all. If it's a contest then it should be public and have plenty of notice," former student Jason Moore said.

"I feel like it should have been a random raffle," senior Nick Pilot said.

"I mean, how many people are on their phone 24/7? Everyone was finishing classes and getting ready to come to the show," Pilot added.

Junior Zach Beasley said he was "disappointed."

"I had no idea there was a contest," Beasley said. "I would've done anything to be in the front row because 'Fluffy' is my favorite comedian."

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