Comedian Iglesias Turns To Hootie For Hope

Many people know Gabriel Iglesias from his comedy specials. He is one of the most watched comedians on YouTube and he spoke with host Michel Martin earlier this summer. Now, the comedian shares the songs that keep his spirits up in Tell Me More's occasional feature "In Your Ear."

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests to share their personal playlists with us. Gabriel Iglesias is one of the most watched comedians on YouTube. And if you haven't caught one of his acts there, perhaps you've seen him on Comedy Central or his project Standup Revolution.

He recently stopped by our studios in Culver City, California, as part of our summer series Make Me Laugh, where we visited with some of the countries most fun comedians.

He also took some time to share some of the diverse music that keeps him happy and amused on the road.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAMBOLERO")

GABRIEL IGLESIAS: Hi, this is Gabriel Iglesias and what's playing in my ear right now is "Bambolero" by the Gipsy Kings, because Gipsy Kings get down. And when I get down I like listening to Gipsy Kings.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAMBOLERO")

GIPSY KINGS: (Singing in Spanish)

IGLESIAS: What I'm driving, when I'm in a drive-through, when I'm walking around, "Bambolero" is in my head.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAMBOLERO")

KINGS: (Singing in Spanish)

IGLESIAS: "Bambolero." That's a good song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAMBOLERO")

KINGS: (Singing in Spanish)

IGLESIAS: I'm also listening to "It Was A Good Day" by Ice Cube.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IT WAS A GOOD DAY")

ICE CUBE: (Rapping) Just wakin' up in the mornin gotta thank God. I don't know but today seems kinda odd. No barkin' from the dog, no smog. And momma cooked a breakfast with no hog. I got my grub on, but didn't pig out.

IGLESIAS: It's always a happy song. It put me in a good mood, no matter the bad day I'm having, it's always nice to know...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IT WAS A GOOD DAY")

CUBE: (Rapping) I can't believe, today was a good day.

IGLESIAS: Another song that I'm listening to is "I Go Blind" by Hootie & the Blowfish.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I GO BLIND")

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH: (Singing) Every time I look at you, I go blind. Every time I look at you, I go blind. Every time I look at you, I go blind. Every time I look at you, I go blind. In the morning I get up, and I try to feel alive, but I can't. Every time I look at you, I go blind. I don't know what it is. Something in me just won't give me a chance.

IGLESIAS: I know it's an older song and I should stay up with the times, but I like Hootie. It's a happy song. It makes me think of happier times.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I GO BLIND")

BLOWFISH: (Singing) I think it's that I feel more confused by the deal love has shown me.

MARTIN: That was comedian Gabriel Iglesias sharing with us the music that's playing in his ear, including this song - "I Go Blind" by Hootie & The Blowfish.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I GO BLIND")

BLOWFISH: (Singing) I have seen all the fuss and it's no big deal. No big deal.

MARTIN: And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and you've been listening to TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more on tomorrow.

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