Gabriel Iglesias announces he has COVID-19 on his birthday, cancels San Antonio performances

Iglesias was supposed to film his Netflix special over two shows on July 17

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 14: Comedian/actor Gabriel Iglesias performs his stand-up comedy routine as part of the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on April 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) (Ethan Miller, 2017 Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – Comedian Gabriel Iglesias announced on Thursday that he has COVID-19 and has canceled his performances in San Antonio through the weekend.

Iglesias’ announcement comes on his birthday, and a day after his Wednesday night performance at the Tobin Center was canceled. The venue cited “unforeseen circumstances.”

Iglesias had 26 performances scheduled at the Tobin Center from June 23 to July 17.

In a video on Twitter, Iglesias called it a “wake-up announcement,” and said he had two tests to confirm the diagnosis.

He said he’s had body aches and chills but otherwise feels “pretty good.”

“I’ve been vaccinated and I give credit for getting me through as quickly as it did,” Iglesias said.

The comedian says he needs to isolate and will lay low until he has three negative tests and then he’ll go back to work.

“Not the way I wanted to spend my birthday, but at least I’m alive. And I have cake. I can’t taste it or smell it, but I have it,” Iglesias said. “Wish me luck.”

He also urged others to be careful.

On Wednesday, San Antonio and Bexar County officials held a press conference to urge vaccinations amid a spike in the COVID-19 positivity rate. That rate is now at 11.2%, jumping up from 5.8% last week.

Tobin Center officials all ticketholders will be refunded automatically within the next 24 hours. The refund could take 3-5 business days to post to your account. Ticket holders who paid by cash or check will get a refund in the mail within 3-4 weeks. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact the box office by email at

Officials said Iglesias has not been inside the Tobin Center since testing positive for COVID-19 and said safety and cleaning protocols will remain in place.

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