Tiffany Haddish, the Queen of Comedy and Her Inspiring Journey to the Spotlight

Tiffany Sarac Cornilia Haddish was born in December of 1979 and grew up as an only child for a while before her mother remarried. She has two half-sisters and two half-brothers from that marriage. There was bad blood between her mother and her biological father, and he allegedly caused her mother’s brain damage by cutting the brakes on their car.

Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart on the Jonathan Ross Show laughing together in 2018. / The cover of the book ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ with Tiffany Haddish on it. / Tiffany Haddish and her father at her wedding.
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Growing up, she was separated from her siblings often and used comedy as a coping mechanism. The siblings all reunited during Haddish’s high school years and went to live with their grandmother. Haddish attended George Ellery Hale Middle School and El Camino Real High School and had many jobs before going on to become a comedian. She went through some real downs in her past, but she finally made it out.

Read more to see what Tiffany Haddish went through to become the successful comedian that she is today…

Her Father Is an Eritrean Jew

Tiffany Haddish’s father is a refugee from Eritrea. His name is Tsihaye Reda Haddish, and he left Tiffany and her mother when she was only three years old. Shortly after, her mother remarried. Later on in life, Haddish’s husband found him and reunited them just in time for a father-daughter dance at their wedding. Unfortunately, her father suffered from heart failure and pneumonia and passed away not long after the wedding.

Three photographs of Tiffany Haddish with her father at her wedding.
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In that time, Haddish learned more about her Jewish roots. She and her father had an on-again-off-again relationship so when he passed away, she still had a lot more that she was interested in learning. While she got to hear stories about how it was growing up there, she had to find a way to learn more.

Keep reading to find out how she connects with her heritage…

Her Mother Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury

When Tiffany Haddish was 8, there was a severe car accident where her mother’s head went through the front window. Tiffany and her siblings decided to stay home that day. Their mother survived, but she had to learn how to walk, talk, and eat all over again. This changed her personality. Haddish described how she thought it was like a demon was in control of her.

Tiffany as a young girl, just a few years old.
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The doctor warned Tiffany that her mother went through a lot and would really need help getting better. She said that her mother is doing a lot better now but never fully recovered. Thankfully, Tiffany’s career is going well, and her main goal is to get her mom into her own house with full-time care. Haddish recalls the situation in an interview with People, stating, “I was basically a 10-year-old mom.”

She Lived in Foster Care

Two years after the car accident, Haddish and her four siblings were split up into foster homes. She really struggled when it came to fitting in with the crowd at her new middle school. In the interview with People, she mentioned, “I remember being that foster kid and being like, ‘Man, I’m probably going to be in jail in two years.’”

Tiffany Haddish at the Ultimate Family Festival in LA.
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Haddish recalled being bullied and feeling threatened. She said that she would use humor to come back at them, and it worked; no one bothered her. Thankfully, she and her siblings were placed under the care of her grandmother when she turned 15. Even after they were placed with her grandmother, Haddish’s behavior was still a concern to the people around her.

She Struggled with Reading

A lot was going on in her home life, and it really affected her education. Thankfully after going back to her grandmother, she was able to find people who had her back. There was a teacher at the El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills who took an interest in her. He helped catch her up with her classmates. She went from cheating to really being able to get by.

Tiffany Haddish holding a martini giving a speech at the New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards.
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Haddish was interviewed by Madame Noire and said, “I was excellent at making people laugh and getting people to do things for me. All I knew were my ABCs and like three-letter words and McDonald’s. Things you see every day. So, I was a professional cheater.” Whoever this teacher is should feel really good about themselves.

An Ultimatum Changed Her Life

Haddish started in comedy back in 1997. Every summer, the Laugh Factory holds a comedy camp for inner-city kids. Haddish had just turned 16 years old. Her social worker gave her an ultimatum that she can either attend psychiatric therapy or go to a comedy camp at the Laugh Factory. Of course, she chose the comedy camp which ended up changing her life.

Tiffany Haddish when she was fifteen years old on stage at the Laugh Factory.
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Tiffany Haddish said that she learned communication, confidence, how to construct a joke, how to stand in front of a room, and more. They took her humor and helped her find love and discover her passion, making her the stand-up comedian she is today. Who knew that an ultimatum would ever work on someone? And so well, too.

She Got Toxic Shock Syndrome

When Tiffany Haddish was thirteen, she got toxic shock syndrome during one of her first periods and almost died. The tampons she used had chemicals in them that got her sick. Haddish got really sick and couldn’t keep any food or drinks down. She also got a burn all over her body and was dehydrated. Her grandmother took her to the hospital to get checked out.

Tiffany Haddish at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Texas.
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Tampons have a chemical in them, which they put in rat poison, and some people can be allergic to it. That’s what happened to Haddish. They had to keep her there for three nights and hooked her up to IVs. The doctors warned her not to use tampons ever again. This is something that people forget about, but TSS is important to look out for.

Energy Producer at Bar Mitzvahs and Executive Parties

Tiffany Haddish worked as a dancer for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for 11 years. After learning her father was Jewish, she tapped into the religion a bit and went on to work at these parties. Haddish has performed in over 500 Bar Mitzvahs and even gave her job the title of ‘Energy Producer.’ It does sound a lot fancier than a dancer and you know that Haddish brought the energy.

Tiffany Haddish with Pete Davidson getting the crowd excited at the MTV video music awards in 2017.
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Until today Haddish continues to bring her experience with Bar and Bat Mitzvahs into her interviews and stand-up routines. A lot of the time, she’ll come on and make sure to show off some of the moves that she used back in her energy producing days. Unfortunately, Haddish had to go through a bit more before she gets her big break.

She Almost Killed Someone Dancing

It was about 10:30 at night, and she was at a party. A grandfather was sitting on the side most of the night, so she invited him over to dance. They danced for a while before one of her favorite songs came on and she turned around to grind. But when she turned back around, he was on the floor holding his heart.

Tiffany Haddish at the BlacKkKlansman film premiere.
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Unfortunately, the man was older, and they ended up taking him to the hospital. He passed away at the hospital later on, and Haddish was questioned by the police. A few months later, she received a letter from the family thanking her for making sure that he had a good time and for making him laugh and even included a $100 tip. Since then, Haddish has referred to her butt as a deadly weapon.

Worked in the Airport

Like every other thing that Tiffany Haddish has done throughout her career, she did this next job with a crazy amount of energy. I don’t expect anything less than that from her at this point. After an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, we found out that Haddish worked with a man named Rod Samuels at LAX airport for Air New Zealand. He even remembered that they worked together in Terminal 2.

Tiffany Haddish in her uniform for Air New Zealand.
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Samuels went on to tell stories about how Haddish would dance for the people waiting. In foster care, she used humor to control the situation, and that’s exactly what she did here, too. Who wouldn’t want to see Haddish dancing down the conveyer belt on the way down to their flight?

She Is A Sexual Assault Survivor

In 2008, when Tiffany Haddish was 17 years old, she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a police cadet. She met a man at a family member’s baseball game, and he offered to introduce Haddish to his younger brother. At her school dance, this older man offered to give her a ride home, but he took her straight to his place. She claims that when they went inside, she saw a police uniform and realized that he was a cadet.

Tiffany Haddish at a photoshoot at SXSW.
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She was restrained and, unfortunately, wasn’t able to stop him. Haddish speaks about it openly and also spoke about how she becomes semi-aggressive to protect herself since she sees that men are afraid of aggressive women. I think this is a pretty reasonable way to go about things. I’ve always thought the only way to make a crazy person think that you’re crazy is to be crazier than him.

A Suitcase Changed Her Outlook

Haddish tells a story about how she got her grandmother’s old suitcase after she was in foster care for a while. She talks about the feeling that it gave her to finally have a suitcase and not be taking her things around in trash bags from home to home. When she was interviewed about it, Haddish said, “I felt like the most important person ever. Trash bags make kids feel like trash. Suitcases make them feel like travelers.”

Tiffany Haddish as a young girl performing stand-up on stage.
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Ever since this happened, she has been working with people to give back, and more specifically, with suitcases. Up to this date, she has donated thousands of suitcases that she has collected during charity drives and even purchased herself using ticket sales from her stand-up shows.

She Was Homeless for A While

After she graduated high school, there was a while when Tiffany Haddish was living in her car. While living in her car, she managed to volunteer at the Laugh Factory comedy camp, homelessness, and other charities. After her grandmother kicked her out at the age of 18, she had to resort to living in her car.

Tiffany Haddish kneeling in the back of a car with a lot of stuff inside talking to Kevin Hart.
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Haddish described it as “homeless as hell, just traveling around with my plastic bins,” and “basically couch surfing” at her friends’ houses. At that point, she was accepted to New York University but wasn’t able to afford it. She ended up getting a job to pay tuition and attending Santa Monica Community College. Haddish stopped doing comedy for a while because she couldn’t afford to.

Married & Divorced

Tiffany Haddish was married twice to a man named William Stewart, a private investigator. There are alleged stories of abuse even though we heard about him helping her reconnect with her father. There are two sides to every story, and Stewart claims that she destroyed his name. He tried to take her to court, asking for $1 million and claiming defamation, libel, and slander.

Tiffany Haddish and William Stewart at their wedding in front of a small waterfall on rocks.
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Haddish mentioned in a 2012 interview that he was not abusive but “just choked a little bit.” He came back, claiming that she requested it. There is no confirmation on what really happened here, but this is the exchange that took place between the two in interviews and magazine stories. There is more information about this in her book, The Last Black Unicorn.

She Guest Starred in Everything

The one thing that Haddish didn’t guest star in, which practically every other celebrity wanting to make it big goes on, is Law & Order. Besides this show, she was on everything, including Pimp My Ride, That’s So Raven, My Name Is Earl, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Just Jordan, New Girl, The Carmichael Show, and Real Husbands of Hollywood.

Tiffany Haddish on Pimp My Ride as a friend of someone getting their car fixed. / Tiffany Haddish on That’s So Raven.
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These smaller roles bring her to star in the highest-grossing comedy film of 2017 and to becoming an award-winning actress. On the set of the Real Husbands of Hollywood, she became very close to Kevin Hart and eventually worked on movies together. She also worked as an extra on different movies, which is where she first met the next person we will speak about.

Kevin Hart Had Her Back

Kevin Hart noticed that Haddish didn’t have anywhere to sleep when they were working on a sketch-comedy show together. When he asked about where she lives, she said, “Beverly Hills. If Imma be homeless, I’m gonna be homeless in the best area.” When he heard she was homeless in Beverly Hills, Hart pulled out $300 and told her to go get herself a real place to sleep.

Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart on the Jonathan Ross Show laughing together in 2018.
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Until this day, she is still trying to pay Hart back. At one point, Haddish “made it rain” pouring bills onto him, but he didn’t keep it. He came back at her, and he joked that he put it back in one of her wig caps. Hart says that he won’t ever accept that money back from her and that helping each other out is just the right thing to do. Who doesn’t love Kevin Hart?

The Police Were Her Wake Up Call

Kevin Hart’s charitable ways brought out another cool story about Haddish that you probably didn’t know. She wasn’t influenced by the police; I’m not referring to that kind of wake-up call. Haddish and Hart were working on a comedy sketch together and became close. When Haddish was living in her car in Beverly Hills, she claims she would park her car and sleep there.

Tiffany Haddish on Animal Planet’s Animal Nation panel in 2017.
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Then, the police would come every morning and wake her up. She said that it was like her wake-up call, the kind that you get when you’re staying at a five-star hotel. Thankfully, after a week, she rented out a run-down apartment for $550 a month. After this, she went on to work with Hart on more movies.

Keanu

I remember Tiffany Haddish in the movie Keanu with Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key where she plays Hi C. The movie follows a pair of assassins who kill a room full of Mexican drug cartel members, including the boss. They then proceed to take the boss’s cat Iglesias, but the cat escapes and ends up living with Key and Peele. Tiffany Haddish must have taken a real liking to this cat.

Tiffany Haddish and Method Man from a scene in Keanu.
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Along with her two dogs, Sleeper and Dreamer, she adopted the cat from the set of Keanu and named him Catonic. She loves her animals and did a photoshoot with People magazine with her dog. In the interview, she mentioned, “When I’m like really stressed out, or I can be sad, and I’ll be sittin’ on the couch and they’ll come. I might break out into tears; they’ll lick all my tears up make me laugh.”

Sleeper Likes Her Underwear

Tiffany Haddish did an interview with People, where she sits on a purple couch with her Maltese-Yorkie mix named Sleeper. She used to have an older friend who she would hang out with. This lady’s daughter got her a dog so that she would walk him and get out of the house a bit more. She didn’t want the dog anymore and asked Haddish if she wanted to keep the dog and bring him over for visits.

Tiffany Haddish and sleeper in an interview for ‘the beautiful issue’ of People.
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A few days after Haddish took him in, she passed away. Sleeper loves his new life and her underwear even more than that. In the interview, Haddish talks about how he likes to chew on things, but she has to specifically hide her underwear at the bottom of the hamper so that he doesn’t ruin them all.

Girls Trip

This was the real big break that got everyone talking about Tiffany Haddish. She took a role in the movie Girls Trip and stole the show from Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett Smith. It took a bit more effort for Haddish to get the role in the first place as they were looking for someone a bit more well known. But she had a great response to the studio executives who told her this.

Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Queen Latifah on a plane in the movie Girls Trip.
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She sent them a message through her agent saying, “I’ve had a name since 1979. Okay? I was born with a name.” Well, things worked out for her in the end. She literally stole all of the attention in the movie. I remember watching it and thinking about how it felt like Haddish has been an actress for years, and I already knew her well. It’s hard to not laugh and just get hooked.

Swamp Tour with Jada and Will Smith

Years after she made her bucket list, Haddish’s dreams came true. Jada Pinkett Smith invited her to dinner. At the dinner, they got to talking. Haddish invited them on a swamp tour that she got off of Groupon. They said they would love to go at dinner, but she didn’t take them seriously until Jada called her about an hour before she was going to leave. So, she, Will, and Jada went on a swamp tour. She picked them up, and everyone just got into her cheap rental car.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish talking in a scene from the movie Girls Trip.
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She thought she was driving all relaxed and laid back, but Pinkett Smith pointed out to her the next day that she was right up against the wheel with her back tightened up. She said, “I told myself you don’t want to be the one to kill the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Pinkett Smith didn’t know what a Groupon was and thought that it was a yacht or boat that Haddish could use to take them through the swamp. At the end of the day, the trio had a great time doing regular activity.

The Last Black Unicorn

Tiffany Haddish wrote a book in 2017 called The Last Black Unicorn. She got the name from bullies calling her a unicorn because she used to have a wart on her forehead. Like every other situation in her life, she takes the bad and makes it into comedy. In an interview with the LA Times, she said, “I started thinking that unicorns are beautiful. Unicorns are magical.

The cover of the book ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ with Tiffany Haddish on it. / Tiffany Haddish at the Bad Boys for Life film premiere.
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“And they’re right; I am a unicorn. I’m the last black unicorn! I’m a magical creature.” Haddish takes advantage of the book and puts all of her story in it, everything from her mother becoming ‘Violent, verbally abusive,’ the diagnosis of schizophrenia, and to her #MeToo story, which will have you in tears.

She Saw Someone Bite Beyoncé

Wherever Tiffany Haddish goes, she leaves with a good story. She happened to be at a party with Beyoncé and Jay Z when some woman came up and bit Beyoncé. For a while, she didn’t say anything about this story, but it is already a big part of her stand-up shows. She was ready to start a fight for her, but Beyoncé just wanted her to chill and everyone to enjoy the party.

Tiffany Haddish and Beyoncé taking a selfie.
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She still hasn’t leaked who this really was, but she had Beyoncé’s back. Of course, it’s better to watch one of her stand-up shows to hear this story firsthand because the way she describes Beyoncé going back to get Jay Z and tell him about what happened is hilarious.

Saturday Night Live

Tiffany Haddish made history in November of 2017 when she hosted Saturday Night Live. After the crazy amount of praise that she got from her performance in Girls Trip, she was invited to guest-host SNL. Haddish became the first black female stand-up comic to host SNL in all 43 seasons. It was also an amazing and hilarious episode with Taylor Swift as the musical guest.

Tiffany Haddish with Colin Jost and Michael Che on the Weekend Update.
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Not only did she make history, but her performance on SNL won her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Her monologue was filled with perfected jokes about her hardships and the good things that are happening in her life. Haddish’s life has been full of firsts, and this first led to a few more.

One-Sided Pen Pal with Oprah Winfrey

Tiffany Haddish first caught Oprah’s eye back on the set of the 2005 movie Their Eyes Were Watching God as an extra. Oprah found her to be funny, and she wanted to keep in touch with Haddish and be informed of her career. Haddish was then brought onto the Ellen DeGeneres show for an interview and brought up that she tried to write to Oprah and never heard back.

Tiffany Haddish and Oprah on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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The queen of surprises brought out Oprah for Haddish, saying, “Why don’t we just ask Oprah why she never wrote back? Oprah, why didn’t you write back?” I recommend checking out this video because Haddish reacts exactly as I would have if I got lucky enough to meet Oprah. She completely lost if and couldn’t stop the emotions from flowing.

Potluck Dinner at Taylor Swifts House

Tiffany Haddish spoke about her experience with Taylor Swift on the Ellen DeGeneres show recently. When she hosted SNL, Swift wanted to hang out, so Haddish recommended a potluck dinner. She requested BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, and brisket and said that she would bring the collard greens. Haddish describes cooking them, saying that she would pick them with a smile on, wash them with a smile, and cook them with a smile.

Taylor Swift and Tiffany Haddish on the Saturday Night Live stage.
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Haddish calls them joyful greens, and Taylor Swift was definitely a fan. The feeling was mutual, and she confirms Swift’s baking and cooking skill saying, “So when I get over there, she got all this food, it was so good. First off, Taylor can cook, okay; she can cook! Like the chicken was a bomb, and she made cornbread, bomb! So good.”

Hanging Out with Barbara Streisand

There are a few times, Haddish got to meet famous people that influenced her. They met at Ron Meyers house for dinner. The two spoke about Cardi B, how she transformed her whole life and being role models for young girls. Streisand had no idea who Cardi B was, but she agreed that everyone needs to be that role model for the younger generations.

Tiffany Haddish and Barbara Streisand at a dinner party.
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They spoke about empowering yourself to have everything you want in life. She refers to it as different ghettos, different times, and different demographics. They connected over the things they have in common, like being Jewish. After this dinner, she and Streisand keep in touch, and she even showed up at Haddish’s Bat Mitzvah.

She Visited Eritrea

After Haddish learned about her father’s heritage, she made sure to visit her late father’s hometown in Eritrea (which used to be Ethiopia). She actually ended up going there twice. Haddish was interested in learning more about where he came from, and she wanted to pay her last respects to her father. She went the first time to buy her father. The second time, she spoke about the advancements that have been made since the first time that she visited and how much she enjoys touring.

Tiffany Haddish in a traditional Eritrean dress for the 2018 Oscars.
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Haddish met a lot of long-lost relatives, see famous historical sites, and try new and different foods. She got to experience injera, which is a spongy sourdough flatbread and just loved it. One of her favorite parts was hearing the history wherever she traveled through. There were so many things she learned and wants to bring that knowledge to her fans.

Beyoncé Gifted Her the Clothes Off of Her Back

Have you ever complimented someone on an outfit and received it as a gift a few days later? Well, Haddish has. She was invited to a party for Mrs. Tina Lawson, and when she showed up, she happened to compliment Beyoncé on the gorgeous custom-made Christian Siriano suit. You probably also saw Beyoncé wearing it earlier on in 2019.

Beyonce wearing the Christian Siriano suit at her mom’s birthday. / Tiffany Haddish is wearing the Christian Siriano suit on her Netflix special.
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Haddish talks about how Beyoncé’s mom came up to her and even told her that they wanted to gift Haddish the suit. Later on, her mother spoke with her, and the day after this, the Siriano suit was delivered to her front door. Haddish wore it on her Netflix special and made sure to say that Beyoncé is the epitome of women supporting other women.

She Made the News Over A Tweet

This is how you know that you’re famous. It all started with a tweet that read, “Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night so hurt. I don’t know if it’s from my past, from something right now, or what is to come. All I do know if, I Thank God for letting me wake up and I cry away from the hurt so I can clear space for what feels Good Love and success.”

A tweet from Tiffany stating “Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night so hurt. I don’t know if it’s from my past, from something right now, or what is to come. All I do know is, I Thank God for letting me wake up and I cry away from the hurt so I can clear space for what feels Good Love and success.”
Source: @TiffanyHaddish / Twitter

She woke up the next morning to the headline “Tiffany Haddish Battles Depression” posted everywhere. She made sure to clear things up on her next talk show appearance, but it didn’t stop the rumor from spreading in the first place. I guess this shows you have to be careful what you say when your name is bigger.

She Wears the Same Dress Everywhere

There is one white dress with beautiful silver accents around the neck, which I sure seem familiar when you see it on Haddish. That is because she has a white Alexander McQueen dress which she loves to wear everywhere. It all started when she was channeling her Eritrean heritage and wore this dress in honor of her father. However, it’s a very expensive dress and it deserves to be worn more than once.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph at the Annual Academy Awards in 2018.
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Joking that she even wore it to the DMV to get recognized, Haddish first wore this dress at the Bad Girls premiere. Then she wore it for her night of hosting SNL, The Oscars, and even wore it to the Academy Awards with Maya Rudolph. On SNL, she said, “I feel like I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, however many times I want. As long as I Febreze it.” Haddish even went as far as to wear it on David Letterman’s Netflix show but has since retired the dress.

She Bombed but Came Right Back

Tiffany Haddish, more recently, went around performing in different cities. She took on New Year’s Eve stand-up performance in Miami for 2019’s celebration. The night before, instead of going to sleep, her friends convinced her to go out drinking and relax a bit before her big show. Well, maybe this wasn’t the best of ideas as her New Year’s performance was talking about a lot.

Tiffany Haddish is drinking some water at her New Years' Eve show in January 2019.
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She received a lot of backlashes, and a few fans even walked out of her performance. But the next day, celebs were making sure to reach out to her to make sure she keeps her head held high. DJ Khalid and Chrissy Teigen reached out on Twitter telling her that stuff happens. Then she gets a phone call from Kevin Hart, Oprah, and Sinbad! Oprah made sure to tell her that she’ll have better shows.

Bat Mitzvah for Her 40th

For what Tiffany Haddish described as her 21st birthday for the 19th year in a row, she celebrated her 40th recently in a big way. She studied Hebrew and Jewish rituals for months leading up to this celeb-filled party. They still get to celebrate with the traditional things like Hava Nagila and receive the typical silver Jewish star necklace from Tiffany’s & Co. Not only was her party filled with known faces, but Haddish received a silver diamond filled Star of David necklace from Barbara Streisand!

Tiffany Haddish at her premiere for Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah.
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Haddish’s Rabbi for the Torah reading was Sara Silverman’s sister, who flew in from Israel special for the occasion. Not many people can say that they had Billy Crystal reciting blessings at their Torah ceremony, which was probably the coolest part of the whole party. They also had graffiti t-shirts and, of course, danced with Haddish lifted up on a chair.

Pickles and Jolly Ranchers Are A Guilty Pleasure

Haddish has a very unusual guilty pleasure treat that will shock you. She is so passionate about the things that she likes that they might as well already hire her now as a spokesperson. She loves pickles with Jolly Ranchers. She spoke about this with ExtraTv, saying, “Everyone that knows about it is from the hood. If you don’t know, you’re not hood!”

Photograph of a pickle with a Jolly Rancher.
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She had this to say about the treat, “I like to eat pickles with Jolly Ranchers in the middle of them. You get the big dill pickles from the liquor store. You gotta go to a [corner] store to get the pickles. You eat the top off, and you stick a Jolly Rancher in the middle, and it’s the bomb.”

She Loves to Surf

Tiffany Haddish was keeping a secret from us. It turns out that she loves to surf. She was inspired to try surfing out after she first saw Sally Fields in the movie Gidget. Since learning to surf, it has become one of her favorite hobbies. She even talks about how she would love to do a re-make of the movie Gidget where she takes on the starring role.

Tiffany Haddish with a surfboard.
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Not much can surprise me about Haddish at this point. It really seems that she’s tried everything out that there is to, but who wouldn’t want to see a movie where she takes part in all of the drama that comes along with surfing? I would also like to just see her surfing skills in action.

She Takes Care of Her Family

A lot of celebrities get rich and make sure to take care of their family. Tiffany Haddish is no exception. She doesn’t go so crazy as to buy luxury cars and mansions like some celebs, but she does make sure that everyone is taken care of. She started out by taking her mom out of the health center and got her in touch with the best psychiatrists. She spends most of her money on her grandmother and her mother.

Tiffany Haddish’s stepfather with her four half-siblings.
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She got herself a two-bedroom apartment and moved her sister in there also. Then she got nurses to help her mother out. Her grandmother is dealing with Alzheimer’s and recently bumped her head, so she arranged for meal services for her grandmother and mother. You can tell with the way that she takes care of her family that she is just a warm and caring person.

She Has A Green Thumb

Tiffany Haddish loves to garden. She currently lives in Los Angeles and makes sure to tend to the garden every day. She says that she pulls the weeks, talks to her plants, and even tells them jokes. Shocker, but they don’t laugh. Haddish has always wanted a garden to grow things in and thought of it in a relaxing way.

Tiffany Haddish is posing in the garden for the Hollywood Reporter.
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In an interview, she mentioned, “Having a garden is a reminder that, however, much attention you give it, what you put into it is what you get back. It’s very much like life.” She thinks she got it from her mom and grandma, adding, “There’s nothing like eating off your own land, you know?” In her interview with David Letterman, you get to see her garden. She brought him back to her LA home, and they did some gardening together.

Tuca & Bertie

Tiffany Haddish isn’t done yet. Up until now, she was in The Last O.G. with Tracy Morgan and got to work with other famous comedians. This show might have only lasted one season, but this last year the creators of Bojack Horseman came out with another show called Tuca & Bertie, an adult animated sitcom. This time, Haddish gets to work with Ali Wong and Steven Yeun.

Tuca and Bertie walking down the street in the new show, Tuca, and Bertie.
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Haddish plays Tuca, the toucan who is newly sober and works odd jobs. Ali Wong plays Bertie, the songbird and Tuca’s career-minded best friend. The fun part about this show is that she got to work with some fun guest stars like Awkwafind, Tig Notaro, Isabella Rossellini, Taraji P. Henson, and Jane Lynch.

She Had A Tea Party

We all know that Haddish has a great sense of humor, but I love this next thing that she did. After buying a bunch of tea sets on a trip to China, a great idea came to mind, ‘I want to have a tea party.’ She invited everyone and had them wear big hats and flowy dresses. She also went as far as hiring a harp player, and she had him play Beyoncé songs only.

Tiffany Haddish with a hat on at the Met Gala in New York.
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When asked what else happened at the party, she said, “I hired one of my comedy buddies to pretend to be a butler. He wore a top hat and answered the door, and escorted everyone to the backyard. Then he would announce them. He’d say, ‘May I present Ms. Dominique of the hills of Hawthorne.’ It was so much fun.” I would have loved to be at that party and would even settle for being a fly on the wall.

Haddish Has Dream Date Requirements

On a taping of Jimmy Fallon, Tiffany Haddish spoke about her ultimate dream date. It started out with the two of them joking around about how her significant other is an Emmy Award. Haddish said she’s tired of being single and has some requirements for interested men. The main one is that he is over 25 and not in jail.

Tiffany Haddish and Snoop Dog behind the DJ booth at the Golden Globe Awards post-show celebration.
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She also needs someone who can survive an apocalypse. Do you know how to grow things, kill zombies, or cure an infection with weeds? Maybe Haddish is the woman for you. She asked her followers where they would take her on an ideal date, and she got some hilarious responses. She was asked if she wants to be picked up on a bike, make love on someone’s air mattress, takes a bath in a man’s rusty tub, or even watch a bootleg version of her movie together.