Tiffany Haddish, born December 3, 1979, is a globally celebrated stand-up comedian and actress. As an actress, Haddish has appeared in several shows and even debuted as an executive producer. She also takes on roles as a voice actor and she is able to inject humor as she does so. Haddish has already tried her hand at singing and she released her album in 2019. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. This made her the second African-American woman to win the award after Whoopi Goldberg. We are extremely excited to be celebrating her with you.
Tiffany Sara Cornilia Haddish was born on December 3, 1979, in South Central Los Angeles, California. Her parents were Tsihaye Reda Haddish and Leola. Her father left when she was a baby and her mother remarried the father to Haddish’s two half-sisters and two half-brothers. Haddish became the sole caregiver of the family after her mother suffered acute brain damage in a car accident, which resulted in her becoming schizophrenic. During this period, she realized her talent for making people laugh. She was registered into foster care together with her siblings when she was 13. To cope with the unfamiliarities in life, she turned to comedy. At 15 she was reunited with her siblings when their grandmother took them in. She went to George Hale Middle School and later graduated from El Camino Real High School.
While in school, she took part in drama competitions, presented Shakespearian monologues, and won several awards. This was despite her struggles with academics. After graduating from high school, she had no place to go and she lived in her car for some time. In 1997, an ultimatum given to her by her social worker landed her in Laugh Factory Comedy Camp. The mentoring she got from there fanned her passion for comedy and this realization changed her life for the better. She later enrolled at Santa Monica College after being unable to attend New York University due to tuition expenses.
Her first rise to prominence was through a spot on the comedy competition “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes.” In 2013, she featured on “Real Husbands of Hollywood” in a recurring role, and in the following year, she was cast in “If Loving You Is Wrong,” an Oprah Winfrey Network drama series. Her reputation grew when she appeared on “The Carmichael Show” sitcom as “Nekeisha.” Her role in “Girls Trip” however, was what gave her a big break in the entertainment industry in 2017. The role brought her numerous nominations and accolades. Haddish also received a Primetime Emmy Award for hosting a Saturday Night Live episode. She has also published a memoir titled “The Last Black Unicorn.” In 2018, she was featured in “The Last O.G.,” a T.B.S. series. She was an executive producer in the Netflix/Adult Swim animation “Tuca & Bertie” in 2019 and voiced the character “Tuca.”
Haddish gets a recurring role on the show “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
Haddish appears in the comedy film “Girls Trip” together with Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett, and Queen Latifah.
Haddish stars opposite Tracy Morgan as her first sitcom lead, in the T.B.S. sitcom, “The Last O.G.”
Haddish voices Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi in “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” Tuca in “Tuca & Bertie,” and Daisy in “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”
Haddish wins the Grammy award for Best Comedy Album for “Black Mitzvah.”
Why We Love Tiffany Haddish
She is goal-oriented
Despite all the challenges she faced growing up, Haddish never gave up on herself. She pursued a career in comedy and was determined to make it in the industry. In 2017, her goal was realized when Showtime aired her one-hour-long comedy special, “Tiffany Haddish: She Ready!”
She has a funny bone
Haddish has always been hilarious even at a young age. It was a form of therapy for her as well as an escape from the hardships she went through. She also used comedy in school to buy security from bullying. Her humor is natural and relatable and it is why it has materialized into a very successful career.
She loves her family
Haddish has been taking care of her family from a very young age. She values the bond she shares with her relatives. She takes care of her mother and grandmother because they have medical conditions. She has also set up her siblings into comfortable lives.
5 Surprising Facts
She is Eritrean
Haddish’s father was both Eritrean and Jewish.
Kevin Hart mentored her
Hart helped her rent a hotel because she was living in her car and while at it, encouraged her to set her career goals.
She has been married before
Haddish was married to William Stewart but filed for a divorce in 2013.
She is an author
Haddish’s book, “The Last Black Unicorn,” is based on her life.
She loves surfing
Surfing has emerged as one of her favorite activities after being inspired by Sally Field in the movie “Gidget.”
Tiffany Haddish FAQs
Does Tiffany Haddish have children?
No, she does not have biological children but she has been candid about her dream to one day adopt a child.
Did Tiffany Haddish ever go to jail?
Haddish once got arrested for driving under the influence.
Does Tiffany Haddish have a dog?
She has a Maltese/Yorkie named Sleeper.
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