Tiffany Haddish burst onto the scene in 2017 with her scene-stealing performance of Dina in the comedy Girls Trip. Between a Showtime comedy special, a Saturday Night Live hosting gig, and a New York Times best-selling book, she shows no signs of slowing down.
From a difficult childhood to a breakout star, Tiffany Haddish has lived an extremely interesting life. Here are 18 things to know about comedian Tiffany Haddish.
Her dad was an Eritrean Jew, and her mother was a Jehovah’s witness. She has referred to herself as a “Jew-Jo.”
While trying to break into the comedy scene, she was an “energy producer” at bar and bat mitzvahs.
She was in the foster care system between ages twelve and fifteen. Before she lived with a Jewish family, she lived with an anti-Semitic Hispanic family that tried to make her afraid of Jewish people in her book The Last Black Unicorn.
She is the first female black comedian to host Saturday Night Live.
Her autobiography, The Last Black Unicorn, debuted at number 15 on The New York Times bestseller list.
She was called a black unicorn by bullies when she was younger because of a wart on her forehead.
She went against Hollywood fashion taboo and wore the same striking Alexander McQueen dress four times: at the premiere of Girls Trip, when she hosted Saturday Night Live, at the 2018 Academy Awards and at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards.
She jumped the rope at the 2018 Academy Awards to meet Meryl Streep. After meeting Streep, she recounted that the legendary actress “smells like success.”
When she was a teenager, she was given the choice to go to comedy camp or to see a psychiatrist. She decided to attend Laugh Factory Comedy Camp.
She is the person who revealed that someone bit Beyoncé. She left the world hanging for months, but claimed it was Sanaa Lathan who bit Queen Bey.
She suffered from Toxic Shock Syndrome when she was 13 after using bad tampons. She said the doctor told her, “If you ever use tampons again, it would be like committing suicide. The reason you’re so sick off of the tampon is because they put a chemical in there that is the same chemical they put in rat poisoning.”
She was briefly involved with Scientology. She says, “They took me to the barracks and there was bunk beds and I said I ain’t doing this. If y’all don’t give me a real fucking bed I ain’t doing this. Y’all trying to trap a bitch, Y’all trying to have me in the system!”
She is a major fan of Groupon, and even took Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith on a Groupon swamp tour during the filming of Girls Trip.
After sharing this story and her general love of Groupon, she was in Groupon’s 2018 Super Bowl commercial.
The Last O.G. is her first lead role in a sitcom.
She was stood up on a date by Drake. She recalled “Then I’m like, ‘So what time are you heading out? Are you sending a car, like where we going? And he’s like, ‘Oh man, my bad, family emergency. I’m in Canada right now.’ And I was like, ‘OK! OK!’”
She was inspired to learn to surf by watching Sally Field in the 1960s TV series Gidget.
She introduced Barbara Streisand to Cardi B’s music.