In­ter­na­tional celeb – Tif­fany Had­dish

Girls Trip star TIF­FANY HAD­DISH went from liv­ing in her car to grac­ing the 2018 cover of Time’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple. And she still has more boss moves up her sleeve!

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Tif­fany Had­dish’s life story is true tes­ta­ment to the adage “ev­ery cloud has a sil­ver lin­ing”. Even though the LAborn ac­tress and co­me­dian got her big break as a con­tes­tant on the 2006 TV com­edy com­pe­ti­tion show Who’s Got Jokes, her big­gest role to date — or one that made Hol­ly­wood sit up and no­tice — was on the 2017 chick flick Girls Trip. De­spite the amount of pub­lic­ity and at­ten­tion she earned from this film, Tif­fany told Van­ity Fair she didn’t con­sider Girls Trip her break­through film. We love a girl who doesn’t dance to Hol­ly­wood’s tune! “Girls Trip was like: ‘Oh good, I got a job!’,” she said. In­stead, she sin­gles out her stand-up com­edy skit on The Arse­nio Hall Show as one of her big­gest ca­reer high­lights. In the same in­ter­view, the ac­tress also men­tioned that the gig far sur­passed per­form­ing at Def Com­edy Jam The Tonight Show.

Speak­ing to The At­lantic, the 38-year-old opened up about some of the be­hind-the-scenes con­ver­sa­tions that pre­ceded her land­ing the Girls Trip role. Her agent told her that the film’s pro­duc­tion team was look­ing for some­one who al­ready had a big name. And Tif­fany’s witty re­sponse, via her agent, to the pro­duc­tion team was: “I’ve had a name since 1979. Okay? I was born with a name.” And did she not prove the naysay­ers wrong?

To say she stole the show on that film would be the big­gest un­der­state­ment. In Vul­ture’s Emily Yoshida’s words, “Had­dish is the clear and un­de­ni­able break­out star of the film; you can­not take your eyes off Had­dish when she’s on­screen.” and

THE YEAR OF TIF­FANY

In an era where many claim to be tired of the phrase ‘black firsts’, Tif­fany’s suc­cesses should be an ex­cep­tion to this new rule. Not only did she make his­tory as the first black fe­male to host the 2018 MTV Movies & TV Awards as well as Satur­day Night Live (SNL) in Novem­ber 2017, but she also made the cov­eted 2018 Time’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple list. In true Tif­fany style, her MTV Movies & TV Awards script was raw, un­ex­pected and in her own words, “off the chain”! She kept ev­ery­one in stitches by pick­ing on celebri­ties like the Kar­dashi­ans. While pok­ing fun at the fa­mous TV fam­ily, in one of her mono­logues, she said: “I’m al­ways ex­cited to see the Kar­dashi­ans. The fam­ily’s ba­si­cally the Star Wars fran­chise. They make a ton of money. A new one is al­ways pop­ping up! And they’re ruled by a bossy over­lord who sleeps in a mask and loves black men.” She later told En­ter­tain­ment Weekly she hoped the op­por­tu­nity to host the awards would em­power other black women in the in­dus­try.

BLACK GIRLS IN COM­EDY

The co­me­dian often speaks openly about the chal­lenges black women face in com­edy cir­cles, one of them be­ing that it’s still male-dom­i­nated. The other is skin colour. Her own looks have spared her from be­ing the vic­tim of racist stereo­types often as­so­ci­ated with women of colour in the US — that they are highly sex­ual and ag­gres­sive, but she’s made it very clear she won’t

be co­erced into ton­ing down her com­edy acts.

This sen­ti­ment was sup­ported by In­se­cure cast mem­ber Amanda Seales in a Los An­ge­les Times in­ter­view. “Black women in par­tic­u­lar often feel pres­sure to fig­ure out how to get into the main­stream, be the ‘it girl,’ and get white peo­ple to like them,” she said, adding that co­me­di­ans of colour, in gen­eral, are only guar­an­teed suc­cess if they po­si­tion them­selves as cross-over acts that also ap­peal to white au­di­ences.

COM­EDY, HER SAV­ING GRACE

Through­out school, Tif­fany was teased about liv­ing in fos­ter care, and there­fore turned to jokes as her de­fence mech­a­nism. In her highly in­spi­ra­tional biog­ra­phy The Last Black Uni­corn, she de­tails how she de­vel­oped a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and strong hu­mour. “In high school, the hot chick on cam­pus, Kiki, was mess­ing around with this foot­ball player. One day, he talked to me on the bus, and she was like, ‘I’m gonna beat your ass!’ So I made a whole joke of it — run­ning around the halls, say­ing, ‘Kiki said she’s gonna beat me up, y’all!’ and act­ing to­tally goofy. Pretty soon, ev­ery­body was laugh­ing,” reads an ex­cerpt from her mem­oir.

In the same book, she re­layed the anec­dote of be­ing married at 27, and how her hus­band turned abu­sive. Once again, she used com­edy to help her es­cape that re­al­ity, but adds that it wasn’t al­ways easy. “I would pray, med­i­tate, and write like mad, try­ing so hard to find the funny. But there was noth­ing funny about it,” she ex­plained, also men­tion­ing that “find­ing light when I was hurting so badly helped me hold on to who I was. And ul­ti­mately, that helped me get out — alive.”

In a heart­felt Time 100 is­sue piece co­me­dian Kevin Hart penned about his friend, he re­called meet­ing her in 2005 and be­ing im­me­di­ately im­pressed with her raw tal­ent. It was also dur­ing that en­counter when Kevin no­ticed that Tif­fany was liv­ing out of her car. A year later, doors started open­ing for her, but the big TV roles only trick­led in from 2013, most no­tably on the spoof re­al­ity TV show The Real Hus­bands of Hol­ly­wood, OWN’s If Lov­ing You Is Wrong and The Carmichael Show on NBC. Her long list of achieve­ments in­cludes lu­cra­tive deals with the likes of Net­flix and HBO.

THE FU­TURE AND BE­YOND

Tif­fany fea­tures in Universal’s Night School, set for re­lease on 28 Septem­ber 2018, along­side Kevin. We’ll also be see­ing her as the lead in her friend Tyler Perry’s up­com­ing movie No­body’s Fool, sched­uled for re­lease on 7 De­cem­ber. Tyler re­cently gifted Tif­fany with a brand new SUV as a re­ward for her hard work and ca­reer suc­cess. Even with her many fa­mous friends, Tif­fany is de­ter­mined to make it to the top through her own ef­forts. Asked what her long-term fu­ture holds, the skit­tish Ti­fanny, said: “The master plan is to be like lit­tle baby Oprah, with my own pro­duc­tion com­pany, maybe my own chan­nel and in­spire mil­lions,” she told Van­ity Fair.

WITH HER IDOL, OPRAH WIN­FREY

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