The month of December seemed like quite an exciting month for actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish. Not only was it her birthday month, but it was also the month where her childhood dream became a reality. At only 34 years old, Tiffany Haddish has come a long way from her humble beginnings and has been deemed by many as the female comedian to watch in 2014. However, her journey into the entertainment world wasn’t a walk in the park.
Growing up, Tiffany Haddish had to learn how to be an adult at an early age and as the oldest of five children, she cared for her siblings while her mother worked at a post office overnight. At age 13 however, Tiffany and her siblings were split up and put into foster care after their mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia following a car accident. Tiffany became emotional after the separation, prompting her to act out in school until her social worker gave her two options: to go to psychiatric therapy or to the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp. Tiffany chose the comedy camp.
“I had a passion for comedy before going to the camp,” Tiffany says, who was inspired to pursue a career in comedy after watching a scene from the 1988 film, Who Framed Rodger Rabbit. “I wanted to make people laugh, and say things that people wouldn’t normally say in front of a crowd.” Tiffany adds that the camp educated her about when to be funny and when not to be funny, and also helped her realize that she was a beautiful being. “The camp also taught me how to be confident,” she shares, “and it was also there, that men told me that I was beautiful and for the first time I didn’t find it gross after they said it.”
Since finishing the camp, Tiffany Haddish has been featured in various shows such as Chelsea Lately, That’s So Raven, Comic View and most recently, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, along with making appearances in films such as Meet The Spartans among other things. When asked about her various roles, Tiffany Haddish explains that she likes to inspire people. “I want to inspire people in every way possible,” she says, “it can be a small minute role but if it’s worth the message I’ll do it.” Tiffany lives by the philosophy, “Do one thing every day towards making your goals and dreams a reality,” and says that this philosophy can work for anyone. “You have to first decide what your dream is, then take baby steps, which will ultimately manifest into big things,” and big things is what Tiffany Haddish has accomplished.
“When I was younger my mom wouldn’t allow me to watch the Arsenio Hall Show, so after she left the room I would take the TV and hide in the closet to watch it. Then one day I got caught, and after my mom yelled at me I said, ‘he will be my friend and I’m going to work for him one day.’ Fast forward twenty years later, her wish was granted. After hearing that the show was returning, Tiffany asked her agent to send over her package and after a few follow ups, an appearance in the audience, and a chance to do stand up, Tiffany now writes and performs in her very own segment called, Tiffany Thursdays Edition which airs every Thursday on the show.
Although Tiffany Haddish is living out her childhood dream, she shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to helping the less fortunate women and children in prison systems and performing on the USO Tour, Tiffany is gearing up for her EPIX network debut: performing on Jenny McCarthy’s comedy special, Dirty Sexy Funny, which premieres February 14th 2014. Also in the works, are upcoming projects with the Wayans Brothers and the release of her first book entitled, “The Last Black Unicorn.”
Without a doubt, Tiffany Haddish is making her mark on the entertainment industry, and she is a true testament that it is not about where you came from, but where you’re going, and Tiffany my friends, is going straight to the top!