Tiffany Sarac Haddish (born December 3, 1979) is an American comedian and actress. After guest starring on several television series, Haddish gained prominence as Jackie on the first season of the OWN television drama If Loving You Is Wrong from 2014 to 2015. From 2015 to 2017, she starred as Nekeisha Williams on the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show. After appearing in the 2016 comedy film Keanu, Haddish made her film breakthrough as Dina in the 2017 film Girls Trip, for which she received critical acclaim.
|Born||Tiffany Sarac Haddish
December 3, 1979
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Nationality||American and Eritrean|
Haddish was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Tsihaye Reda Haddish, was a refugee from Eritrea and is from an Eritrean Jewish family. Her mother, Leola, was an African-American small business owner and a Jehovah's Witness. After Haddish's father left when she was three years old, her mother remarried and went on to have more children; Haddish has two half-sisters and two half-brothers.
In 1988 while living in Colton, California, Haddish's stepfather tampered with the brakes on her mother’s car, resulting in her mother crashing through the windshield of her car. The tampering was allegedly intended to harm Haddish and her siblings as well, but they had opted to stay home. The accident caused Haddish's mother to have brain damage, possibly triggering schizophrenia. Haddish, then aged nine and the oldest of her five siblings, became the primary caregiver for her family.
Haddish was 12 when she and her siblings were put into foster care. While there, she used comedy as a way to cope with being in situations with new people. When she was 15, she and her siblings were reunited and put under the care of their grandmother.
She attended George Ellery Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills and graduated from El Camino Real High School, also in Woodland Hills, where she was the school mascot. Haddish said she could not read very well until high school, but improved when she received tutoring from a teacher. She also got in a lot of trouble at school, despite her award-winning participation in drama competition featuring Shakespearean monologues. In 1997, after her social worker gave her an ultimatum to either attend psychiatric therapy or go to the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp, then 17-year-old Haddish opted for comedy as outlet for her pain. She has said that the mentorship from many notable comedians—including Richard Pryor, Dane Cook, Charles Fleischer, the Wayans brothers—helped her discover her passion for comedy and it "literally saved her life." She has said that she incorporates her past real life experiences in her sets, finding that doing so functions as a sort of "safe space" for her.
Before her on-screen success, Haddish held a number of jobs, including customer service for Alaska Airlines. Haddish has said she lived in her car during her 20s while in her early days of comedy.
Haddish's first break was a spot on the comedy competition Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? She has made guest appearances on such shows as, Chelsea Lately, That's So Raven, My Name Is Earl, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Underground, Nick Cannon's Short Circuitz, Just Jordan, In the Motherhood, Def Comedy Jam, Reality Bites Back and New Girl. She has also starred in movies such as Meet the Spartans and Janky Promoters.
In 2013, she had a recurring role on Real Husbands of Hollywood. In 2014, Haddish was cast in the Oprah Winfrey Network series If Loving You Is Wrong. She left the soap after the first season for a regular role on the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show where she starred as Nekeisha, the semi-estranged wife of Bobby Carmichael (Lil Rel Howery), for three seasons.
In 2017, Haddish starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall in the comedy film Girls Trip for Universal Pictures. The performance was cited by many critics as a Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy-style breakout. The film has received positive reviews from critics and became a box-office hit. In May 2017, it was announced that Haddish would be co-starring opposite Tracy Morgan in an upcoming TBS sitcom, The Last O.G., her first lead in a sitcom.
In August 2017, Haddish's comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood, premiered on Showtime. On November 11, 2017, Haddish became the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. Her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, was released in December 2017.
Haddish will star in the 2018 comedy film Night School alongside Kevin Hart, and reunite with Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee. She is also set to lead in the comedy Limited Partners for Paramount Pictures.
As described in her memoir, Haddish married and divorced William Stewart twice. Stewart helped her locate her once estranged father who walked her down the aisle at their first wedding, which is once described as "one of the happiest days of my life." She filed for divorce in L.A. County, California, in 2011 and 2013.
Haddish endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Presidential Election. Haddish volunteers at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp and for homeless and other charities that help people. For a period, after she graduated from high school, Haddish was homeless, living in her car. She also had a brief experience in Scientology. At one point early in life, she was hospitalized with toxic shock syndrome.
|2005||The Urban Demographic||Janice Green|
|2008||Meet the Spartans||Urban Girl|
|2010||Wax On, F*ck Off||Prostitute||Short film|
|2011||Driving by Braille||Drum Major|
|2012||What My Husband Doesn't Know||Falana|
|2013||A Christmas Wedding||Aurora|
|2014||Patterns of Attraction||Sandra Lewis|
|2015||All Between Us||Mishawn|
|2016||Keanu||Trina "Hi-C" Parker|
|2017||Girls Trip||Dina||African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
American Black Film Festival Rising Icon Award
Pending — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
Pending — Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Pending — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2005||That's So Raven||Charlotte||Episode: "When in Dome"|
|2006||Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?||Herself (contestant)||Episode: "Warm It Up in LA"|
|2006||My Name Is Earl||Robin||Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"|
|2006||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Stripper||Episode: "Charlie Gets Crippled"|
|2006||The Underground||Various||Episode #1.3|
|2007||Nick Cannon's Short Circuitz||Various||Episode #1.1|
|2007||Just Jordan||Diamond||Episode: "Krumpshakers"|
|2008||The McCaingels||The Bride||Recurring role|
|2008||Reality Bites Back||Herself (contestant)|
|2008||Racing for Time||Denise||Television film|
|2008||Da Network||Odette||Television film|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Teddy||Episode: "It Takes a Village Idiot"|
|2009||Secret Girlfriend||Jessica's Co-Worker||Episode: "You and Your Ex Call It Quits"|
|2011–2012||Chelsea Lately||Herself||4 episodes|
|2013–2014||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Tiffany||7 episodes|
|2014||Funniest Wins||Herself (contestant)||5 episodes|
|2014–2015||If Loving You Is Wrong||Jackie||Series regular, 14 episodes|
|2014||New Girl||Leslie||Episode: "Exes"|
|2014||TripTank||Delsyia (voice)||3 episodes|
|2015||Faux Show||Felicity||Television film|
|2015–2017||The Carmichael Show||Nekeisha||Series regular, 25 episodes|
|2016–present||Legends of Chamberlain Heights||Cindy (voice)||Series regular, 18 episodes|
|2017||The High Court with Doug Benson||Herself (guest bailiff)||3 episodes|
|2017||Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson||Tina the Brain Coral (voice)||7 episodes|
|2017||Face Value||Herself (host)|
|2017||Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood||Herself||Showtime comedy special|
|2017||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host), various||Episode: "Tiffany Haddish/Taylor Swift"|
|2018||The Last O.G.||Shay||Main cast|