Tiffany Haddish

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Tiffany Sarac Haddish (born December 3, 1979)[1] is an American comedian and actress.[2][3] 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.

Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish at Incirlik
Haddish performing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in 2013
Born Tiffany Sarac Haddish
December 3, 1979 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American and Eritrean
Occupation Comedian
Years active 2005–present

Early life and education

Haddish was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.[2] Her father, Tsihaye Reda Haddish, was a refugee from Eritrea and is from an Eritrean Jewish family.[4][5] Her mother, Leola, was an African-American small business owner and a Jehovah's Witness.[5][6][7][8] 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.[9]

In 1988 while living in Colton, California,[4] 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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[4] Haddish said she could not read very well until high school, but improved when she received tutoring from a teacher.[8] 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.[4][12] She has said that the mentorship from many notable comedians—including Richard Pryor, Dane Cook, Charles Fleischer, the Wayans brothers[13]—helped her discover her passion for comedy and it "literally saved her life."[4] 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.[4]

Before her on-screen success, Haddish held a number of jobs, including customer service for Alaska Airlines.[14] Haddish has said she lived in her car during her 20s while in her early days of comedy.[13]


Haddish's first break was a spot on the comedy competition Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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.[15]

In 2016, she co-starred opposite Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key in the comedy film Keanu in the role of Hi C.[18]

In 2017, Haddish starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall in the comedy film Girls Trip for Universal Pictures.[5][19] The performance was cited by many critics as a Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy-style breakout.[20] The film has received positive reviews from critics and became a box-office hit.[21][22] 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.[23]

In August 2017, Haddish's comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood, premiered on Showtime.[24] On November 11, 2017, Haddish became the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live.[25] Her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn,[26] 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.[27] She is also set to lead in the comedy Limited Partners for Paramount Pictures.[28]

Personal life

As described in her memoir,[26] 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."[29] She filed for divorce in L.A. County, California, in 2011 and 2013.[5][30]

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.[4] For a period, after she graduated from high school, Haddish was homeless, living in her car.[31][32] She also had a brief experience in Scientology.[5] At one point early in life, she was hospitalized with toxic shock syndrome.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Urban Demographic Janice Green
2008 Meet the Spartans Urban Girl
2009 Janky Promoters Michelle
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 4Play Comedian
2014 Patterns of Attraction Sandra Lewis
2014 Wishes Jeanie
2014 School Dance Trina
2015 All Between Us Mishawn
2016 Keanu Trina "Hi-C" Parker
2017 Mad Families Keko
2017 Girls Trip Dina African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress[33]
American Black Film Festival Rising Icon Award[34]
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
2017 Boosters Debra Post-production
2018 Night School Filming


Year Title Role Notes
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 Stunted Teri Television film
2015 Faux Show Felicity Television film
2015–2017 The Carmichael Show Nekeisha Series regular, 25 episodes
2016 @midnight Herself 2 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

Music videos

Year Song Artist Role
2017 "Moonlight" Jay-Z Phoebe Buffay

Works and publications

  • Haddish, Tiffany (December 2017). The Last Black Unicorn. New York: Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-501-18182-5. OCLC 983640770.


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  3. ^ Kwateng-Clark, Danielle (2 June 2017). "The Cast of 'Girls Trip' Take Us on an Adventure in ESSENCE's July 2017 Issue". Essence.
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