Tiffany Haddish

Last updated on 17 November 2017

Tiffany Sarac Haddish (born December 3, 1979)[1] is an American comedian and actress.[2][3] She is currently best known for her co-starring role in the comedy film Girls Trip. She began her career appearing on television stand-up shows and sitcoms, before playing a series regular role in the first season of the OWN prime time soap opera, If Loving You Is Wrong. Haddish previously had roles in the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series The Carmichael Show from 2015 to 2017, and the 2016 action comedy film Keanu.

Tiffany Haddish
Born Tiffany Sarac Haddish
(1979-12-03) December 3, 1979
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 South Central Los Angeles.[2] Her father was a refugee from Eritrea and is from a Jewish family.[4][5] Her mother is African-American and was a small business owner who was part of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion.[6][7][8] [5] 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, when Haddish was eight years old, her mother was in a car accident and went through the windshield of her car. Haddish was supposed to babysit her younger siblings while her mother worked night shifts at the post office. The family at the time lived in Colton, California.[4] The accident caused Haddish's mother to have brain damage, as well as causing or triggering schizophrenia. The family moved back to South Central. After a period of time, Haddish began taking care of her siblings while her mother was having severe problems functioning. Haddish was twelve when the family was split up and the children were put into foster care, before her grandmother was awarded custody. In foster care, Haddish used comedy as a way to cope with being in situations with new people.[10] At one point she was hospitalized with toxic shock syndrome.[4]

Haddish attended George Ellery Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. She graduated from El Camino Real High School, also in Woodland Hills, where she was the school mascot.[4] Haddish said that until high school she could not read very well, but improved when she received tutoring from a teacher.[8] Haddish also got in a lot of trouble at school, although she won a drama competition that featured Shakespearean monologues. After her social worker gave her an ultimatum to either attend psychiatric therapy or go to the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp, the 17-year-old Haddish attended the Comedy Camp in mid-1997 as an outlet for her pain, and discovered her passion.[4][11] Haddish has said that the mentorship from many notable comedians literally saved her life.[4] Haddish has explained 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]


Haddish's first break was a spot on Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] She left the soap after the first season for a regular role on the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show as Nekeisha, the semi-estranged wife of Bobby Carmichael (Lil Rel Howery). As of 2017, the show completed its third and final season.[12]

In 2016, she co-starred opposite Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key in the comedy film Keanu in the role of Hi C.[15]

In 2017, Haddish starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall in the comedy film Girls Trip for Universal Pictures.[5][16] The performance was cited by many critics as a Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy-style breakout.[17] The film has received positive reviews from critics and became a box-office hit.[18][19]

In August 2017, Haddish's comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood, premiered on Showtime.[20]

On November 11, 2017, Haddish became the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live.[21]

In 2017, it was announced that Haddish would be co-starring opposite Tracy Morgan in an upcoming TBS sitcom, The Last O.G.[22]

Haddish will star in the 2018 comedy film Night School alongside Kevin Hart, and reunite with Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee.[23] She also set to lead in the comedy Limited Partners for Paramount Pictures.[24]

Personal life

Haddish was previously married to William Stewart. She filed for divorce in L.A. County, California in 2011, but the divorce was not finalized until 2014.[25], [5]

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.[26][27] She also had a brief experience in Scientology.[5]



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
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 Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood Herself Showtime comedy special
2017 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) 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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  2. ^ a b Desta, Yohana (21 July 2017). "Girls Trip Star Tiffany Haddish Is the Funniest Person Alive Right Now". Vanity Fair.
  3. ^ Kwateng-Clark, Danielle (2 June 2017). "The Cast of 'Girls Trip' Take Us on an Adventure in ESSENCE's July 2017 Issue". Essence.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Brennan, Neal; Kasher, Moshe; Haddish, Tiffany (7 January 2015). "Tiffany Haddish" (Audio podcast). The Champs.
  5. ^ a b c d e DJ Envy; Yee, Angela; Charlamagne Tha God; Haddish, Tiffany (19 June 2017). "Tiffany Haddish Speaks On Girls Trip, Escaping Death, Raising Her Siblings & More" (Video interview). The Breakfast Club. WWPR-FM.
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  7. ^ Seabaugh, Julie (2016). "Best Breakout Comedian: Tiffany Haddish – Best of L.A. 2016". LA Weekly.
  8. ^ a b Irrera, Dom; Haddish, Tiffany (17 November 2012). "Dom Irrera Live from The Laugh Factory with Tiffany Haddish" (Video interview (comedy podcast)). Dom Irrera Live from The Laugh Factory.
  9. ^ Faris, Anna; Sarna, Sim; Haddish, Tiffany (9 May 2016). "Episode #22 Tiffany Haddish!" (Podcast – audio). Anna Faris Is Unqualified.
  10. ^ Gomez, Patric (22 April 2016). "The Carmichael Show's Tiffany Haddish: From Foster Care Kid to Sitcom Star". People.
  11. ^ Haddish, Tiffany (December 2012). "Dreams Come True Through Laughter". Origin Magazine (10). p. 57.
  12. ^ a b Anderson, Tre'vell (1 April 2016). "'Dirty' comedian Tiffany Haddish searches for meaning on 'The Carmichael Show'". Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Hyman, Devon (20 January 2014). "Actress Tiffany Haddish - Beautiful, Talented, Funny & Smart". Parlé Magazine.
  14. ^ Dalton, Deron (9 September 2014). "OWN Drama 'If Loving You is Wrong' Explores Women's Desire to 'Swirl'". Lee Bailey's EURweb.
  15. ^ Chang, Justin (13 March 2016). "Film Review: 'Keanu'". Variety.
  16. ^ Ford, Rebecca (24 June 2016). "'Keanu' Actress Joins Universal's Comedy 'Girl Trip' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ "'Girls Trip' Breakout Tiffany Haddish Dishes on Her Big Week". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Girls Trip (2017) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Girls Trip". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  20. ^ Anderson, Tre'vell (20 July 2017). "With 'Girls Trip' and a comedy special, Tiffany Haddish's 'calling card' is open for the taking". Los Angeles Times.
  21. ^ Gibbs, Adrienne (11 November 2017). "'Girls Trip' Breakout Star Tiffany Haddish Making History Hosting 'SNL'; Taylor Swift Performing". Forbes.
  22. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (10 May 2017). "'The Carmichael Show' Breakout to Co-Star in TBS' Tracy Morgan Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter.
  23. ^ "'Girls Trip' Breakout Tiffany Haddish Joins Kevin Hart in 'Night School' (Exclusive)". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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  26. ^ Parker, Najja (14 March 2016). "Tiffany Haddish Brings It All Full Circle". Ebony.
  27. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (19 July 2017). "Hollywood's Next Queen Of Comedy Has Arrived". BuzzFeed.

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