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Comedienne Tiffany Haddish Talks Going From Foster Homes And Illiteracy To The Carmichael Show And Feature Films
Don’t underestimate Tiffany Haddish.
It’s something people have been doing for way too long. Whether it’s been fellow comediennes who thought she was just a pretty face trying to use her looks to get ahead (that’s what Leslie Jones thought before they became buddies), an agent who told her she would never be anything (“I was like, ‘Oh, I’m gon’ be something. Even if it’s a rich man’s baby mama, I’m going to be something”), or reporters like myself who didn’t understand how she paid the bills with a short-lived role on Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong (“Yes, I do drama! Haddish exclaimed over lunch with reporters at the 20th Century Fox lot), Haddish has been underestimated time and again. But after leaving our meal together, I realized one wondrous thing about her: Haddish is a hustler, and after years of hustling her way through poverty and the foster care system, she’s using her talents to obtain the success she deserves.
It hasn’t been an easy road for The Carmichael Show star, not by a longshot. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, her mother suffered from mental illness. Haddish and her siblings were eventually placed in the foster care system. She said it was those rough years that taught her to make other people laugh. By doing so, she was able to find a sense of peace, a “safe place.” She was able to learn most from and connect most with those who also had a sense of humor.
“The stage is my home. It’s my safe place,” Haddish said. “Someone might shoot me up here, but they’re not going to come up here with a belt and whoop me in front of everybody. Nobody’s going to let that happen to me. And I feel like, I’m more apt to do things for people that make me laugh, that bring me joy. I’ve learned more from people who make me laugh. The teachers I remember, in my life, are all people who made me laugh. Most people that are damaged and hurt, which is most comedians because we’re all pretty crazy and messed up in some kind of way, gravitate to comedy because it’s healing. It’s straight medicine to be able to get up on stage and speak your ideas and people laugh–either in agreement or disagreement or shock or whatever. But to be able to invoke emotion in a room full of strangers is a powerful thing.”
That ability also helped her get through school. Haddish spent a majority of her young life not knowing how to read. It wasn’t until her drama teacher found out when she was 15 and forced her to come practice reading during lunch and nutrition classes that Haddish gradually caught up. Knowing how to read “is the thing I’m most proud of.” But before she was caught, she was relying on her colleagues. By making her classmates laugh and building connections, she was finally able to keep people from bullying her for being poor, but she was also able to get them to help her pass from grade to grade.
“I was excellent at making people laugh and getting people to do things for me,” Haddish said. “All I knew were my ABCs and like three-letter words and McDonald’s. Things you see every day. So I was a professional cheater. I saw this movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and that movie is the basis of my existence. I was getting beat up in school, picked on and all of that. And when that detective said to the rabbit, ‘Why are people doing these things for you?’ He said, ‘Because I make ’em laugh, Eddie. If you make ’em laugh, they’ll do anything for you.’ And I was like, ‘That’s what I’m gonna do! I’m going to make the smart kids laugh, and they’ll let me copy their homework. Maybe someone can teach me to do this and that.’ I fit into every circle because I needed to copy [laughs].”
After high school, Haddish struggled because while she was accepted into drama programs and different schools, she couldn’t afford to pay her way through such institutions.
“I was like, ‘Where do you get tuition from?'”
Feeling depressed about her circumstances, Haddish did customer service work, was employed at an airline, and did what she could to pay bills. After finding herself in a slump, depressed, she was encouraged by a mentor to get back into doing comedy. So she did. She entertained patrons at coffee shops and performed at The Laugh Factory before she was offered her first paid gig. Not surprisingly, there’s a funny story behind it.
“It was at the Renaissance Hotel. It was a lesbian convention of some sort–I didn’t know, though,” Haddish said. “I just thought it was a lot of women just having a dinner [laughs]. I get up on stage, and I tell my jokes. At that time, all my jokes was about my boyfriend. They started heckling me and stuff. They were like, ‘Do you know where you are little girl?!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m at the Renaissance Hotel telling jokes!’ And they were like, ‘You’re at the Gay, Lesbian blah blah blah.’ I was like, ‘Oooooh.’ The booker didn’t tell me, but I did 10 minutes, and they gave me $50. I was like, ‘This is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life!’ Ten minutes and $50 bucks?!”
So after working all kinds of jobs in between gigs (including teaching dance, stand-up and improv at youth centers, and even doing hundreds of stand-up routines at bar mitzvahs), Haddish started to focus solely on acting and comedy. Doors began to open–and then kind of close.
It was just a few years ago that she was one of a few comediennes talking to TMZ about what it was like to audition for Saturday Night Live after Kenan Thompson said many of the Black comics who try out for the sketch comedy show “weren’t ready” to land such a gig.
She now says opening her mouth about it to the press wasn’t a good idea, claiming the TMZ reporter twisted her words. But she doesn’t regret what she had to say about that entire process and controversy, or the impact it had on her career.
“They asked me how I felt about it, and I was like, ‘Well I was a little upset because I didn’t know that the audition was actually a show people were buying tickets to,” Haddish said. “I get paid! I get paid when I do a show people buy tickets to. I was just told to come down at 10 o’ clock and audition. So I thought it was going to be two guys and a camera. I’m going to do my impersonations and then go home. But it was a full theater full of people that bought tickets. Nobody told me. I could have had my fans come out and watch me. That part had me mad. Now you’re making money off of me.”
She continued,”I feel like this. I’ve produced projects before. And when I produce something, I know who I want. Now, if they don’t get back to me fast enough, I’m going to start holding auditions. But I feel like, personally, if you already know in your mind you’ve been following somebody for two or three years, and you’re trying to get them to be on your thing, then you get that person. Don’t have 50, 70, 800 Black women come and audition for something you know you don’t want to hire any of them for. Now you’re wasting my gas money and my time. I could have been creating my own stuff!”
But Haddish admitted that such a setback only made her more determined. She continued to audition and hustle with bit roles here and there, including work on Real Husbands of Hollywood. Finally, after losing her gig on Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong as Jackie and not getting Meagan Good’s role on the short-lived comedy, Mr. Robinson, she was offered the role of Nekeisha on NBC’s The Carmichael Show as a series regular. And she is also starring in the upcoming comedy, Keanu, with comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Things are looking up for the talented and resolute comedienne who still also does stand-up comedy (for big bucks) and still resides in South Central (because she wants to–for now). So much so that some of the same people who used to bully her in school and underestimated her for so long are trying to get on her good side. Like an old ruffian named Chauncey, she ran into recently while he was doing his work as a security guard.
“He was like, ‘Tiffany! I’ve been seeing you everywhere. You’re really out here! You’re everywhere.'”
“I looked at him,” she said, “And I was like, ‘Why yes. Yes, I am.’ It felt so good! [laughs]”
Check out Haddish on The Carmichael Show on Sunday nights (9 p.m. EST) on NBC, and in Keanu when it comes out on April 29 in theaters.
When we saw “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” creator Chris Spencer on the BET red carpet Sunday, we knew we had to ask his silly self about the next season of our favorite comedy on BET. We already know Robin Thicke won’t be returning to the cast, but we were surprised about who he said we should expect cameos from in his absence. Check out the list of guest stars he names in the video above. Surprised?
Winning! And It’s About Time: Robin Thicke Finally Snags His First Number One Hit With “Blurred Lines”
Despite the, many jams Robin Thicke has had over the years, including when he was just going by the stage name Thicke, you would be surprised to know that the blue-eyed soul singer has never snagged a Billboard number one hit. That’s until now. He’s been in the business since 1994 and almost 20 years later, he’s picked up his first number one hit with the song “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell and T.I.
The song went from number six on the charts to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and is in the top spot for digital songs. The song has passed more than 1 million downloads sold, which is also Thicke’s first song to move more than a million units. “Lost Without U” was close to doing so, selling more than 946,000, and it’s his second biggest hit. Guess it finally makes sense why he decided to back out of Real Husbands of Hollywood now:
“The thing was, I was gonna do the new season and then this song started taking off. I didn’t have the time to do the new season. I had to get this album. It was fun just to do it like once. Then you start to repeat story lines, repeating jokes.”
Thicke will use the momentum he’s built with the very well-received track by releasing his sixth studio album, coincidentally titled Blurred Lines, on July 30. Congrats to all three men, but especially Thicke on such a big milestone for him. Get to the money!
Singer Robin Thicke recently announced that he was leaving the BET scripted series “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” and it took show creator Kevin Hart no time to find his replacement— Chris Rock. The funnyman and comedic star recently told HipHollywood about his excitement for the show.
“I’m a fan of Kevin … it’s rare when you actually get to work with each other and have fun,” he said.
Since debuting with over four million viewers in January, the show has been a staple for the network. Alongside Kevin, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, Nick Cannon and others, season two has already begun filming. Check out Chris and Kevin’s interview on the new cast changes below.
Do you think this is a good move for the franchise?
Say it ain’t true because if it is – BET’s hit “reality” show, Real Husbands of Hollywood just lost their minority. News has surfaced that sultry R&B singer Robin Thicke has bid adieu to the scripted comedy after just one season (they are currently taping season two). While the jury is still out on why he left, speculations are twirling faster than Kenya Moore on vacation in Anguilla, citing diva behavior and a possible fight with creator and co-star, Kevin Hart.
According to Diary of a Hollywood Street King, Thicke didn’t show up to the set for a recent filming. No warning, phone call, text or Facebook message was sent on his part to the cast or crew and as a result, he left everyone wasting lots of time and dollars.
“Everybody was on the set Friday, waiting. Robin didn’t call or nothing! His camp checked in and told the BET staff, “Keep the money because Robin is not doing the show anymore,” a source tells HSK.
Robin may have expressed a few negative sentiments about the show as well, allegedly stating it has hurt his brand, and he doesn’t believe his fans watch BET. Uh – did he think it was going to be on a prime time network? This is a complete 180 from the Robin that we perceived hi to be. How could such a patient man (especially with Kevin cracking jokes on him and trying to steal his wife) who does zen-like yoga poses be such a diva? Or maybe he’s worried Kevin’s really trying to push up on his woman.
There may or may not be another side to this random puzzle as New York morning show, The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show (don’t forget K. Foxx) let this cat out the bag this AM, saying that Robin and Kevin might have exchanged a few words, with Thicke walking out to never return.
So what say you Real Husbands of Hollywood lovers? Are we lost without Robin Thicke, or can we live without him? Even if he wants to leave the show, there are better ways than not showing up – and it looks like BET is ready to teach him a lesson with a reported $100,000 lawsuit for monies wasted due to his antics. I guess he gon’ learn today! Or else all the gullible blogs who pick this up as a real story will have gotten got by this reality parody…(shudders)
It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether or not Kordell, Peter, Todd and Apollo genuinely like Kenya Moore’s ex-boyfriend Walter Jackson or if they just love to be entertained by the spectacle that he and Kenya continue to make of themselves. During this week’s episode, Walter makes an appearance at Kandi’s housewarming, where Kenya was also present. While Kandi tried to calmly inform Kenya that Walter was in attendance, the former Miss USA stormed away. In her most recent blog post, entitled Kandi’s Housewarming Trap, Moore discussed how she believes Kandi was fully aware that Walter would be there and called out the husbands of her co-stars for finding amusement in her drama. An excerpt from her post reads:
“SALIVATING AT THE MOUTH
I find it interesting that Peter, Apollo, and Kordell act like catty little women more than their wives. Is that even possible? I am choosing my words carefully but they act like little (rhymes with witches). They were all salivating at the mouth to listen to my spiteful, dateless ex hurl pitiful and juvenile comments aimed to insult and degrade me after seeing how fabulous I looked at the event with my famous friend. I twirled in looking Gone with the Wind Fabulous. I felt incredible that night, and after seeing how dumb and trite a 46-year-old-mid-life-crisis-having ‘man’ can act, I also clearly mitigated my damages by dodging a bullet in the relationship department.
My ex may have been invited by Peter, but he knew full-well cameras would be present and yet he showed up anyway after I asked him not to attend any functions where he knew I would be. Atlanta may be small, but when you are a fame Slore riding off the coattails of someone else’s celebrity, you seek out any moment you can to get your 15 minutes. The same is true for Kandi’s housewarming. I adore Kandi, but she knew he would be there and it was obviously a trap to get me to get into some big drama-filled spectacle of a blow out with my ex. Phaedra, Apollo, and Peter all conspired to purposely make me feel uncomfortable, threatened, and embarrassed, so I immediately left. No one puts Baby in the corner!”
No one likes to be dragged through the mud, and what Walter said to the guys about Kenya was pretty humiliating. But is she beefing with the wrong people or did Peter, Apollo and Kordell earn that tongue-lashing?
Check out a video of the guys getting the scoop on Kenya below. If you’re in the dark about what a “mitch” is, turn the page so Kevin Hart can tell you.
Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe has been a hottie since his early modeling days, back when he was gyrating in TLC videos (“Red Light Special”) and showing up to look good for Faith Evans “(“Never Let Go”). But since then, he’s proven himself to be more than a pretty face. Kodjoe has established himself as a pretty good actor, a businessman and even a funny man thanks to his time on The Real Husbands of Hollywood. If that’s not enough, he’s also a great dad. Say what you want about Kodjoe’s personality (after seeing him in person and reading about past Twitter comments, yeah, he can be a bit…stank), but no one can deny that this guy is one delicious looking brother, and we’re talking delicious in one of his suits, or bare-chested and shiny. Click on through and you’ll see what we mean!
By all accounts, this should be called The KEvin Hart Show but we digress.
After debuting with a whopping 4.1 million viewers and knocking out the competition in its time slot in January, BET has decided to renew “the fakest reality show ever,” The Real Husbands of Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
BET’s president of music programming and specials Stephen G. Hill sounds beyound thrilled:
“When we launched this series in January, we knew our audience would have as much fun watching it as we had making it, and since it has been on the air, fans have voiced on social media that they want more. So this was a pretty simple decision: ‘Hey! Let’s make more! We are beyond thrilled that Kevin Hart and the stellar Husbands will be back bickering and back-biting, for another season on BET.”
The show, co-created and starring Kevin Hart (the other creator is comedian Chris Spencer), will have a 12 episode season when it returns. The other Husbands, including Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke, Duane Martin and Boris Kodjoe, are all slated to return when the show begins filming again.
Most of these stars stay busy in other aspects of their professional careers so it no doubt a good time when they can create a “fake” reality show and pretty much just be silly.
Do you watch The Real Husbands of Hollywood? What do you think of the show?
Is BET Finally Winning? ‘Real Husbands Of Hollywood’ And ‘Second Generation Wayans’ Top Cable Ratings
This past Tuesday, BET premiered the highly anticipated scripted series Real Husbands of Hollywood along with Second Generation Wayans. Many were skeptical as to how these shows would perform for the network, considering how difficult it has been in the past to predict the success of BET’s scripted shows. However, it was pleasantly surprising to learn this morning that the two new additions to the BET lineup slaughtered their competition when it came to ratings Tuesday night.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Real Husbands of Hollywood, starring Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe, Robin Thicke, Dwayne Martin and J.B. Smoove topped all shows that aired during the 10 pm hour on cable television. The show’s debut episode is said to have pulled 4.1 million viewers. The sitcom was number one among all cable and network broadcasts falling within the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.1 rating. The show’s encore, which aired at 11 pm excelled as well, bringing in 2.3 million viewers.
The husbands of Hollywood aren’t the only fellas reported to be topping the charts. It appears that Second Generation Wayans starring Damien Dante Wayans, Craig Wayans, Tatyanna Ali and George O. Gore II also performed superbly in its premiere night. The sitcom is said to have garnered 3.7 million viewers during its 10:30 pm premiere and received a rating of 1.7 among the 18-49 demographic. The 11:30 pm showing pulled an additional 1.4 million viewers.
Real Husbands of Hollywood currently reigns as the number one debut cable sitcom of the season and Second Generation Wayans comes in at number two.
Among adults 18-34, RHOH had the third best cable debut of all time.
It’s great to see that BET’s new shows are performing so well and that they are being supported.
Did you check out either of these shows this past Tuesday? What did you think?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
It seems like everything good on TV today is a reality show and that trend is far from over. The good news is bottle throwing and name calling has mostly become passe and there are at least a few decent shows being added to the mix. Here are 15 shows of that variety that you can tune into next year — and a couple suspect ones that you’ll probably want to avoid.