Hot Comedy: Tiffany Haddish
Comedy has always been a coping mechanism for Tiffany Haddish, whose South Central L.A. childhood went from "pretty normal" to decidedly not so after her mother suffered brain damage in a car accident. Then nine, she was charged with taking care of her mom and four siblings, before the kids landed in foster care. By high school, Haddish was acting in plays, typically cast as "the maid or the monkey or something funny. My social worker was like, 'You got two choices: You can go to Laugh Factory Comedy Camp or you can go to psychiatric therapy, because something is wrong with you, child.' "
It was in the parking lot of the Laugh Factory in Hollywood a decade later that Kevin Hart noticed that Haddish was living out of her car, gave her $300 to get a hotel room, and told her to write out her life goals, which included "Find a place to live, work with Kevin Hart, and work with Jada Pinkett Smith."
All of which Haddish has since managed to accomplish
as her career has snowballed from bit TV parts to this summer's Girls Trip.
Her raunchy, riotous stand-up sets riff on race, class and shitting in
ex's shoes, and she went viral after telling Jimmy Kimmel how she took Will
Smith and Jada on a Louisiana swamp tour with tickets purchased via Groupon. As
for wrapping up that wish list? "I'm not pregnant by Leonardo DiCaprio
yet," Haddish says. "But who knows what could happen." A.M.