Tiffany Haddish is one of the most well-known comedians and entertainers in Hollywood, with features in projects such as Girls Trip, Night School, Uncle Drew, and Like a Boss.
However, according to her, she might not have selected her current professional if it wasn’t for a court order in 1997. According to The Champs audio podcast, the judge gave Haddish a request to attend psychiatric therapy or the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp.
She elected to attend the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp, where she said she learned from legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, Dane Cook, and Charles Fleischer.
“Once I went to the comedy camp, men like Richard Pryor, Dane Cook, Charles Fleischer, the Wayans, all these great comedians were telling me, ‘You’re beautiful. You’re talented. You’re smart,'” she said. “This was the first time I ever heard these things and didn’t feel like something bad was going to happen. It started to grow. It was like a seed planted in me, and it started to grow into this thing of, ‘I am beautiful. I don’t have to be afraid of being silly or dressing crazy, or not having the best stuff or whatever. Because I’m smart, I’m this, I’m that.”
During the hour and some change conversation, Haddish was asked when she knew she wanted to be a comedian.
“I knew that I wanted to be a comedian at the age of sixteen, and I got my first big break at 34 years old,” said Haddish.
“I never gave up. When n**** were trying to make me give up they were telling me you are pretty you should go get pregnant by a rich man and all the stuff they were saying. I never listened and now I make more money than all of them.”
She was also asked whether there was a time when she was told that she wasn’t cut out for comedy.
“Every f**** day. Everyvtime I did comedy until like 2004, I was told I wasn’t made for it and not built for this. This ain’t your lane you a pretty girl just be a pretty girl. They kept telling me that. So, many comedians told me that and those same comedians ask me for jobs to this day. “
She added, “I didn’t take it personally. I took it as I’m not having sex with them; that’s why they were saying it to me. So, I never took it personally; I always took it as I’m not opening my legs. Like many female comedians would sleep with other comics, think that was going to get them on, and there’s so many that lose their souls. I didn’t sleep with a lot of them. I only f**** the ones I wanted to f*** period. And they don’t even talk about it because they know I succeed past them. So, it would make them look like the h**. But they are asking for employment and have to stay focused. There’s going to be a lot of people who tell you, can’t you are not good enough. Comedy is my everything! Stand up comedy is my foundation. The movies, the campaign as that stuff is great, but that doesn’t make me happy. What makes me happy is being able on that stage and share my thoughts.”
Haddish also recently partnered with a virtual reality, fitness app called ‘Supernatural,’ as a guest fitness coach, according to Black Enterprise.”
“I became addicted to Supernatural last year,” says Haddish. “I’ve never felt so powerful or had so much fun working out. I can travel the world from my living room, move to music I love, and feel like a superhero every day. My mission in life is to spread joy and empower people, and, as a Supernatural Guest Coach, I get to spread that goodness in a way that also gets people sweating and smiling as they get a great workout”.”