In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actress, comedian, and author — Tiffany Haddish. The thoughtful and hilarious conversation begins with talk about how both Tiffany and Talib met and became friends with Jasmin. Tiffany goes on to talk about being raised in South Central, she tells about her love of the movie “Roger Rabbit” and reveals the line from the film that changed her life.
She also reflects on her harsh upbringing with her mother suffering a serious brain injury due to a car accident that her stepfather caused. Tiffany talks about using comedy as a coping mechanism to get through hard times, explains how she’s been helping push the industry to establish more positive black narratives in film, and speaks on her work in the documentary “Lost In America” bringing awareness to youth homelessness, a cause close to her heart, herself being homeless at one time. Tiffany is also asked how she commands such a strong presence in her performances, if she enjoys the competitive side of comedy, and what it was like working with Ice Cube and Mike Epps in “Janky Promoters”.
Later Tiffany reflects on her love of hip hop since her youth. She lists off some of her favorite artists that she listened to growing up, and she asks what ever happened to Canibus. Tiffany also shares some valuable lessons learned from Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier while working on the sitcom “The Carmichael Show”, she tells how she got casted in Eric Andre’s prank movie “Bad Trip”, as well as getting her breakout role in “Girls Trip”, and details how that came about from her starring in “Keanu” alongside Method Man, who she became great friends with.
Tiffany also gets into her hosting SNL and tells why she’s glad she never landed a permanent spot on the show, she goes on to speak about her best selling book “The Last Black Unicorn” that tells her story of early struggles with reading, she talks about her voice-acting work, her Ethiopian Jewish heritage, owning mistakes in life, the people that gave her support on her way to the top, her role as C.J. Walker’s daughter in “Self Made”, idolizing track star Florence “FloJo” Joyner growing up, and answers how she’s been handling quarantine life.