June 26, 2019 | 82° F

Tiffany Haddish brings humor, knowledge from SNL set to Rutgers Multipurpose Room


Fresh from her uber casual stint as the first black female stand-up comedian to host NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" this past Saturday, Tiffany Haddish took the stage in the Multipurpose Room of the Busch Student Center, all set to give Rutgers students a crisp breath of comedy. 

Haddish is not only well-known for her role in hit comedy “Girls Trip,” she also starred in “Keanu” and a critically-acclaimed series you might know, “The Carmichael Show.” She just announced her upcoming nationwide tour, “She Ready!” It is no exaggeration that this breakout comedienne is taking the comedy scene by storm. 

Before Haddish’s hot factor showed to the audience, the RUPA-hosted event began with a brilliant opening performance by Na’im Lynn. Lynn, a Comedy Central-featured comedian, warmed up the piled room and charismatically poked fun about the college experience in jokes the audience loved.

Patient wristband-clad students had to wait hours in a snake-shaped line around the student center but got the show that they’d been promised from the second it began. 

When Haddish made her way to the stage, an undeniable sense of exhilaration found its way into the room with the start of the music, lights and her killer stage presence. She greeted the buzzing crowd of students, all of them on their feet.

As soon as her act began, students were treated to a comedic journey, equally as hilarious as it was educational. She shared her wisdom on a variety of topics with the crowd in tidbits she called “Tiff tips.”

Her pieces of advice ranged from career advice to love advice to sex advice and tips to deal with haters. Haddish slayed the stage for more than an hour and kept taking questions from anyone who asked. There was a back-and-forth discussion about Taylor Swift, a sugar daddy discussion and a grotesque ex-boyfriend revenge story. For the rising comedienne, there were no limits.

Haddish’s performance was open-ended, effortless and natural. She engaged the audience personally and made them a collective friend in her performance. And the outcome was an absolutely hilarious show. She made audience-goers laugh at everything — even when they disagreed with her defense of Taylor Swift. 

As the show came to a close, Haddish bestowed a curse upon the audience, a curse of happiness, which, of course, made everyone laugh. 

After the show, Haddish collected donated suitcases for foster youth to aid in their transitions from family to family. Haddish does this collection after every show because she was a foster child, and in her experiences going from home to home, she only had a trash bag to carry her belongings in. Haddish said this made her feel like she was being thrown out with the trash, which she doesn’t want any other foster child to feel. 

Her childhood experiences often make their way into her comedy sets, telling the story of her resilence. 

In her Showtime stand up special, “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood,” she said, “The state of California paid so much money to make sure I don’t die ‘cause they knew I was gonna be special ... They knew it. They was like, ‘This one right here, she gonna be a unicorn.’ And they was right. I’m the last black unicorn, bitch!” according to The Atlantic. 

The theme of her persistence also continues in her career anecdotes as a black woman in the entertainment industry. According to The Atlantic, a few years ago, Haddish, ironically, brought up how "Saturday Night Live" doesn't include black women in its cast.

But Haddish is a go-getter and a funny one at that. Ready to call out boundaries and then break them with her trademark energy, efforts and deliciously funny stand-up work, there is no doubt that Haddish has the strength to make her place in the comedy scene. 

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