Tiffany Haddish did not come to play. The actress and comedienne, who has become a household name over the last year, took to Borgata’s Music Box theater for two sold-out shows on March 9. Tickets to Haddish’s sets quickly became one of the hottest finds in Atlantic City, and for good reason. To use the title from her national tour, “she ready.”
Haddish, who was the first black female to ever host Saturday Night Live, has made the rounds over the last twelve months, from her two appearances on The Ellen Show (one where she was surprised by Oprah) to being a celebrity presenter at this year’s Academy Awards. However, she hasn’t forgotten her humble beginnings. In fact, before her performances at Borgata, Haddish took part in a VIP meet-and-greet fundraiser to benefit CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, where she raised $5,000 to purchase luggage for foster youth. When she was just nine years old, Haddish’s mother suffered brain damage due to a catastrophic car accident. Several years later, Haddish and her siblings were split up and sent to separate foster homes. She vividly remembers having to carry her belongings in trash bags from home to home, and never wants another foster child to suffer that kind of indignity.
Even when Haddish took to the stage, she made it clear that she was grateful for the sold-out audiences who supported her at Borgata. No topic was off-limits, including some juicy gossip about Monique, meeting Meryl Streep and Warren Beatty at the Oscars, and partying all night with Beyoncé. She also showed she was not one to cross as her imagination runs wild about ways to get revenge on others. For instance, she’s often dreamed of stuffing an ex’s bed with centipedes wearing little high heels after he cheated on Haddish with a woman with long legs.
At the end of her act, Haddish appeared visibly teary-eyed as she thanked the bountiful audience. Her parting gift? A spoken word piece, wishing the “curse of happiness” on the entire audience. If the standing ovation was any indicator, the crowd didn’t have to look to far to find a reason to be happy.