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Comedian, Actress Tiffany Haddish says social worker put her on path to fame

Tiffany Haddish stars as  boisterous but warm-hearted Dina in "Girls Trip." Photo courtesy of NBC News.

Tiffany Haddish stars as boisterous but warm-hearted Dina in “Girls Trip.” Photo courtesy of NBC.

Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish is on top of the world.

She is the breakout star in the comedy hit “Girls Trip,” which follows the antics of a group of long-time friends who travel to New Orleans for the Essence music festival.  And she will star in a one-woman comedy show on Showtime on August 18.

Film poster

Film poster

But life has not always been so sweet for Haddish, 37, who grew up in Los Angeles.

Her mother suffered a brain injury in a car accident, forcing a 9-year-old Haddish to care for her mother and four younger siblings. Later her mother developed a mental illness and Haddish and her siblings were placed in foster care.

Haddish had difficulty fitting in at her new middle school and acted out. A social worker who noticed she was the class clown gave her two options — attend a Laugh Factory Comedy Camp or go into psychiatric therapy.

Haddish chose the first option and soon found out that comedy and acting was where she fit in. In camp she worked with comedians Richard Pryor, Dane Cook, and Charles Fleischer.

“Going to that comedy camp and having all those men tell me, ‘You’re beautiful. You’re smart. You’re talented.’ Like, for somebody to tell me that, even if they didn’t believe it or mean it, it was enough,” she said in this article in People Magazine. “It was enough to light a fire.”

Update: Tiffany Haddish became the first African American woman stand up comic to host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 11. She earned rave reviews. To close out the show Tiffany thanked all the folks who helped her, including her grandmother and “my social worker who got me into comedy.”

Social workers help people overcome life’s challenges so they can live up to their full potential. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” website.


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  1. Love Tiffany Haddish!! Want to see her live. She’s amazing!


  3. She was Amazing in Girl Trip come Greensboro comdy zone

  4. Social Workers are changing lives all over the world! I encourage all Social Workers to continue the legacy of helping people reach their full potential.

  5. Proud to be a Social Worker . She made thé movie Girl Trip.
    Best of Luck to her

  6. Social Workers are changing the lives of so many people and the best is yet to come!

  7. I wish nothing but the best for Tiffany!! She is so talented and amazing. Hope this is just the beginning of a great career!!!

  8. Tiffany Haddish I am so happy for you. I love to see people succeed!

  9. I am interested in finding my purpose as a Social Worker, I have a passion to help young people but they are so angry and uncaring. How do we help them?

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