The last black unicorn / Tiffany Haddish.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Gallery books hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Stand-up comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles. Her mother wound up with a debilitating brain injury after surviving a car accident. Tiffany never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system, and certainly not the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive. After a multitude of jobs, she finally realized that she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. Tiffany faced the 'routine' hindrances of climbing the entertainment business ladder, but had the added obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way. But she got there. She's humble, grateful, down to earth, and funny as hell. She still cleans the toilet the way she was shown by a foster mom who worked as a maid, and she still rolls her joints the way one of her foster dads taught her. The Last Black Unicorn is a memoir of the struggles of a woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter. -- Publisher description.
    • Content Notes:
      Invitation -- Mascots and Bar Mitzvahs: High school years -- Laugh Factory Comedy Camp -- Family and foster care -- Titus the boyfriend -- The pimp gets pimped -- Roscoe the handicapped angel -- How I got (restarted) in comedy -- Dating -- The ex-husband -- The long road to comedy success -- Tiffany's true Hollywood stories -- She ready.
    • ISBN:
      9781501181825
      1501181823
      9781501181832
      1501181831
    • Accession Number:
      2017038059
    • Accession Number:
      ocn983269684
      983269684
    • Accession Number:
      lcc.ocn983269684

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2017 July #1

Known to fans for her work on NBC's The Carmichael Show and in the feature film Girls Trip, Haddish recalls a tougher-than-tough upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, where she circulated through foster care after her mother sustained a serious brain injury and tried to cope at a nearly all-white school as a ninth grader who didn't know how to read. Now she has her first Showtime stand-up comedy special, She Ready, in the fall.

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LJ Reviews 2017 December #1

Comedian Haddish was not born to a life of laughs. After an accident her stepfather later confessed to staging, her mother experienced severe brain damage and wild mood swings. Placed in the foster care system as a teen, and struggling to read at a basic level in ninth grade, Haddish found that humor and jokes helped her endure. When offered a choice between the Laugh Factory comedy camp or counseling to help recover from issues within the foster system, she chose the former and found her calling. In her first book, Haddish recounts her early life straight through to her powerhouse success both on the comedy circuit and in Hollywood with the 2017 film Girls Trip. She spares nothing in this no-holds-barred account, from laughable accounts of failed pimps for boyfriends and taking Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on a swamp tour to graphic descriptions of a memorable one-weekend stand to unfiltered honesty on her struggle as a domestic abuse survivor. With an informal and conversational style, Haddish directly addresses readers, dares to be herself, and says, "You can't fake funny." VERDICT A bawdy, laugh-out-loud tell-all with a liberal dose of heart.—Stacy Shaw, Orange, CA

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