After her breakout role in Girls Trip, comedian Tiffany Haddish spent nearly two years as a Hollywood darling and warming the hearts of many. On New Year’s Eve, however, the comedian botched her stand-up performance in Miami.
The following morning, Haddish, 39, confessed to not being at her best. “Yes this happened. I wish it was better Miami,” she tweeted along with a report from The Root titled “Tiffany Haddish Bombs, Drinks with Fans Instead.”
Yes this happened. I wish it was better Miami. I prayed on it and I have a strong feeling this will never happened again. Tiffany Haddish Bombs, Drinks with Fans Instead https://t.co/4QxPn0j0xc via @TheRoot
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) January 1, 2019
“I prayed on it and I have a strong feeling this will never happened again,” Haddish said.
According to the online magazine, the 39-year-old forgot some of her material and was booed by audience members.
Andrew Chestnut, a comedy show attendee, uploaded a video of himself heckling the comedian during her failing routine.
“I went to go see if @TiffanyHaddish was actually funny,” he captioned the clip. “I ended up doing this. Conclusion: She is not funny. Horrible show. In her defense, she said she was having a rough night.”
Chestnut claimed Haddish invited him on stage to tell jokes. The comedian also shared a bottle of vodka with the more understanding fans in the audience.
Several others also heavily criticized the Nobody’s Fool star for the misstep using the hashtag “#SheNotReady.” Many people pointed to Katt Williams’ assertion that Haddish has “not proven the ability to tell jokes back to back for an hour,” during an interview on Atlanta’s V-103 in September.
Despite the negative criticism comedians including Kathy Griffin and Damon Wayans Jr. said bombing was a part of a comic’s career and defended Haddish.
Cameras blow everything out of proportion. Having a bad set is part of being a comic. You’re dope 🙂
— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) January 1, 2019
This is the price of fame when you're a comic. I was so lucky that there wasn't a Snapchat/IG when I was starting out on my first big tour. No REAL comic never bombs.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 1, 2019
And this too shall pass. We all bomb baby. ThTs a part of the journey. Embrace it. The same shit you bombed with you’ll get standing ovations for later. Love you.
— marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) January 1, 2019
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