The star took part in the Jewish ceremony on Tuesday, going through the religious ritual in private followed by a star-studded party, with Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel and Billy Crystal in attendance.
Tiffany Haddish brought in her 40th birthday on Tuesday in a big way, celebrating both her new Netflix special Black Mitzvah while also throwing her own version of the coming-of-age Jewish ceremony.
The comedian took part in the reading of the biblical text and celebration a little later in life than a real bat mitzvah, going through the ritual of reading from the Hebrew biblical text in a private gathering of friends and family earlier in the day, followed by a star-studded, red-carpeted party, hosted by Netflix, that night at SLS Hotel.
Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Kimmel, Common, Charlamagne tha God, Kevin Nealon and Byron Allen were among the attendees, who danced in the hotel ballroom under a disco ball and golden decorations inside the private party, which Haddish entered to "Hava Nagila," the folk song traditionally sung at Jewish celebration.
The birthday girl arrived wearing a diamond Star of David necklace that she had "just gotten like an hour and a half ago" from friend Barbra Streisand, who had the gift delivered to the hotel after wishing Haddish a "Mazel Tov" on her bat mitzvah. Haddish joked that while for her special day she just wanted "everyone around me to be joyful and happy," she also hoped for "a date with Giancarlo Stanton, No. 27 from the New York Yankees," who later showed up at the party.
The comedian also spoke about the importance to her of exploring her heritage and religion through the comedy special, which aired that night, and birthday festivities, telling reporters that "as black people, when we were brought here to America a lot of our heritage was stripped from us, and me being able to do my DNA test and find out who I really am and what I am and learn more about my people and the heritage, I feel like it's very important to share that with the world," she said. "We can all start digging and find out who we are and what we are and start having some honor and pride in ourselves which will be contagious and live throughout history."
Silverman, who walked the red carpet with her sister and niece, revealed that her sister Susan, who is a Rabbi, led Haddish's bat mitzvah ceremony, of which she said, "I couldn't believe, it was so funny," throwing out her endorsement of the star's "amazing" new special.
Fellow friend Nealon — who said he has known Haddish for more than 20 years, when she would do gigs at LA comedy clubs while still being homeless — said that watching her go through the Jewish ritual "was really moving, she's so committed to it and I saw a real sense of belonging for her, where I think she didn't have that for a long time. This was kind of like making it official for her," while also celebrating her "energy, honesty and sense of humor."
The raunchy gal-pal comedy “Girls Trip” was a box-office coup for Universal Pictures in 2017, collecting more than $140 million worldwide and spawning meme after meme — including that scene about the many unorthodox functions of a grapefruit. While an official sequel has yet to get the greenlight, with talks of a follow-up dating back to early 2019, Tiffany Haddish recently gave a status update on a possible second film to The Huffington Post from the comforts of quarantine.
Haddish said that she and her co-stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith have been regularly keeping in touch about what shape “Girls Trip 2” could take. Haddish also added that Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the script for the first film with Kenya Barris, has a treatment ready to go.
“Then it was like, 'Oh, you guys want too much money,'” said Haddish, who broke big after “Girls Trip,” which reportedly earned her an $80,000 payday.
The five actresses had a two-hour Zoom meeting, Haddish said, last week to discuss making the sequel, and said that starting Friday, they’ll meet again to begin chipping away at the script.
“We might decide not to even make it 'Girls Trip,'” Haddish said. “Maybe we'll do a different story just in case no one wants to make 'Girls Trip 2.'”
Haddish currently stars in the recently released Netflix series “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” opposite Octavia Spencer, who plays the titular black hair care pioneer and mogul. While Netflix audiences binge that show during quarantine, Haddish said she’s doing plenty of marathon-watching of her own, including “Tiger King,” “Wild Wild Country,” “Locke & Key,” “I Love Lucy,” and “My Three Sons.”
Otherwise, she said, her shelter-in-place experience is just like everybody else’s. “I got Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime; I've got cable. I have a room that I've got to clean out. I have so many bills that are a year old that I just paid online,” she told HuffPo.
Haddish is also starring in the latest film from Paul Schrader, “The Card Counter,” whose production went on hiatus amid the coronavirus outbreak that has put virtually all of Hollywood on pause. Regarding Haddish, the fast-rising star who's become a favorite of many an auteur, including Paul Thomas Anderson, Schrader said in a recent interview, “I love Tiffany. I've never met her, but I was on the phone with her for an hour. She's a firecracker. It's like talking to a live-wire connection. She's very funny and, of course, she makes you funny. When someone's sharp, that makes you get sharp because you want to keep up. So...