Comedian Tiffany Haddish does stand-up routine at UK


The University of Kentucky Student Activities Board hosts a performance by comedian Tiffany Haddish on Monday, March 26, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Allie King

Student Activities Board brought actress, author and comedian Tiffany Haddish to campus Monday night.

UK SAB announced on March 6 that Haddish would be the spring comedian this year, and tickets went on sale the following day.

“We gave the students a variety of choices with a survey, which led us to choose Tiffany,” said Siera Arena, SAB’s director of pop culture.

Aside from Haddish’s stand-up comedy routines, she has acted in “Girls Trip,” “Keanu” and “The Carmichael Show.” She worked alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Jordan Peele and many more.

“We are only three months in and this year has been the most amazing year of my life,” said Haddish, when speaking about her most recent endeavors.

Haddish broke records by being the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live.

“The Last Black Unicorn” is Tifanny Haddish’s memoir. This book tells Haddish’s personal stories about growing up in foster care and finding her way to Hollywood, with a funny twist.

After presenting at the Oscars, Haddish is set to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards in June.

During her stand-up routine, Haddish touched on many desired subjects: Oscars, Oprah, filming, her heritage and many more. Along with these, Haddish didn’t fail to mention the news of the day.

The morning prior to her show at UK, Haddish hit the news with a story of Beyoncé being bitten at one of her parties. Haddish told this story while still withholding the name of the biter. When audience members playfully demanded a name, Haddish refused but still managed to pull a laugh from the crowd while doing so.

Haddish was accompanied by two opening acts: Marlo Williams, a comedian and actress, and Chris Spencer, executive producer of “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” 

The show was sold out before the night of the event. SAB gave away two final tickets the morning of, based on a social media promotion.

“I woke up to free tickets to see my favorite actress. I saw her movie in theaters twice. This is the best day,” said Ronni Trisko, recipient of the ticket giveaway.

Haddish, along with Williams and Spencer, made Monday a bit easier for students by giving them a great night of laughs.

SAB has brought many celebrities to campus in the past as speakers, comedians or performers. Some of these include Nyle Dimarco, Jenna Marbles, Viola Davis, John Mulaney, Lil Dicky and Anderson Cooper. These events are open to the public. However, students can buy tickets at discounted prices.