Tiffany Haddish looked on the bright side during her Christmas set at the Laugh Factory, shedding light on her Thanksgiving weekend arrest and the Beverly Hills jail she was locked up in.
The comedian, who was arrested Nov. 24 after being found asleep at the wheel, was charged earlier this month with two misdemeanors: one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of driving with at minus 0.08% blood. alcohol level. She pleaded not guilty to both charges at her Dec. 20 arraignment.
“I know you’ll be fine, I’ve been through a lot worse than this,” she joked on stage at the Monday night party at the comedy club, according to footage obtained by TMZ. “I’m sorry but you didn’t live to see you get arrested in Beverly Hills. It is beautiful over there. I’ve been in quite a few prisons… and if you want to do something, I tell you to get arrested there because this prison is Good.»
The 44-year-old was full of praise for the detention center in this iconic enclave, particularly its cleanliness and the way she was offered food and juice. She also shared that she started her menstrual cycle in prison that day and revealed that “they had the best maxi pads”, joking that they were so big she could use an extra one as a pillow.
“I did it. I took a nap. It was beautiful, mm-hmm, it was a wonderful experience,” she said.
Ahead of the event, the “Girls Trip” and “Haunted Mansion” star reflected on the arrest and charges, speaking candidly about what she learned from the ordeal during a radio interview Friday , while giving an update on her Christmas Day performance at the 44th Laugh Factory Free Christmas Feast. and comedy show. As she explained, she hands out free meals and performs at community celebrations out of duty and necessity, but she said her involvement ultimately puts a strain on her.
“I’m not perfect. I’m a human being,” she said on Los Angeles news radio station KNX. “And I’ve done my research on that. Every year, a million of people in America are charged with drunk driving. And what did I realize? I have to go to bed. I can’t help everyone. OKAY. I can’t show up and save the people, because I’m tired.
“I also learned that everyone thinks I’m super rich and they forget that I’m a black woman working in this business,” she added. “And they think people want to work during the holidays. And that’s not the case. The driver doesn’t want to drive on vacation and he certainly doesn’t want to drive me to go help someone else. They don’t go there,” she said. (Haddish was arrested on Thanksgiving after serving meals at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and performing a set at the historic comedy club.)
His remarks follow “Empire” and “The Color Purple” star Taraji P. Henson making headlines and gaining widespread support from other Black artists after speaking out about pay disparity at Hollywood.
Although Haddish has previously joked about her run-ins with law enforcement in California and Georgia, she said she’s “doing really well” and dealing with underlying issues in therapy.
“I took care of myself. I’ve been in therapy since I was 16, and the therapist and I definitely talked about it. And I learned that I have to have boundaries — with you, with anyone, especially with my friends and family, I have to have boundaries,” she said.
“I think because I grew up in foster care, because I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up, I didn’t have a support system – I try to introduce myself to others and I have to understand a lot. (won’t) come for me. Although they showed up at the jail when I was coming out, they were all standing there in the lobby, of course.
The Emmy and Grammy-winning actress said people were shocked she was still performing at Laugh Factory community events, which she recalled attending as a “homeless person” at the end from the 1990s.
“People think that once you reach a certain level of notoriety, you don’t show up anymore. I notice a lot of celebrities don’t show up anymore. …A lot of those people who were there – those comedians, those artists – don’t come anymore. I never wanted to be that person who doesn’t show up anymore,” she explained.
However, given how her arrest has played out around the world, Haddish said this could be her last year performing at these events.
“Maybe I should stop showing up. I’m going to run this year, but next year it might not be the case because I’m famous, famous,” she said. “A lot of other famous people have DUIs. drunk, you never see them on the news, and I was on the Korean news, girl. I didn’t know I crossed over. I didn’t know I had a crossover. I said, ‘ Wow, I’m a famous white girl with black girl problems.’
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