Tiffany Haddish was a class-act at the Emmys, from her gorgeous gown to her backstage comments on fellow comic and recent critic Katt Williams.
The “Night School” actress won an Emmy for guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live” and presented at the 70th annual Emmy Awards Monday night in a custom dress representing her Eritrean heritage.
“I wanted to wear something that represents my father’s county but still has, you know, an American feel to it. Something that feels stylish and fashionable but pays homage to my heritage. So this actually is the same colors as the Eritrean flag,” she said of her dress in the backstage press room.
When asked to respond to recent comments Williams made on a radio show that questioned her comedy pedigree, Haddish said she had a policy against “absorbing” any negativity.
“I love everybody. I treat everybody with kindness and respect, and I expect the same thing. If you can’t do it, then I don’t need to acknowledge,” she said.
Haddish, 38, was the first African American female stand-up comic to ever host “SNL,” and she said the milestone shocked her.
“I was super surprised,” she said backstage.
“I was doing my research and wanted to ask advice from other women who had done it, and I was looking for the female comics who had done it that I could relate to, and I couldn’t find any. And I even called Whoopi Goldberg and was like, ‘Okay, so tell me what it’s like.’ And she was like, ‘B---h, you’re the first.’ I was like, ‘What?’ So, that was super cool,” she said.
“It was hard at first,” she said of the experience. “I came in with all these ideas, but this is a machine that’s been happening. And I had to let go and let them guide me. And I just made sure my monologue was on point, because I’m a standup comedian first, and I needed to make sure that was the main thing, and I did that.”