The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

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“An inspiring story that manages to be painful, honest, shocking, bawdy and hilarious.” —The New York Times Book Review

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501181849
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 32,527
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Tiffany Haddish is a comedian, actress, and producer who was the breakout star of the smash comedy Girls Trip, where she appeared as the scene-stealing “Dina” alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall. Her additional film and television work includes The Last O.G., Night School, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, and a turn as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Her debut stand-up special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood, debuted on Showtime in August 2017. In November 2017, she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Invitation vii

Mascots and Bar Mitzvahs: High School Years 1

Laugh Factory Comedy Camp 25

Family and Foster Care 37

Titus the Boyfriend 71

The Pimp Gets Pimped 99

Roscoe the Handicapped Angel 109

How I Got (Restarted) in Comedy 133

Dating 145

The Ex-Husband 161

The Long Road to Comedy Success 201

Tiffany's True Hollywood Stories 223

She Ready 253

Acknowledgments 277

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The Last Black Unicorn 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed, cried, and laughed till I cried as I read these accounts of Tiffany Haddish's life. What an amazing story she it! She lays all of these hurtful stories out but recounts them in such a witty manner. Tiffany Haddish is not only a master storyteller, but she is a survivor and an inspiration to those who are hindered by the heartache and pain life throws at them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fantastically, raw, honest, heartbreaking, empowering, authentic, hilarious book! It is so true to my vision of who this woman is, and I’m so grateful she allowed us into her heart and soul! Read it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She was awesome in girls trip, heard her interviews, and I had to read her story. I could not stop reading. It's a good thing I was stuck in the house because of the snow. So much I can relate to. Tiffany thanks for once again making me laugh, sorry you had to shed so many tears in your life, to do it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great so far. Its funyy, witty, and entertaining. I would reccomend this book. Tiffany Haddish has went through a lot. She's came a long way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the rawest truth and emotion that I’ve read in a while. I truly enjoyed it. I appreciate Tiffany’s honesty and transparency but most of all her strength, determination, and perseverance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tiffany's life story full of hilarity, pain, and triumpth. I'm such a fan now after learning about how she propelled herself to where she is now through sheer determination when all of the odds were against her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is such a beautiful soul and her story shines and shows the power in not letting the past define the rest of your life---
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True, honest, funny...get tissues for laugh out loud and crying. She is brilliant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You made me laugh you made me cry you made me mad I wanted to choke you then I just wanted to hold you and tell you it was going to be okay I absolutely love this book you bared your soul and for that I thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a easy, quick read. Had a handful of genuine laugh out loud moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved her book. She is hilarious and real. Can really relate to her struggle. Hope to meet her one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this when it first came out. Never got a chance to read it until today and I read the whole thing! I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am usually weary about books written by celebrities because, I feel if they were made to write, they’d be doing that as a career, right? ANYWAY!!! Tiffany Haddish, is my girl, and when I heard her book was good, I had to check for myself! I LOVED IT! It’s funny, sad, AND R E A L!!!! Definitely, a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book because it was real. We all have struggles and you just cheer when someone comes out the other side and is whole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She’s a great storyteller and is well-deserving of every good thing that has come her way!!! Love you Tiffany Haddish!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Last Black Unicorn had me gripped from start to finish. I found myself refreshingly surprised by the breadth of emotional territory Tiffany Haddish traversed throughout out this retelling of some of her life and career highlights — and lowlights. “Oh the places she’s been... and the crazy sh*t she’s seen”. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, not sure where on the spectrum of emotions the next passage was going to take me. Some of the stories here made me laugh so hard I cried (and check to see if anybody around me watching while praying I didn’t my pee pants)! She’s also masterful in sharing intimate details of some of the deep pain and sorrow she’s experienced which creates a window into her world, through her words, allowing us to feel as tough we were right there with her during the craziness of some of her awful days. The effect of her writing left me breathing — more like spitting —fire and wishing I hadn’t been born in the midwest with absolutely zero bad-ass skills. In my mind I was totally taking off my big hoop earrings more than once while reading this though. Most surprising, and what puts this on one of my favorite reads list, is Tiffany’s courage do dive deep with her range of expressing her emotional capacity in this piece. I tend to think that happy and angry are the sometimes the easier emotions to act out and talk about for some reason. To acknowledge grief and loneliness and fear and disappointment and regret to ourselves (let alone others) is often so hard. Tiffany took a huge, brave dive into the deep end, publicly exploring those emotions, thus giving lots of other women the courage, and a skeleton design of how to start, to do to the same for themselves. Finally, hidden within all of the “zero f*cks”, and “motherf*ckers”, are the words that bare witness to tender acts of kindness, dedication to family and a sense of old school values that are hard to find in people in nowadays — like never forgetting where your come from or the people who helped you get there. For all of these reasons and countless others, The Last Black Unicorn, by Tiffany Haddish is by far my favorite spring read of 2018.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her insane and amazing ups and downs are always twisting and turning leaving you laughing and crying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will have laughing on minute and crying the next. It is a must read. Everyone has a story and Tiffany shares her soul. Thank you Tiffany
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book! It was an interesting read with emotional content that Tiffany made funny. I enjoyed every page of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This girl is powerful and will be heard!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. So happy that after all of her bad experiences , she was able to succeed and appreciate the lessons learned. Thank you for making me laugh out loud Tiffany?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was fun to read! I couldn’t put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a powerful sense of humor she has! She certainly made a wonderful memoir out of her Dickensian beginnings. I hope she’ll write a film script one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed her book. Not everyone can make you laugh at their pain. I'm happy that you've made it big.