Tiffany Haddish Is Far More Than a Stand-Up
This summer, Tiffany Haddish changed the tune of her singsong voice. Even perceptible in a couple of episodes as Tuca, her cartoon alter ego from Tuca & Bertie (Haddish’s Adult Swim collaboration with fellow comedian Ali Wong and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt), this switch in tenor was the acoustic signal that not only Tuca but Haddish herself was evolving. Haddish, whose career flourished over the past decade, first as a stand-up and later as necessary billing for any ensemble-cast farces, is now sharing the headline with Oscar Isaac as his love interest and boss in Paul Schrader’s anticipated new poker drama, The Card Counter. The trend continues in her upcoming flick, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022), with Nicolas Cage—who she plays straight too. Here, on the occasion of The Card Counter’s release at the Venice Film Biennale, Haddish discusses the pivot with friend and director Schrader, in addition to why gardening is great, paying extra for rehearsal is always worth it and making movies is just like playing pretend.