It was only a few weeks ago that Tiffany Haddish realized the true extent of her fame.
The comedian received considerable attention for an uneven New Year’s Eve stand-up performance in Miami, during which she forget some of her material, and she says she learned something about herself that night.
“What I learned from New Year’s Eve is that I’m actually famous. I didn’t realize that. I just thought I was popular,” Haddish told the Daily News while promoting her new film, “The Lego Movie 2.”
“When I walked out on stage that night, and how there was like over 2,000 cell phone lights, all those camera lights,” she continued. “I’m like, ‘They’re trying to take all my intellectual property. All these people are stealing. I don’t know if I want to give this up right now.’ And then I just knew … just ‘cause the way that the vibe was in the room, like, this is going to end up on the internet. But I didn’t think it would be on the internet for that many days, or covered that much. … I’m actually famous now. I’m famous. It’s a crazy way to figure that out, but it’s a great thing to know.”
Haddish, 39, has emerged as a major star in recent years, thanks in part to recent comedy flicks including “Girls Trip,” “Uncle Drew,” “Night School” and “Nobody’s Fool.”
The actress says she’d be interested in hosting the Oscars in the future, but not this year. Days after the interview with Haddish, it was confirmed the award show will go without a host this year after Kevin Hart stepped down amid controversy.
“Definitely not this year because I would need time to prepare,” said Haddish, who presented an award at last year’s show. “In the future, I would love to as long as I had the proper amount of time to prepare and I’ve been to the event at least twice. I think it’s important to attend something before you host it, unless it’s the very first time that it’s ever happened. I definitely will go this year and see how it goes without a host, unless I’m working on another project. I went last year and I had a blast.
“I don’t know if I would want the stress of hosting just yet,” Haddish continued. “Maybe in like another year or two when my workload slows down.”
Haddish stars in “The Lego Movie 2” — which premieres Friday — as Queen Whatevra Wa’Nabi, the shape-shifting leader of the Systar System.
She was thrilled to join the cast after being a fan of the first “Lego Movie.”