Tiffany Haddish rang in her 40th birthday Tuesday night by celebrating her black and Jewish heritage with a star-studded “Black Mitzvah” party.
One of Haddish’s famous friends, Barbra Streisand, was noticeably absent from the festivities, but sent the comedian a special memento for the occasion.
“She got me this beautiful Star of David,” Haddish told Variety, pointing to the delicate gold necklace she wore on the carpet. “I just got it like an hour and a half ago. She had it delivered here and it’s wonderful.”
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) December 3, 2019
But Haddish had another present in mind. “I just want everybody around me to be joyful and happy…and maybe a date with Giancarlo Stanton, No. 27 from the New York Yankees.”
The comedian leaned into making the celebration authentic, hosting the party at a ballroom in the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills. Haddish also handed out “Black Mitzvah”-labeled satin yarmulkes and participated in a private bat mitzvah ceremony before strutting the red carpet in a custom Walter Collection gown (outfitted by stylist Law Roach). Haddish made a grand entrance into the party to her rendition of “Hava Nagila” and even danced the Hora with her guests.
In celebrating her heritage, Haddish told Variety, “It’s very special because as black people, when we were brought here to America, a lot of our heritage was stripped from us.”
“Being able to do my DNA test and find out who I really am, I feel like it’s very important to share that with the world, so we can all start digging and find out who we are and start having some honor and pride in ourselves. It will help everybody because you start to realize we are all the same. We are not that different.”
The party’s guest list included “Black Mitzvah” executive producer Wanda Sykes, Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Handler, Charlamagne tha God, JB Smoove and Entertainment Studios founder and media mogul Byron Allen. Fellow comics Billy Crystal, Kevin Nealon and Sarah Silverman joined Haddish and her family for the private bat mitzvah.
“I love Tiffany so much, and to have my sister [Susan Silverman] be the rabbi was like, I couldn’t believe it. It’s so funny. They took pictures on the red carpet before and everything. And she’s here from Jerusalem,” Silverman told Variety, noting that though she’s Jewish, she was raised atheist and never had her own bat mitzvah. “We’re from New Hampshire. We didn’t have this New York or L.A. experience of going to kids’ bar mitzvahs. I didn’t know Jewish people ’til I moved to New York.”
Nealon, who has known Haddish since she was honing her craft at the Laugh Factory, called the ceremony “very moving” and “grounded.”
“It was unlike anything I’ve seen before,” he said. “I’ve been at bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, [but] I saw in her face so much love coming from her and so much gratefulness for everything that she’s gotten in her life now.”
Haddish’s comedy special “Black Mitzvah” is now streaming on Netflix.