If you've seen Girls Trip, you already know that actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish is magnetic, hilarious, and utterly relatable. But when she's not acting, she's also a brilliant storyteller — as evidenced by her appearance earlier this year on Jimmy Kimmel Live, when she told the hysterical story about the time she accidentally went on a Groupon Cajun swamp tour with Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. (You owe it to yourself to watch the video immediately, even if you've already seen it.) Watching video, which has racked up over two million views on YouTube, will give you a small taste of what it feels like to listen to the audiobook version of her new memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.
OK, so this memoir is laugh-out-loud funny on paper, but unsurprisingly, it's even more entertaining when read by Tiffany Haddish herself. The book, out Dec. 5 from Simon & Schuster, is a collection of unflinchingly honest essays about the actress's life — from her childhood growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles to her days as an in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype girl to her experience as one of Hollywood's leading female comedians. Tiffany Haddish is the woman you always wished was your best friend — the person who can't stop your tears, but only because she makes you laugh so hard you start crying all over again. Deeply personal and explosively propulsive, her memoir is the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list who could use an afternoon away from the world.
OK, so now that I've convinced you to buy it, I have a special surprise: Bustle is proud to reveal an excerpt from the audiobook. In the clip below, Tiffany Haddish reads a passage from her book about the time she partied with Mary J. Blige at Queen Latifah's house and ended up making an unexpected new friend in the process.
Yes, you read that correctly.
As Haddish explains over the course of the clip, Mary J. Blige turned out to be a much different person than she expected... and she even forced her to reconsider what she thought she knew about her favorite celebrities.
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish is available on audiobook from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold.