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Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Review 2019 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: Tiffany Haddish
Stars: Tracey Ashley, Tiffany Haddish, April Macie
As much as we may tend to think of stand-up comedy as an isolating profession, the reality of the situation is that comedians who succeed tend to do so with a little help from their friends.
And when they hit it big, the really good ones remember to share that success with those who got them there. Think of it more as a living embodiment of JFK’s economic policy of a rising tide lifting all boats. Or if that’s too much of a stretch, just think of Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, or Amy Schumer presenting Comedy Central specials for her funny friends, or Kevin Hart not only hosting multiple stand-up showcases but also bringing his friends along for the ride to open for him and write for him on his arena tours.
Now comes Tiffany Haddish. Haddish became a comedy star two years ago with her breakout performance in Girls Trip. Her stand-up catchphrase on the come-up was “she ready.” But before she ready to release her own Netflix special, Haddish is willing to shine a spotlight on six of the women she has known since her earliest nights at the comedy clubs, giving each of them their own debut half-hours in Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready.
Each of the six episodes begins with testimonials from Haddish and the featured comedian praising each other.
Of the six, the first, Tracey Ashley, offers the most fully fleshed-out pitch for a sitcom based on her marriage to a white man and their life together in Indiana, where he’s a high-school teacher and football coach while she’s on the road most weekends.
Haddish says of her: “Here’s the thing about Tracey Ashley: She’s the only female comic that’s Black that I know that has done cruise ships, colleges, executive parties, bar mitzvahs — well, she ain’t do bar mitzvahs. I do the bar mitzvahs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did a mitzvah. She has done it all. If you didn’t know Tracey Ashley before, oh, you gonna know her now.”
Flame Monroe doesn’t really care if you call her a drag queen or transgender, so long as you find her funny. After 20 years in the business, Monroe (whose driver’s license still reads Marcus Parker, and uses both gender pronouns during the act, saying “I’m a single father of three”) reveals she was ready to quit comedy before Haddish came calling with this Netflix offer. “She just always made me feel like I belonged,” Monroe says of Haddish.
Haddish says of Monroe: “Flame is one of my favorite comedians. I think that Flame is brave, funny, fiery, inspiring, joyous. I love me some Flame Monroe, and I know you do, too.”
If Ashley’s comedy routines seem like sitcom plots, then Aida Rodriguez’s deserves a full biopic.
Homeless and living in her car with two young kids when she started comedy, Rodriguez already had suffered through plenty when she was a child, being kidnapped twice, molested at least once, and translating English into Spanish for her Hispanic grandmother. But she commands the stage now, a powerful presence.
As Haddish says of her: “Aida Rodriguez is one of my favorite comedians. She’s talking about the things that are real to her being a mom, being a woman. She’s always her true self. And that, to me, is beautiful.”
Then there’s Marlo Williams and April Macie.
Williams, like Haddish, emerged from foster homes as a child and grew up in Compton. Haddish says: “I always looked at her as a big sister. She’s from the same place I’m from, been through the same type of things I’ve been through. She will say exactly what she think, how she think it, because she don’t give a fuck. That’s Aunty Marlo.”
“April Macie is unlike any other comedian,” Haddish says. “She speaks about what’s true to her heart, and she is not afraid to talk about what makes her feel good. She wants women to not feel any shame about their sexuality or about their body. Like, that’s your thing and you should be proud of it.”
Macie regales the audience with a history lesson on how “hysteria” among women may have led to the invention of the vibrator, and reveals how she found the love of her life in Italy with a man who proved he withstand all sorts of crazy.
Chaunté Wayans, from that famous Wayans comedy family, rounds out the six-pack of specials. She reminds us that the Wayans family is big enough to include plenty of relatives who never made it in show business. Chaunté grew up in the projects, and jokes about still working for Postmates and sometimes delivering food to people in the industry. She also makes light of trying to fit in with all of the guys, including her more famous uncles and cousins, even though she’s gay.
As Haddish says of her: “The girl is hilarious. She has a little different flair to her. She want to be who she is in her skin, and not conform to anything ‘society’ says she is supposed to be. And I think that’s super dope.”
But what’s really super dope is taking a moment in the spotlight to share it with those who’ve been clamoring for it even longer than you have.