Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019)

I’ve been a fan of Tiffany Haddish since her star-making performance in 2017’s “Girls Trip,” and I was happy to see that this Netflix special is just as charming and charismatic as she is. Across the hour-long running time, Haddish manages to be the kind of accessible performer who’s strikingly intimate, vulnerable yet undeniably crowd-pleasing at the same time. She recounts stories from an evidently troubled childhood and her struggles on the way to Hollywood success, and she’s entirely relatable every step of the way. She has a natural screen presence that’s both infectiously girlish and grizzled in a seen-it-all way, and she has a Kathy Griffin-esque ability to recount relatively uneventful stories with infectious glee and killer one-liners, so the experience of watching her is electrifying because you’re genuinely never sure where she’s going with her tales or where the next source of humor will come from. I’ll admit it starts to drag in the last 10 minutes or so, when the energy seems to have dissipated a bit, but getting there is an absolute delight, much like the mega-watt performer herself. Watch for a thunderous introduction song performed live by Haddish herself that positively drips with talent and passion.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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