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Tiffany Haddish is everywhere — including Pittsburgh on Feb. 2

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m.

Tiffany Haddish is everywhere.

From announcing the Oscar nominations to being a spokeswoman for Groupon, this comedian's career is blossoming. She will be in Pittsburgh on Feb. 2 for a performance at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh.

As part of the evening, she is partnering with Project STAR at the Children's Institute (amazingkids.org) in Squirrel Hill to help provide suitcases to kids in foster care. All proceeds from her VIP meet and greet at the show will be donated to Project STAR, whose mission is to promote the right of all children to grow in safe, nurturing, lasting families. Founded in 1985, Project STAR offers adoption, foster care, and intensive family support services for children with special needs.

"Every child that is removed from their parents deserves to have a suitcase and a safe place to lay their head," says Haddish, via email through Kovert Creative. "I want to help with the suitcase part."

Haddish entered foster care after her mother was in a car accident and suffered brain damage, she told people.com in August. She also said she was homeless for a while after leaving foster care.

Those days are long behind now. The 38-year-old Haddish has really been in the spotlight lately — from teaming with Groupon as a spokeswoman, which includes a Super Bowl advertisement, to mispronouncing a few names while announcing the Oscar nominees last week to starring as Dina in the 2017 film "Girls Trip" and partnering with Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer in the upcoming TBS comedy, "The Last O.G."

"This is a wonderful reflection on her and how humble she is to be reaching back to help foster children," says Patricia Sanders-Madison, executive director for Project STAR at the Children's Institute. "That says a lot about Tiffany. She is a public figure and people look up to her."

Saunders-Madison hopes Haddish's involvement will help create not only knowledge of the situation some of the children deal with on a daily basis but also interest in becoming foster parents.

Children want the items that belong to them to stay with them, Saunders-Madison says. They don't want new things when they have to move because these pieces may be the only familiar connections they know.

"People don't understand child welfare in Pittsburgh," says Bethany Leas, Project STAR manager of placement services. "When removing children from a home it's about their safety and they are leaving a place they know going to a place they don't know so having a suitcase that contains some of their favorite things means so much. Sometimes, if things are in a bag they get thrown away or lost."

Oscar announcer

Haddish received mixed signals on social media for her announcements of the Oscar nominees. She joined Andy Serkis and mispronounced some of the names, including "Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya.

On Twitter, she promptly apologized to screenwriter, Michael H. Weber, for mispronouncing his name. "Tiffany Haddish can mispronounce my name any way she wants! WOOOOOOO," Weber said. "I am so sorry I can say your name," Haddish replied. "I just felt like I was a substitute teacher in a Key and Peele skit. I was having an unreal experience. So grateful you're cool Congratulations!"

Tiffany Haddish has signed a first-look deal with HBO according to variety.com, The two-year pact with Haddish and her She Ready production company comes on the heels of a breakout year for the comic, who won a New York Film Critics Circle best supporting actress award for her performance in 2017's "Girls Trip."

Her book "The Last Black Unicorn," released last month by Gallery Books, was named a New York Times best seller. Her new stand-up special "Tiffany Haddish: She Ready!" premiered on Showtime last year, and Haddish recently announced 2018 dates for her new stand-up tour.

Haddish will next star opposite Tracy Morgan in TBS' "The Last OG," which premieres in April on TBS. She will also star alongside Kevin Hart in Universal's feature film "Night School," set for September release.

Among her other upcoming projects are starring roles in New Line's "The Kitchen" and Universal's "The Temp," with Haddish to serve as executive producer on the latter film. The comic also has "Limited Partners" in development at Paramount, and is set to star in and serve as an executive producer on the project. She recently wrapped production on "The Oath" alongside Ike Barinholtz.

Groupon representative

CNN says going viral has landed actress Tiffany Haddish a new gig. When Haddish appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in July to promote her film "Girls Trip," she cracked him up with her story about taking the film's costar, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her husband Will Smith on a Louisiana swamp tour using a Groupon.

Haddish says "There's no reason not to use Groupon on your next beauty service. You look smart when you look good."

Look for her Groupon commercial on Feb. 4 during Super Bowl LII.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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