Tiffany Haddish is showing love to those who’ve shown love to her over the years with a new Netflix series that will showcase a group of comedic women who have long deserved their propers.
Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready premieres Tuesday on Netflix, and Haddish will serve as its executive producer along with Wanda Sykes and the comedy producer Page Hurwitz, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Each week, the show will feature a particular standup comic—Chaunté Wayans, April Macie, Tracey Ashley, Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe or Marlo Williams.
And as the Times explains, each woman has meant the most to Haddish:
She’s cried with them. She’s prayed with them. There have been pep talks through divorces and financial hardships. And dream-filled pacts to lift a friend up if success comes knocking.
“Literally, when I met everybody, I was like: ‘Don’t worry, when I make it, I’m gonna come back and get you and we’re going to the top. I don’t know what, but I’m going to put you on something,’” Haddish tells the Times. “I was always raised to believe all you have is your word.”
Now, the breakout star of Girls Trip who currently co-stars with Tracy Morgan in TBS’ The Last O.G. is making moves to keep her word.
And as the Times notes, They Ready may also help diversify a network that has been criticized of late for its treatment of comics of color, particularly women of color:
Haddish is coming back for her friends and giving a platform to women, people of color and LGBTQ performers who, she says, the industry often overlooks.
“They Ready” joins Netflix’s growing slate of stand-up series and specials, and adds more marginalized voices to the service, which has faced criticism for the lack of diversity on its comedy roster, particularly with regard to women of color. (The company recently announced that it tapped “Saturday Night Live” cast member Leslie Jones for a comedy special, set to air next year.)
Says Haddish: “If this does well for Netflix, hopefully, there’s another season and I can get another six comedians out here. I know at least 40 comedians that I think are legends in their own right, but the world doesn’t know about them yet.”