The birthday bash on Tuesday aligned with the release of Tiffany Haddish's new Netflix comedy special titled Black Mitzvah

By Benjamin VanHoose
December 04, 2019 04:51 PM

Better late than never for Tiffany Haddish to celebrate her womanhood.

The comedian threw herself an extravagant party for her 40th birthday on Tuesday, honoring both her Jewish and African American roots with a “Black Mitzvah,” a term Haddish coined for the title of her new Netflix special.

At the West Hollywood event, Haddish participated in several bat mitzvah traditions, including dancing the hora and making an entrance to the song “Hava Nagila”

During a red carpet portion of the night’s festivities, Haddish — who started out her entertainment career by performing at bar and bat mitzvahs for more than a decade — shared with Variety what the celebration meant to her.

“It’s very special because as black people, when we were brought here to America, a lot of our heritage was stripped from us,” she told the outlet. “Being able to do my DNA test and find out who I really am, I feel like it’s very important to share that with the world, so we can all start digging and find out who we are and start having some honor and pride in ourselves.”

Haddish added: “It will help everybody because you start to realize we are all the same. We are not that different.”

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Plenty of famous faces attended the party to wish Haddish a warm “mazel tov.”

Among the guests were Wanda Sykes, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman — whose sister Susan served as the rabbi for the big day.

“I love Tiffany so much, and to have my sister be the rabbi was like, I couldn’t believe it,” Silverman, 49, told Variety. “It’s so funny. They took pictures on the red carpet before and everything. And she’s here from Jerusalem.”

Comedian Kevin Nealon said the event was “unlike anything I’ve seen before.”

“I’ve been at bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs,” Nealon, 66, told Variety, “[but] I saw in her face so much love coming from her and so much gratefulness for everything that she’s gotten in her life now.”

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Though she couldn’t make it to the party, Barbra Streisand had a special gold necklace sent to her friend Haddish earlier in the day, also offering her congratulations on Twitter with a sweet photo.

“She got me this beautiful Star of David [necklace],” Haddish told Variety. “I just got it like an hour and a half ago. She had it delivered here and it’s wonderful.”

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When she stopped by The Tonight Show earlier this week, Haddish told host Jimmy Fallon that she had been studying Hebrew for the past five months in preparation for the belated bat mitzvah, which is traditionally thrown at age 12 for girls.

Though she’s been told by family members of her Jewish heritage in the past, Haddish had her ancestry confirmed when she recently completed a 23AndMe DNA test, she said during the late-night appearance.

“I gotta represent my ancestors,” she said. “I think it’s really important to represent your ancestors — I mean, they did what they did to get you here, so why not honor them?

Tiffany Hadish: Black Mitzvah is now available to stream on Netflix.

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