Creator: Tiffany Haddish
Cast: Flame Monroe, Marlo Williams, April Macie, Aida Rodriguez, Tracey Ashley, Chaunté Wayans
Seasons: 1 (2019)
In They Ready, comedian and actor Tiffany Haddish spotlights six comedians she thinks deserve some attention. They’re all terrific choices. We ready.
Tiffany Haddish, the star of such movies as Girls Trip and Night School, repurposes her trademark line “she ready” from her stand-up specials in this show. Haddish has assembled diverse comedians who deserve the spotlight for this six-episode series.
It’s a personal project for Haddish, whose idea was to help artists trying to make careers in the entertainment business. Anyone who has read Haddish’s memoir, The Last Black Unicorn (2017), will know the struggle she endured, both growing up and forging a career. As a result, They Ready is brimming with emotion. Haddish introduces every comedian at the start of each episode, declaring her admiration and love for them before we dive into a candid get-together of all the artists followed by their 20-minute stand-up specials.
Monroe talks about the consequences of being trans for a couple of decades, raising three kids and the way she has been treated in the green room over the years.
Each comedian gets an episode. Flame Monroe, a comedian who happens to be transgender is unmissable and easily the best performer of the lot even though Aida Rodriguez gives her a tough fight with her hilarious kidnapping stories. Monroe talks about the consequences of being trans for a couple of decades, raising three kids and the way she has been treated in the green room over the years.
Chaunté Wayans will tickle you with her insecurities over being queer and growing up poor with a rich family name while Tracey Ashley quips about her interracial marriage. Marlo Williams channels the ghetto as she talks about her sex life, and April Macie jokes about the invention of dildos.
Every episode is rewarding, especially as they capture the charm of artists who still have a way to go in their careers. Hats of to Haddish for elevating folks who deserve a visible stage and to Netflix for doing this show.