Tiffany Haddish didn’t have the easiest presentation on Sunday night. The 41-year-old comedian was the host of Verizon’s Big Small Business Gig live broadcast, which featured acts like Miley Cyrus, Luke Bryan, HER and more as they performed in an effort to support small businesses amid the pandemic.
Haddish looked amazing in a one-shoulder silver dress, but people online were quick to point out the numerous glitches in the livestream with Haddish struggling with her lines and talking about communication failures from the show’s production team.
As she prepared to introduce singer HER midway through the show, Haddish looked visibly confused before yelling, “What the hell does ‘vamp’ mean, me?” without any beep for his curse. Presumably the producers were asking the comedian to stop as they needed more time to prepare the actor.
“Now they asked me to be a vampire. I don’t know what vampire means,” Haddish continued. “To me, vampire means being a vampire or ‘vamperate’ like slowly disappearing and / or elaborating? Maybe that’s the word they should have used. Elaborate. But let’s get going, guys.”
He then went on and introduced her before production was ready, causing an awkward silence as Haddish looked at the camera.
“Everyone should communicate with me in proper English,” Haddish said as the live broadcast continued. “They’re in my ear, I’m going to keep it 100 with all of you. They told me to be coolest. What the hell does that mean? I’m the coolest!”
They were finally ready and Haddish introduced her a second time.
She later shared: “What they just whispered into my ear is that I’m about to do a 15-minute standup series that I’m just not ready for. I was nowhere in the realm of thinking I was doing a 15-minute established. I’m here to be the host. ”
Viewers took to Twitter reacting to Haddish’s host concert with mixed responses. Some found the exchanges fun, while others weren’t impressed by the mistakes.
Haddish apparently responded to the reactions online, tweeting after the show, “I just want to say it was one of the funniest and hardest things I’ve ever done. Thank you @Verizon for allowing me to be a part of something so cool #BigConcertSmallBiz I’m always supportive to small businesses in my community! “