Tiffany Haddish Received 40 Notes From Foster Kids After Latest Emmy Nod

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The 'Girls Trip' star and 'Black Mitzvah' comedian revealed the messages arrived after she Zoom called with foster kids in group homes during quarantine.

While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tiffany Haddish revealed she received "the best award ever" in the form of 40 hand-drawn notes from foster youth after she learned she was nominated for an Emmy this year.

During her Monday night appearance, the Girls Trip star and Tonight Show host spoke about her 2020 Emmy nomination for outstanding variety special (pre-recorded), which Haddish garnered for her 2019 Netflix comedy special Black Mitzvah. The actress and comedian said she was "grateful" for her nomination, and that it was "awesome to be recognized by my peers," before revealing that she had received tens of notes from youth she had been communicating with while in quarantine.

"I went to the mailbox, and there were all these handwritten notes from foster youth that I've been talking to over quarantine," Haddish told Fallon. "It was 40 messages — 40 little handwritten notes and cards — and they drew on them and colored them."

Haddish, who has a personal connection to the foster care after she and her siblings were put into the system as children, said she had been Zoom calling with the foster kids, all of whom are from different group homes. Getting the messages from the children she had been speaking with was "better than anything."

"That was the best award ever," Haddish said. "Like when I get down, I just open those up and read them. It's like, that's better than any trophy I could ever get, to be recognized by our youth, our future."

During her appearance, Haddish also touched on what it was like returning to the stage and performing during the pandemic. Haddish was among the talent that appeared at an outdoor event hosted by Dave Chappelle in Yellow Springs, Ohio over the July 4 weekend. She described performing again as "like sex" before sharing what the experience taught her about the new normal of stage comedy.

"Granted everyone had on masks, so you couldn't hear the laughter right away, but you could see it — everybody would get squinty eyes and they laugh. So you find new cues to accept," Haddish recounted. "By the end of it, I felt like a Care Bear. I felt like I was doing like the Care Bear stare."

Watch the full segment below.