Diversion Books will publish I CURSE YOU WITH JOY by stand-up comedian, actress, producer and New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Haddish, it was announced today by Scott Waxman, Publisher. Editor Elizabeth Gassman acquired world rights, including audio, from Byrd Leavell at UTA. It will be simultaneously released in hardcover, ebook and audio formats on May 7, 2024. Diversion Books and Dreamscape, a leading independent audiobook publisher committed to delivering top-tier, award-winning audio content, has partnered for the audio edition, which will be read by Haddish.

Tiffany Haddish, a trailblazer from the moment her debut bestseller, The Last Black Unicorn, graced the shelves in 2017, has become an unstoppable force in the entertainment world. Emerging as the breakout star of Girls Trip, she has seamlessly transitioned from one success to another, leaving an indelible mark on comedy and film.

Her journey is extraordinary – from a hit stand-up special on Netflix to starring in blockbuster franchises. Making history as the first Black female comedian to host Saturday Night Live, Haddish captivated audiences and earned herself an Emmy for her stellar performance.

Now, in the pages of I CURSE YOU WITH JOY, Haddish opens up in a collection of essays that are as humorous as they are heartfelt. Renowned for her unapologetic honesty, she delves into the highs and lows of life, celebrating the lessons learned along the way. This collection is a testament to her resilience, a journey through the joy and pain that defines her narrative. Haddish fearlessly confronts the legacy of her childhood trauma, explores the challenges of being a Black woman in the entertainment industry, and shares the bittersweet tale of her reunion with her estranged father after nearly two decades apart. I CURSE YOU WITH JOY, is not just a book; it’s a glimpse into the soul of a woman who embraces life with authenticity and humor, inviting readers to join her on a journey of self-discovery and celebration.

“Readers love Tiffany for her authentic, heartfelt humor. The Tiffany you meet within the pages of I CURSE YOU WITH JOY is the same Tiffany that Beyonce and Jay-Z meet at the Grammy’s after party. She’s your best friend who made it big, and she is still keeping it real.” said Gassman.

Said Haddish, “This book is me, highs and lows. The good, the bad, the ugly and of course the funny. The wig is off. I’m not wearing any makeup. No lashes. I’m going to spill the tea of my life, all the stuff that makes me more alive, more human and way more interesting than that beautiful wax mannequin of me in Madame Tussauds.”

Said Dreamscape Media, “We are beyond thrilled that Tiffany Haddish will be narrating the audio edition of I Curse You With Joy. There is simply no one better suited to bring her own words to life,” said Lorna Henry, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Dreamscape. “Her comedic prowess and unparalleled storytelling will create a genuine and unforgettable listening experience.”

Tiffany Haddish is a multifaceted force in the entertainment industry, a true luminary boasting an Emmy and Grammy Award for her exceptional work. Renowned as a comedian, actress, producer, and New York Times bestselling author, she skyrocketed to stardom as the breakout sensation of the hit comedy Girls Trip.  Her illustrious film and television portfolio is a testament to her versatility, featuring standout performances in projects such as Apple TV’s  The Afterparty, The Card Counter, Tuca & Bertie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, The Lego Movie 2, Night School, and The Carmichael Show, among a myriad of others. Not confined to the screen, Haddish showcased her musical prowess by releasing her latest single, Till The Club Closes, in September 2023 and continues working on her music with the likes of legendary producer Dianne Warren.  Her acclaimed comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah, earned her an Emmy nomination and a Grammy win, solidifying her as a trailblazer in the entertainment landscape. Haddish’s historic achievements include being the second Black woman to win a Grammy for Outstanding Comedy Album, a feat unparalleled since Whoopi Goldberg’s in 1986. In November 2017, she etched her name in the annals of comedy by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live, which earned her yet another Emmy Award. In addition to her adult-focused work, Haddish has also ventured into children’s literature with Layla, The Last Black Unicorn, an illustrated children’s book.

Beyond her artistic pursuits, Tiffany created her foundation, She Ready, to inspire, protect, and provide resources for youth impacted by foster care. She is also passionate about serving and bringing necessary resources into her community. She is working on opening a grocery store in South Central, Los Angeles, where healthy food isn’t easily accessible.

Tiffany Haddish’s journey celebrates talent, resilience, and a commitment to breaking molds in every facet of her life and career. As an actress, author, activist, and all-around entertainer, she continues to redefine the boundaries of success and representation.

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Diversion Books is an independent publisher of many acclaimed and bestselling titles with a focus on general interest non-fiction. Founded by CEO and Publisher Scott Waxman, Diversion is known for quality books that aim to entertain and inform. Titles from Diversion Books are distributed to the trade through Two Rivers Distribution, a division of Ingram Content Group.


Dreamscape Media is an award-winning publisher that produces fiction and non-fiction audiobooks, book-based children’s read-along video programs, and offers video and audio distribution services. Titles are available to both library and retail channels in physical and digital formats. Visit Dreamscape online at Dreamscapepublishing.com.