Book Review: The Last Black Unicorn

Book Review: The Last Black Unicorn

Another memoir by a comedian!

I actually don’t often pick up books by comedians. I’m kind of picky and more often than not, I don’t find many comedians that funny. Maybe I’m a stick in the mud, maybe some people aren’t as funny as others think they are, or maybe I have a very particular sense of humour. I don't know. In any case, I don’t usually read memoirs or personal essays by comedians. But after the excellent Born a Crime and now The Last Black Unicorn, I think I should do some research and look for more books in the genre that I might enjoy. They can be so fun! And if you’re not in the mood for some 1,000 page epic fantasy or a suspense-filled crime thriller, books by comedians are often light and the perfect easy-reading antidote to a long day.

One of my favourite lines in the book.

One of my favourite lines in the book.

That being said, The Last Black Unicorn isn’t always light. After I finished the first third of the book, I wondered if it was going to be light at all. Tiffany Haddish had a tough childhood, a tough young adulthoodreally, her whole life seems like a lot to deal with. And she’s brutally honest about it. That she had so many obstacles in her life growing up is truly a testament to what feels like unconquerable spirit.

Here's the synopsis:

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

So in case it wasn’t clear, The Last Black Unicorn is a one-of-a-kind wild ride from start to finish. Fans of Tiffany Haddish will enjoy this read: it’s basically her in real life, now on paper. You can imagine her talking to you in person, her voice, her laugh, as she tells you her crazy life stories. And it’s great! There’s something about how personal she gets, how willing she is to tell you about the details of her lifeand how honest she is about her love of comedy.

It isn’t in my top reads of 2018, but I still really enjoyed Haddish’s book. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of her energetic and wild brand of comedy, so if you’ve ever seen her on TV, doing stand-up or movies or press interviews, give The Last Black Unicorn a shot. You’ll definitely come out of it transformed.

3.5/5 stars