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Tiffany Haddish To Star as a Sassy Toucan in Netflix Animated Comedy 'Tuca & Bertie'

This first look clip gives a glimpse of Tiffany Haddish's hilarious character in a new series from the makers of "BoJack Horseman."

UPDATE 03/20/2019—Tuca & Bertie will be one of eight series making its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival's "Tribeca TV" program on May 1. A conversation with co-stars Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong and creator Lisa Hanawalt will follow. For more information, visit Tribeca's website.

Learn more about the series in our original story below:

The makers of Netflix's Bojack Horseman have turned Tiffany Haddish into a fly, sassy toucan in a new animated comedy that's sure to be bingeworthy.

Tuca & Bertie follows the friendship between two, 30-something bird women who live in the same apartment building—Tuca, a free spirit toucan and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird voiced by comedian Ali Wong.


Photo by Eddy Chen, courtesy of Netflix.

"I saw her in Girls' Trip and fell in love with her—it was the funniest movie I'd seen in years," creator Lisa Hanawalt says of Haddish in Netflix's first look video. "I watched it and was like, 'Oh my God, she's such a Tuca.'"

You'll be able to catch Haddish flex her voice-over antics on Tuca & Bertie's 10-episode premiere on May 3.

Check out the full clip below, where Haddish dishes on how she came to know of this opportunity, the dynamic with her co-star as well as working with the creator of the show.

Tuca & Bertie Season 1 | First Look: Ft. Tiffany Haddish & Ali Wong | Netflix youtu.be

Tuca & Bertie was animated at ShadowMachine, with production led by The Tornante Company. Haddish and Hanawalt are executive producers alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright and Steven A. Cohen.

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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