How does Detroit comedian Tiffany “T. Barb” Barber keep a sense of humor about everything the world has thrown at her and everyone else in the past year?
“For me, I understand that laughter is like medicine,” says Barber, who has become one of the rising stars emerging from the city’s homegrown talent pool of comics. “If only for a second, I can take someone’s mind away from what’s going on with laughter, that’s what keeps me motivated.”
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Comedy shows are a hard thing to produce in a global pandemic, so Barber has turned to her Instagram to perform skits and interact with fans in a new virtual space. She’s also producing the second season of the “Gettin’ Off” comedy series on Amazon Prime, which highlights Detroit comics.
“When a person is a comedian, they’re really dependent on live audiences to make their money. Comedians are suffering right now and many couldn’t file for unemployment,” says Barber. “This was a time for comedians to test their skills in other ways with acting, skits or coming up with new and creative ways to get the message across.”
One of those new ways for Barber was writing her own cookbook, available via her website. “The Hoodrat Kitchen Vegan Cookbook” presents her spin on vegan dishes.
“Vegan food can be considered drab or bland or just salad and I was like, look, I’m from the hood. I gotta spice this thing up!” says Barber.