Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People: Hadiyah Robinson

Hadiyah Robinson
You remember when a chocolate replica of your asshole was a thing you could buy for the person you loved on Valentine’s Day? The internet was convinced that a dozen delicately carved, tasty buttholes was an excellent gift idea—Hadiyah Robinson, thank god, remained unconvinced. One of her best videos on Internet Action Force warned “Just picture your grandmother buying your grandfather a box of her chocolate buttholes. ‘Mmm, that’s delicious,’ says your grandfather. ‘Just what I wanted!’”
Robinson grew up in Flint, Michigan, which was part of her regular stand-up routine back when Flint’s claim to fame was being #1 on the FBI’s most violent cities list. She also does hilarious sketches about playing pin the baby on the daddy at “ghetto baby showers,” why being kidnapped is the best first date you didn’t know was going to happen (“he’s been planning this for weeks! And he already knows everything you like because he stalked you!”), and what insta-bae means (“love is just two crazy people stalking each other from opposite sides of the planet”).
She has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Oxygen’s Celebrity Undercover, BET’s Comic View and One Mic Stand, and on Gotham Comedy Live. She’s also been featured in O Magazine, Time Out NY, and The Huffington Post.
When was the first time you remember making someone laugh? What happened?
I’ve been making people laugh since way back. The first time I was age 5 or 6. My family had talent shows in the house on Saturday and I would just stand in front of my brothers and sisters and laugh as hard as I could and that in turn made them laugh. Sounds silly but at 5 it was some pretty genius stuff. I had them in the palm of my hand.  I had crowd control down early!
What is the toughest part about being on the comedy scene in Brooklyn today? What is the best?
The TOUGHEST part of BK Comedy Scene is there’s so many shows and you want to hit all the stages but you’re not being able to because the borough is kinda spread out. The BEST PART is all my lazy BK friends that don’t want to go into the city can come through and get home in less than an hour.
Who do you find funny?
I can still watch Martin Lawrence “You So Crazy” and laugh my ass off.  
What was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
The last time I laughed so hard I cried I was… I can’t remember.
What are your goals for your comedy career?
The goals for my comedy career is to tour around the world. Write and produce my own content (TV, Films) and record comedy specials. Basically just be successful.
And finally: What is your favorite knock-knock (or otherwise goofy) joke?
I hate knock-knock jokes. Really not a fan of goofy jokes. The one that stands out is something about three tomatoes and the small one was lagging behind some the big one squashed it and said Catch Up. Exactly TERRIBLE.
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Photo by Nicolas Maloof.


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