Tuca & Bertie centers around the friendship of two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building. Haddish stars as Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan. Wong will voice Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird.
Tuca & Bertie has BoJack Horseman vibe
Netflix released a short behind-the-scenes video introducing both the series and the two stars. In the video, Wong and Haddish share the excitement for the series and the similarities with their characters. “And I love my character got ass,” the Night School star laughs as we see her toucan’s emphasized backside sashay through a park.
The onscreen friends appear to have a lot of fun with each other when the mics are off. At one point, the two go through Haddish’s scandalous DMs. Wong points to one guy and suggests he could be “a 15-minute something-something.” Her unmarried co-star did not seem equally enthused.
If the snippets in this video make you think Broad City meets Bojack Horseman, it’s because Bojack supervising producer Lisa Hanawalt is the brainchild behind Tuca & Bertie. “I watched this nature documentary, and I watched these toucans who were digging into other birds nests and eating their egg and gobbling them up. That’s kind of what this show is based on,” Hanawalt says in the video. “This is about a friendship between 30-year-old bird women. I want women in the real world to relate to it even though they’re not bird people.”
Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong continue to soar
Both comedians are fast-rising to stardom. Haddish broke out in 2017’s Girls Trip and since then keeps popping up in movies. This year alone she voices roles in sequels for both The Lego Movie and The Secret Life of Pets. She’ll also appear in Limited Partners and The Kitchen. She also stars on TBS’s The Last O.G. opposite Tracy Morgan.
Wong rocked two incredibly Netflix stand-up specials before Amy Schumer conceived her first baby. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra made waves with her candid material about marriage and pregnancy in a signature leopard print dress and bulging belly. In addition to Tuca & Bertie, Wong will star in another Netflix original, a film titled Always Be My Maybe. Next year, fans can see her in the Margot Robbie-led Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey.
Tuca & Bertie also stars Walking Dead star Steven Yeun and features guest performances from Nicole Byer, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Jermaine Fowler, and Tessa Thompson. The adult animated series comes to Netflix May 3.