Katt Williams

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Katt Williams
Birth name Micah S. Katt Williams[1]
Born (1973-09-02) September 2, 1973 (age 40)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, music
Nationality American
Years active 1990–present
Genres Black comedy, blue comedy, satire, observational comedy, physical comedy
Subject(s) African-American culture, racism, recreational drug use, politics, celebrities, sex
Notable works and roles Various in Wild 'n Out
Bobby Shaw in My Wife and Kids
Money Mike in Friday After Next
It's Pimpin' Pimpin'
Website www.therealkattwilliams.com

Micah S. Katt Williams (born September 2, 1973[2]), better known as Katt Williams, is an American comedian, rapper[3] and actor. He had a role as Money Mike in Friday After Next. He also had a stint on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv show, Wild 'n Out, played a fictional character Bobby Shaw on the program My Wife and Kids, and provided the voice for the character "A Pimp Named Slickback" in The Boondocks.

Career[edit]

Standup career[edit]

Williams started performing comedy in his Cincinnati neighborhood, Avondale.[4][5]

Williams honed his comic delivery by performing his routine in clubs nationwide, from Oklahoma to Oakland, California. By 1999, Katt had become an established comic, appearing on stage at the likes of The Improv, The Comedy Club, The Icehouse and The Hollywood Park Casino. Most notably appearing on BET's Comic View.[4][5]

Williams starred in his first comedy special in 2006 entitled Katt Williams: Live: Let a Playa Play. His second & first HBO stand-up special was 2006’s The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1, with his comedy piece "This Shit Right Here Nigga, This Shit Right Here Nigga".[4] In 2007 Williams was offered a movie/standup which he entitled American Hustle. The film had critical success and established Williams as a Mainstream Comedian.[4][6] In 2008 Williams released his second HBO comedy special entitled It's Pimpin' Pimpin', with Williams doing more of a Political standup.[7] In 2012 after 4 years of retirement & controversial arrests Williams returned to stand up in his third HBO comedy special entitled Kattpacalypse.[8]

On December 3, 2012 Williams announced the end of his stand-up comedy career, a day after a bizarre incident in Seattle, Washington that landed him in jail.[9] However, just 3 days later, Williams announced he was coming out of retirement.[10]

As of late 2013 Williams was on his "Growth Spurt" Tour. [11]

Television/film career[edit]

In 2002 Williams made his acting debut on NYPD Blue. Williams gained notoriety on the MTV improv show Wild 'n Out, on which he appeared on for several seasons.[4][5] In 2007 Williams he voices "A Pimp Named Slickback" on the Adult Swim's The Boondocks; he plays himself as an onstage comedian in Grand Theft Auto IV; and Williams has appeared in several episodes of My Wife and Kids as character Bobby Shaw. He was also on Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.[4][5] Williams has also played supporting characters in movies such as First Sunday and Norbit, but is probably more widely recognized for his character Money Mike in the movie Friday After Next.[4][5]

Music career[edit]

He has also used the Money Mike stage name when rapping for songs by such artists as Baby Bash, The Game, and Suga Free. In 2006 William's joined well known New York rapper Cam'ron's group The Diplomats but was never signed as an official artist for the label.[12] In January 29, 2009 Williams released his debut studio/live album entitled It's Pimpin' Pimpin'. On November 19, 2013 Williams & Hell Rell released a diss song to Atlanta rapper Trinidad James entitled "Lames In The Game" due to comments made by the rapper about the state of current Hip Hop music.[13]

Controversy[edit]

Incidents at live shows[edit]

On August 27, 2011, his performance at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona was marred by an incident during which Williams responded to a heckler, identified as being of Mexican descent, with an angry tirade that included Williams shouting "...so if you love Mexico, bitch, get the fuck over there!"[14] In an interview following the performance, Williams stated that the incident was precipitated by the heckler. "If a person starts their heckling with 'f' America, then that gives me the right to defend my country," Williams said. Williams offered no apology for his remarks during the performance, stating "I don't think I need to apologize for being pro-American."[15]

Two live performances in November 2012 were ended early due to Williams' confrontational behavior. A November 1 performance at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver ended after Williams jumped off the stage to confront a heckler.[16] A November 16 performance at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California ended after Williams again entered into a profanity-laced confrontation with a heckler and was assisted off stage by his own security staff.[17] This followed Williams' November 15, 2012 arrest in Oakland on charges of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating an 18 year-old Berkeley, California man with a bottle aboard Williams' tour bus.[18]

Williams failed to appear for a scheduled performance on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington. No explanation was immediately offered and the booking agency was forced to offer refunds to audience members.[19]

Legal problems[edit]

A mugshot of Williams in 2011.

On November 13, 2006, Williams was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a stolen gun was found in his briefcase.[20] On December 14, 2006, Williams pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed firearm and was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay restitution, and was given credit for the three days he spent in jail.[1]

In November 2010, Williams was arrested by police while working on a film in Coweta County, Georgia. He was accused of stealing $3,500 worth of coins and jewelry. He was released the following day on a $40,000 bond.[21] Police later charged Williams with burglary and criminal trespass.[22]

On June 11, 2011, Williams was arrested in connection of an alleged assault on a tractor driver. The alleged victim said three women approached his tractor at around 4:30pm local time and attacked him with rocks and dirt clods, causing him facial injuries.[23] Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers arrived on the scene and arrested the three women for assault with a deadly weapon and Williams for felony intimidation of a witness.[24] Williams was booked into jail and released that same night on $50,000 bail.[24]

On November 9, 2012, a lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles which alleges that on October 6, 2012 Williams hit his former assistant with "a closed fist" causing serious injury. The plaintiff is asking for punitive damages in the amount of $5 million.[25]

On November 15, 2012, Williams was arrested in Oakland, California on charges of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating an 18 year-old Berkeley, California man with a bottle aboard Williams' tour bus.[18]

An attendee of Williams' aborted November 16, 2012 performance at the Oracle Arena in Oakland filed a class action lawsuit days after the event, seeking compensation for himself and "all others who paid money for a show and got nothing but Katt Williams' nonperformance."[26]

On December 2, 2012 Williams was arrested in Seattle after he allegedly got into a dispute at a bar in South Lake Union. Williams’ arrest came after his no-show November 29, 2012 for the first night of a planned two-night engagement at the Paramount Theatre.[27]

On December 7, 2012 Williams was arrested again in Dunnigan, California on a felony warrant arising from a November 25, 2012 incident in Sacramento, California where he allegedly drove a three-wheeled motorbike on a sidewalk and failed to stop for police. During the resulting police chase, Williams is alleged to have nearly hit five people with his bike, which prompted authorities to end the chase for safety reasons and issue the subsequent warrant.[28]

On December 28, 2012, Williams was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly endangering his 4 children. He was held on $100,000 bail and his children were placed in protective custody.[29]

On January 8, 2013, Williams was arrested at his LA home after a warrant was issued for failing to appear in Sacramento County Court on charges of driving in a reckless manner from the November 25th incident in which he allegedly drove a three-wheeled motorbike on a sidewalk and failed to stop for police.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Williams temporarily joined the Nation of Islam before reverting to Christianity.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2007, he was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Award.[31]

Awards and nominations for Katt Williams
Year Work Category Award Show Result Ref
2007 N/A Choice Comedian Teen Choice Awards Nominated

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Friday After Next Money Mike
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Neighbor (Uncredited)
2006 Repos Mr. Henderson
Katt Williams: Live: Let a Playa Play Himself Stand Up
The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1 Himself Stand Up
2007 Roast Of Flavor Flav Host
Norbit Lord Have Mercy
The Perfect Holiday Delicious
American Hustle: The Movie Himself Stand Up
Epic Movie Harry Beaver
2008 Internet Dating Mickey
First Sunday Rickey
It's Pimpin' Pimpin' Himself Stand Up
2009 Lonely Street Rodent
Katt Williams Presents: Katthouse Himself Stand Up
Katt Williams: Pimpadelic Himself Documentary
2010 Katt Williams: 9 Lives Himself Documentary
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Seamus
2012 Kattpacalypse Himself Stand Up
The Obama Effect MLK Stand Up
2013 Scary Movie 5 Blaine Fulda
2014 Katt Is Back Himself Stand Up
2014 School Dance Darren Main Role
TV Shows/Program
Year Show Role
2002 NYPD Blue Martel Cates
2004 The Tracy Morgan Show Freddie
My Wife and Kids Bobby Shaw
2005 My Wife and Kids Bobby Shaw
Girlfriends Rick Beatty
Cuts Barry
2005–2014 The Boondocks A Pimp Named Slickback
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz Barry

Discography[edit]

List of Live albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
US Heat
The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Salient Media
  • Formats: CD, LP
It's Pimpin' Pimpin' 174 5
Pimpadelic
Kattpacalypse
  • Released: September 18, 2012
  • Label: KattPack/E1 Music
  • Formats: CD, LP
Live
  • Released: October 15, 2012
  • Label: Three T's Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, LP

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Katt Williams Not Retiring From Stand-Up Comedy, Just Felt Unappreciated". huffingtonpost.com. December 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ 2:43 2013. "Katt Williams Presents THE KATT IS BACK TOUR in Las Vegas, 11/9 - BWWComedyWorld". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  12. ^ Chris Richburg (2007-01-30). "Katt Williams Rap/Comedy Album On The Way, New Films, TV Show In The Works". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  13. ^ "New Music: Hell Rell And Katt Williams Diss Trinidad James With 'Lames In The Game'". Vibe. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  14. ^ The Young Turks (2011). Anti-Mexican Rant By Comedian Katt Williams. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  15. ^ CNN Wire Staff (3 September 2011). "Katt Williams explains apology for Mexico remarks". cnn.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Wenzel, John (3 November 2012). "Katt Williams fans furious after bizarre Denver show". denverpost.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  17. ^ Jimenez, Daniel (17 November 2012). "Comedian Katt Williams' onstage meltdown in Oakland brings angry response from fans". MercuryNews.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b St. Clair, Katy (15 November 2012). "Katt Williams arrested in Oakland after show, accused of hitting man with a bottle". Sfexaminer.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  19. ^ Matson, Andrew (30 November 2012). "Katt Williams a no show at Seattle's Paramount Theatre". seattletimes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Katt Williams arrested on gun charge at LAX". USA Today. November 7, 2006. 
  21. ^ "Katt Williams released, facing burglary charge". CNN. November 10, 2009. 
  22. ^ News Report, Video: Katt Williams Speaks
  23. ^ "Katt Williams arrested in assault on tractor driver". 
  24. ^ a b "Comedian Katt Williams arrested for alleged attack on Californian tractor driver". New York Post. June 13, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Superior Court of California – County of Los Angeles Case No. BC495398". Lasuperiorcourt.org. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  26. ^ "Katt Williams: Comedian Sued for Challenging Fans to Fight During Onstage Meltdown". sfweekly.com. November 27, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Stand-up comic arrested after dispute". seattletimes.com. December 2, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Katt Williams arrested again". komonews.com. December 9, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Katt Williams Arrested For Child Endangerment, May Face Felony Charges Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/458817/katt-williams-arrested-for-child-endangerment-may-face-felony-charges/#CvU2L2rqdyqVJ1Au.99". inquisitr.com. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  30. ^ "Katt Williams arrested in LA on Sacramento bench warrant | News - KCRA Home". Kcra.com. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  31. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1139343/awards?ref_=nm_awd

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