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|Birth name||Micah Williams|
|Born||September 2, 1971|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, music|
|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|
Micah "Katt" Williams (born September 2, 1971) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He played Money Mike in Friday After Next, had a stint on Wild 'n Out, portrayed Bobby Shaw in My Wife and Kids, provided the voice of A Pimp Named Slickback in The Boondocks and Seamus in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and portrayed Lord Have Mercy in Norbit. In 2008, he voiced himself in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
Williams was born Micah Williams on September 2, 1971, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He emancipated himself from his parents at the age of 13, moved to Florida and supported himself as a street vendor.
He honed his comic delivery by performing his routine in clubs nationwide, from Oklahoma to Oakland. By 1999, he had become an established comic, appearing on stage at the likes of The Improv, The Comedy Club, The Ice House, and The Hollywood Park Casino. Most notably, he appeared on BET's Comic View as Katt "In the Hat" Williams.
He starred in his first comedy special in 2006 entitled Katt Williams: Live: Let a Playa Play. His first HBO stand-up special was 2006's The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1. In 2007 he was offered a movie/standup which he entitled American Hustle. The film had critical success and established Williams as a mainstream comedian. In 2008 he released his second HBO comedy special, entitled It's Pimpin' Pimpin', which included more political standup. Keeping busy releasing comedy DVDs and touring, Williams had a comedy tour that was named the best of 2008 by Billboard. In 2012, after a four-year hiatus, he returned to stand-up in his third HBO comedy special, entitled Kattpacalypse.
On December 3, 2012, Williams announced the end of his stand-up comedy career, a day after a bizarre incident at a bar in Seattle, Washington, that landed him in jail. However, just three days later, he announced he was coming out of retirement.
During late 2013, Williams was on his "Growth Spurt" Tour.
On September 3, 2015, during an interview, Williams announced and described his upcoming tour entitled "Conspiracy Theory", stating,
The conspiracy conversation is a conversation that we are all familiar with. We know that there are conspiracies out there, but this is a conversation that encompasses a lot of things that aren't being discussed other places. That's the basis for all conspiracy theories: the fact that there is hidden information out there, and how our process changes about things that we thought we used to know. We all, at some point, if we're are at a certain age, we grew up thinking Pluto was a planet. This is probably going to go down as one of my finest works, just because it's a collection of forbidden topics that we can't seem to get answered. I am one of the rare urban public officials. Part of my guarantee in my ticket price is that I'm going to be talking about what we are talking about now, and discussing from now to the next time we see [me] again. This is the open discussion that we've had since 2003. This is what it is about.
On May 17, 2022, Williams released a new stand-up special on Netflix, titled World War III.
Film and television career
In 2002, Williams made his acting debut on NYPD Blue. He gained notoriety on Wild 'n Out, in which he appeared for several seasons. He appeared in the official music video for Wild 'n Out colleague Nick Cannon's single "Gigolo" in 2003.
In 2007, Williams provided the voice of A Pimp Named Slickback in The Boondocks. He plays himself as an on-stage stand-up comedian in Grand Theft Auto IV performing several routines, including an abbreviated version of one of his routines from Katt Williams: American Hustle. He has appeared in several episodes of My Wife and Kids as character Bobby Shaw. He was the roastmaster of the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.
In 2018, he played the character Willy in the season 2 premiere of Atlanta, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
Williams 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 Williams joined New York rapper Cam'ron's group the Diplomats, but was never signed as an official artist for the label. On January 29, 2009, Williams released his debut studio/live album, entitled It's Pimpin' Pimpin'. On November 19, 2013, he and 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.
Incidents at live shows
On August 27, 2011, Williams's performance at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, was marred by an incident during which he 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!" 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." He offered no apology for his remarks during the performance, stating, "I don't think I need to apologize for being pro-American."
Two live performances in November 2012 ended early because of Williams' confrontational behavior. A November 1 performance at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver ended after he jumped off the stage to confront a heckler. A November 16 performance at the Oracle Arena in Oakland ended after Williams again entered into a profanity-laced confrontation with a heckler and was assisted off stage by his own security staff.
On November 13, 2006, Williams was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a stolen gun was found in his briefcase. On December 14, 2006, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed firearm and was sentenced to three years' probation, was ordered to pay restitution, and was given credit for the three days he spent in jail.
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. Police later charged him with burglary and criminal trespass.
On June 11, 2011, Williams was arrested in connection with an alleged assault on a tractor driver. The alleged victim said three women approached his tractor at around 4:30 p.m. local time and attacked him with rocks and dirt clods, causing him facial injuries. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers arrived on the scene and arrested the three women for assault with a deadly weapon, and arrested Williams for felony intimidation of a witness. Williams was booked into jail and released that same night on $50,000 bail.
On November 15, 2012, he 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.
An attendee of Williams' shortened 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."
On December 2, 2012, Williams was arrested in Seattle after he allegedly got into a dispute at a bar in South Lake Union. His arrest came after his no-show November 29, 2012, for the first night of a planned two-night engagement at the Paramount Theatre. Five days later, he was arrested in Dunnigan, California, on a bench warrant arising from a November 25, 2012, incident in Sacramento during which he allegedly drove a three-wheeled motorbike on a sidewalk and refused to stop for police. The resulting chase was halted due to safety concerns, and the bench warrant issued, after Williams narrowly missed several bystanders.
On January 8, 2013, he was arrested at his LA home after failing to appear in Sacramento to answer the November 25 motorbike charges.
On October 29, 2014, Williams and Suge Knight were arrested for the theft of a camera from a photographer in Beverly Hills on September 5. In April 2017, Williams pled no contest to the charge of robbery and was ordered to undertake a year of anger management classes as well as receiving three years' probation.
On February 29, 2016, Williams was arrested in Gainesville, Georgia, when a clerk at a swimming-pool store said Williams had hit him. Williams was lying face down with his hands behind his back when police arrived.
On March 23, 2016 a video went viral of Williams getting into a fight with a 17 year old boy following a dispute during a soccer game in Gainesville. The authorities planned to review the incident with the D.A. in addition to his ongoing court cases.
On April 27, 2016, Williams was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, and charged with battery after allegedly throwing a salt shaker at the manager of Spondivits, a local restaurant. The manager claimed to have been hit in the mouth with the salt shaker when Williams' group was denied preferential seating.
On September 15, 2016, Williams was arrested in Fulton County, Georgia, on a charge of second-degree criminal damage to property, after having turned himself in on a warrant for failing to appear in court for the April 27 incident. This new arrest involved a February 28, 2016 allegation that the comedian had thrown a man's cellphone.
On October 6, 2018, Williams was arrested in Portland, Oregon, on a charge of assault in the fourth degree, after he assaulted a Town Car driver during an argument about his dog. He was additionally arrested on an outstanding warrant from Georgia.
Awards and nominations
In 2018, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on the show Atlanta.
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Comedian||—||Nominated|||
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Atlanta: Alligator Man||Won|||
|2002||Friday After Next||Money Mike|
|2004||Choices 2||Pimp in Pink||Video|
|2005||Treasure N Tha Hood||Reverend Ike|
|Rebound||Preacher Don's Sidekick|
|It Ain't Easy||-||Video|
|2007||Epic Movie||Harry Beaver|
|Norbit||Lord Have Mercy|
|Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular||Wiseman||TV movie|
|The Perfect Holiday||Delicious|
|Adventures of Tha Blue Carpet Treatment||Himself (voice)|
|2009||Young American Gangstas||Joe Joe Brown|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Seamus (voice)|
|2012||The Obama Effect||MLK|
|2013||Scary Movie 5||Blaine Fulda|
|2015||American Bad Boy||The Bruce|
|2017||Father Figures||Hitchhiker (The Universe)|
|2020||2 Minutes of Fame||Marques|
|2021||The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2||Dr. Mamuwalde|
|For the Love of Money||Pastor G|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Martel Cates||Episode: "Maya Con Dios"|
|2003-04||The Tracy Morgan Show||Freddie||Main Cast|
|2004-05||My Wife and Kids||Bobby Shaw||Recurring Cast: Season 5|
|2005||Love Lounge||Himself||Episode: "The Naked Truth"|
|ComicView||Himself||Episode: "Episode #14.1" & "#14.21"|
|Girlfriends||Rick Beatty||Episode: "Sleeping Dogs"|
|Cuts||Barry||Recurring Cast: Season 2|
|2005-07||Wild 'n Out||Himself||Main Cast: Season 1-4|
|2005-08||The Boondocks||A Pimp Named Slickback (voice)||Recurring Cast: Season 1-2|
|2006||Def Comedy Jam||Himself||Episode: "Episode #7.4"|
|2006-07||BET Hip Hop Awards||Himself/Host||Main Host|
|2007||Comics Unleashed||Himself||Episode: "Feb 20, 2007"|
|Comedy Central Roast||Himself/Roastmaster||Episode: "Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav"|
|Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz||Himself||Main Cast|
|2008||Black Poker Stars Invitational||Himself||Main Guest|
|2009||Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||Himself||Episode: "Kathy at the Apollo"|
|2012||Comics Unleashed||Himself||Episode: "Feb 6, 2012"|
|2016||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Himself||Episode: "Lovers or Friends?"|
|2018||Atlanta||Willie||Episode: "Alligator Man"|
|2019||Town Bizzness||Himself||Episode: "Yukmouth in Portland"|
|Black-ish||Perry||Episode: "Enough Is Enough"|
|2020||The Last O.G.||Fred||Episode: "Family Feud"|
|2022||Atlanta||Willie||Episode: “Light Skinned-ed”|
Stand-up comedy specials
|2006||Live (Let A Playa Play)|
|The Pimp Chronicles||HBO|
|2007||American Hustle: The Movie|
|2008||It's Pimpin' Pimpin'||HBO|
|2022||World War III|
|2008||Grand Theft Auto IV||Himself||Voice role|
|2009||Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The Pimp Chronicles||
|It's Pimpin' Pimpin'||
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