*Comedian, writer and former Katt Williams associate Darryl Littleton has taken the task of spelling out the frequent self defeating elements that underlie the rich and famous in the book titled “Pimp Down: The Rise and Fall of Katt Williams.”
Darryl (known on the comedy circuit as “D’Militant) worked for Katt for two years and had known him for ten years prior to his meteoric rise as a standup comedian. From 1998 to the early 2000’s Katt ascended from virtual anonymity to superstar status, transitioning from local comedy spots to national TV specials such as The Katt Williams Pimp Chronicles. Surprisingly a new millennium audience still fancied the stylized humor of pimp mentality, and it turned out to be a cash cow for Katt Williams. A series of TV and movie roles followed such as The Tracey Morgan Show, Norbit, Friday After Next, First Sunday and more. The Katt Williams brand was growing into a net worth estimated at $4.5 million, but would fortune and fame sustain or unravel the Cincinnati native formerly known as Micah S. (Katt) Williams? The ‘Pimp Down’ author gave this reply.
Darryl Littleton: “Fame brings on another level of baggage that fortune does not. What success is supposed to do is enhance who you really are.”
In the case of Katt Williams lurking in the shadows was the predictable cartel of personal demons and a zealous entourage. Littleton reports that he witnessed Katt trust the wrong people and make his fair share of mistakes along the way.
Darryl Littleton: “I saw Katt’s media persecution. His camp wanted to blow him up and break historical trends, but not everyone stays famous forever.”
EUR asked if The Rise and Fall of Katt Williams is a tell-all book from a disgruntled subordinate?
Darryl Littleton: “Absolutely not, I’m not picking on one person but using one person as an example. We tried to help Katt.”
Pimp Down: The Rise and Fall of Katt Wiliams also discusses others in the book such as Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, Mike Epps, Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx and more. It is intended to be instructional for comics to learn to deal with all phases of the illusive entertainment world.
Darryl Littleton: “There’s no class that you can take on how to deal with fans.”
In this EURweb Exclusive audio, hear more on why Darryl Littleton wrote the book on Katt Williams:
Darryl Littleton is a former producer for BET’s Comic View. He is a political columnist, a comedy historian and the 2006 winner of The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. Additionally he authored the book “Black Comedians On Black Comedy, The hysterical and historical impact of African-American comedy from the minstrel era to the Murphys.” Comics in search of The Honest Promoters List can email Darryl at email@example.com. Darry Littleton’s “Pimp Down: The Rise and Fall of Katt Wiliams is available in paperback or kindle at Amazon.com.