*On-again-off-again sober minded comedian Katt Williams says despite his outbursts and breakdowns, he’s still the king of comedy.
Bursting out onto the stage over a decade ago, the pint-sized funnyman was hailed as something like a baby genius.
But like every smart person, he has his quirks.
After disappearing and allegedly going straight-jacket crazy, a few years back, he managed to recover somewhat. But by the end of 2012, he had already been arrested a few times too many for fighting, carrying stolen firearms and other charges.
But through it all, he’s managed to keep it together enough to get through an interview with the Grio, saying tragedy and comedy go hand-in-hand.
“It’s impossible to separate those two things,” Williams says. “Those two things are on opposite sides of a coin, and so is genius and crazy. So if they ever in life call you one, they are in essence handing you a coin that has a flip side on it. I ignored it as long as I could.”
Katt was an amazing ‘leprechaun’ looking pimp in 2002 film “Friday After Next” but totally took off in 2006 with his stand-up show, “The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1.”
Everything was on the up and up until he pulled out of hosting the BET Awards in 2008 last minute.
It’s been rocky over the years in both career and personal life, including repeated legal issues. He says, however, there’s no excuse for that.
“It’s really hard for you to have growth without change,” he explains. “What you’re doing is you’re attempting to change the bad things about you into better things, without changing who you are as a person. And so I’m doing about as well as can be hoped. Comme ci, comme ça. I made a lot more mistakes than I would like, and so what I’m finding is that to err is human. I’m done erring, now I’m onto joking.”
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“All the money in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have time to enjoy it.” – Oprah Winfrey
Sept. 2: Singer Sam Gooden of The Impressions is 74. Singer Rosalind Ashford of Martha and the Vandellas is 70. Singer K-Ci of K-Ci and JoJo is 44. Actor Katt Williams (”Norbit”) is 40.
Sept. 2, 1966: Professional baseball player, Frank Robinson was named MVP of the American League. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
After learning of a wheelchair bound fan in bad need of a kidney transplant, Williams gave her a thousand dollars in cash – and his autograph – after a recent performance.
TMZ says it went down in Boston last Sunday after the Katt man had finished his show and member of his security team noticed a woman crying in the audience
The woman insisted she was leaking “tears of joy” … after laughing for the first time since doctors told her she’s in desperate need of a new kidney.
The security team brought the woman backstage to meet with Katt — and he was so moved by her story, he excused himself from the room … only to reappear moments later with a folded up sheet of paper.
When the woman opened up the bindle, she was shocked to find ten 100 DOLLAR BILLS … along with a note that read, “God never leaves.”
Then came more tears of joy.
The woman spoke with TMZ and says the gift was an “awesome surprise.” And why is that? Well, she figured it being Katt that the package he gave her was full of weed or something.
Fortunately the green stuff was greenbacks!
*Mike Epps and Katt Williams will go heads up in “Blazin Four,” a Blazing Saddles-style action comedy about a ragtag quartet of gunslingers hired to protect a small town from marauding Mexican bandits.
Epps is playing Noah, a rather lowlife preacher who takes the job on in the hopes of finding redemption. Williams is El Loco, the menacing leader of the Mexican bandits. Found as a baby on a Mexican family’s doorstep, El Loco has no idea he is black — and none of his bandits has the nerve to tell him.
John Luessenhop and Gabriel Casseus, who produced Sony Screen Gems’ “Takers,” optioned the project and will produce. Luessenhop is considering directing the project, which they’re currently shopping around town.
*Katt Williams keeps it real … all the time.
While out promoting “Scary Movie 5,” he was sober. But that’s not the news.
He talked about his public breakdowns and fears and even discussed why he was done with Jamie Foxx’s performance as “Django.”
In a chat with BET.com, the actor and funny man was actually calm and sensible, a big difference from what most of us have witnessed in the past two years.
On being spoofed on SNL:
The young gentleman did me on Saturday Night Live recently. I thought that was funny. Probably because I didn’t expect it. In general, I’m not big enough to be spoofed. You have to be a big dinosaur entity to be spoofed.
On what “scares” him:
Every time I see the police. I’m in a state of fear. Even innocent. It’s just ingrained in me. The IRS is scary. It’s a lot of scary things in the world that’s why we can relate to kids. Throughout your life you find enough things to be scary of.
On insinuating that Jamie Foxx was gay:
I attempt to tell the truth on stage. I don’t make up stories for shock value. So while I can’t atone for everything I say on stage for I am operating under the spirt, I’m not allowed to take anything back afterwards….I didn’t mean for people to think that was the case….even if it is. That’s what comedy is about. It about you taking those words and making your statement.