Katt Williams: Growth Spurt
Known just as much for his permed hair as he is for his animated performances and quick wit, comedian Katt Williams has been making his mark in Hollywood for over 10 years. Beginning his career at an age when most teenagers are seeking their driver's license, the young comic quickly discovered that he had a gift for making people laugh. Inspired by the likes of great humorists such as Richard Pryor, Donn Knotts, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Thomas Marshall, Jeff Foxworthy, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chapelle, whom he calls the "Malcolm X of comedy," Katt Williams' entertaining standup routines are laying the blueprint for a new generation of comics.
Katt Williams' talent extends over multiple mediums. Known to most for his breakout role in three seasons of Nick Cannon's highly-rated MTV improv show, "Wild n' Out," the funnyman has appeared in music videos for everyone from Outkast ("Roses") and Ludacris ("Stand Up" & "Number One Spot") to E-40 ("One Night Stand") and Lil' Kim ("Shut Up/Lighter's Up"), in addition to landing roles on the small and big screen. Some of his appearances include 'NYPD Blue', UPN's 'Girlfriends' and 'Cuts', 'The Tracy Morgan Show', 'Wanted', 'My Wife and Kids,' Russell Simmon's HBO Def Comedy Jam' alongside Dave Chappelle and Mike Epps and an animated character ("A Pimp Named Slickback") on the popular adult cartoon "The Boondocks." Katt also prepares to co-star in MTV's new half-hour improv series "Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz," which will feature topical sketches, impersonations, parodies and other comedic elements. Other cast members include Nick Cannon, Affion Crockett, Eliza Coupe, Leonard Robinson and Taran Killam. The show is set to premiere in March 2007 as part of the network's "10 Spot" lineup.
Katt continues to receive stamps of approvals from the urban and mainstream community alike for his brilliance and ingenuity on screen and on-stage including being named "hottest new comedian" in Rolling Stone Magazine as well as praise from African American comedic icons such as Steve Harvey who says, "He's one of the hottest comedians in the country." As if those artistic ventures weren't enough in September 2006 HBO aired "Katt Williams: Pimp Chronicles Pt.1," 60 minutes of hilarious new material from the entertaining comedian taped live in Atlanta with guest appearances from Cam'ron, Lil' Jon, Snoop Dogg, Andre 3000, Da Brat and Anthony Anderson to name a few. Williams was able to draw on his own experiences and his edgy take on life to bring the house down with laughter with his unique personality, pimp-esque charisma and endless supply of original jokes. Over 8 million people viewed the show and it quickly became the highest rated special on the HBO Network for both 2005 and 2006. To follow up that success Katt recently taped the sequel live in Chicago aptly titled "Pimp Chronicles Pt. 2" which will be released in movie theatres nationwide in Fall 2007.
Katt's prodigious talent seems to know no limits and he's eager to add the title of 'Hollywood Actor' to his repertoire. This past February he lit up the big screen with an unforgettable role in the Eddie Murphy film "Norbit" (Dreamworks) along with other stars including Cuba Gooding Jr., Eddie Griffin, Thandie Newton and Marlon Wayans and will appear in the as soon to be hit romantic comedy, "Perfect Christmas" (Flavor Unit Productions) featuring Terence Howard, Queen Latifah, Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union. In addition, Katt will star in the comedy "Marshals" (Dreamworks) along with co-star Eddie Murphy who will also produce the film. Katt remarks, "I'm on the grind 23/6. The blessing now is that I got the gift and I got the thing to work the gift and I got the reason to be working."