Katt Williams: “I Turn Tragedy Into Comedy”
Katt Williams is funny. Say what you want to say about him, but the man is funny. And he’s made millions by making us laugh. Despite his past exploits caught on video: From possession of drugs and challenging fellow comedians to now being on video of him throwing a punch at a kid and getting into a full blown fight with the child, who is only in 7th grade, Katt is still going strong.
In his 2014 stand-up special “Katt Williams: Priceless,” directed by Spike Lee, the highly sought-after comedian tells the crowd, “They arrested me five times in five cities in five days. What the f–k? I am not the International Man of Mystery.” But with a number of public meltdowns and triumphs, Katt Williams’ behavior does lead to many questions.
Born Micah Sierra Williams on September 2, 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Katt was raised in Dayton, Ohio. Williams emancipated himself from his parents at the age of 13, moved to Florida, and supported himself as a street vendor.
Now, 48 years old, Williams has been doing this comedy thing for a long time. As a teen, Williams travelled the country working for a carnival and did his first stand-up gig at a comedy club.
But Williams would soon find the road to fame littered with bumps and potholes, beginning with a charge of possession of a stolen gun at LAX in November 2006. The charge where he received three years probation.
But yet again, Katt won’t let anything hold him down. Whatever subject it may be, Katt has something to say about it. Here’s a 2016 interview of Katt Williams speaking about the killings of Black men and mission of Black Lives Matter.
In November 2008, he was arrested on gun charges hours before his Carnegie Hall debut. He made it barely on time, telling the crowd, “I just got out of jail about 35 minutes ago.” After the show, he announced his retirement — this would not stick — and gave most of his clothing and jewelry to the audience. A week later, he tried checking into a…