Katt Williams says he's drawing the curtain on his stand-up comedy career after his recent problems with the law that culminated in his latest arrest on Monday (December 3, 2012). Williams - whose comedic style is often compared to Richard Pryor's - was in Seattle to perform over the weekend, though his alleged aggressive behaviour in a bar put an end to that.
He was also involved in incidents in Sacramento and Oakland during his comedy tour, including leading police on a bizarre chase and slapping a Target employee before escaping on a motorized cart. Speaking to Seattle TV station KOMO on Monday night, Williams said, "I'm just going to go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up.I'm kinda done." Speaking after he was ejected from a south Lake Union hotel, Williams added, "I've already discussed it with my kids. I wasn't really going to do it on a Seattle street. I was going to Los Angeles and do it in the offices of ICM (talent agency) or LiveNation (concert promoters). His most recent arrest related to an argument in a local bar, with the comedian accused of brandishing a pool cue at the manager and refusing to leave.
Should Williams stay true to his word, it would certainly be a sad end for a performer once considered a true rising star of American comedy. His first courted attention in 1999, before making television appearances on the BET network and filming several movies including Eddie Murphy's Norbit.