In a recent three-hour interview with ESPN First Take correspondent Shannon Sharpe on his podcast, Club Shay Shay, Katt Williams unleashed a no-holds-barred tirade that shook the internet to its core. Williams, known for his bold and unfiltered style, spared no comedian from his scorching remarks.
Williams Comments on Fellow Comedians
From Kevin Hart to Steve Harvey, no one was safe from his piercing words. This interview not only sparked controversy and debate but also shed light on the inner workings of the entertainment industry and the struggles faced by Black comedians.
“As a comedian, the audience’s opinion is the only opinion that matters,” he said. “Not you, the writer, none of that. I don’t think any comedian has ever been booed unnecessarily, either. … That’s supposed to be used as a learning experience. Most comedians don’t get booed enough. I mean, this is how you end up with a Michael Blackson, who’s a real African don’t a fake African accent.”
At the beginning of the interview, Williams commended Shannon Sharpe for providing a safe space to share the truth. He expressed his frustration with “lowbrow comedians” who disrespected Sharpe and spread lies. Williams saw this interview as an opportunity to set the record straight and tell his side of the story.
During the interview, Williams aired personal grievances with several comedians, such as Cedric the Entertainer, accusing him of stealing jokes.
“Cedric told you when you asked him, ‘Did you steal Katt Williams’ joke?’ He said, ‘It don’t line up,'” Williams said. “How it don’t line up that I did it on TV in 2018? You came to see me at the Comedy Store do it in 2019, and then did it on The Kings of Comedy?’ What doesn’t line up? This is a televised joke that Mark Curry helped me punch up and get to the level that it was.”
Williams accused Steve Harvey plagiarized Mark Curry’s role as Mark Cooper on The Steve Harvey Show.
“The same Steve that went to go watch Mark Curry do his whole sitcom and then stole everything Mark Curry had,”
“Now Steve got a sitcom where he the principal, and he wear a suit. And then he gets this high-top fade, making all Black men think he got the best lineup in the business. And it’s a man unit.”
He also claimed that Harvey would never make it as a movie star, which is why he sticks to hosting.
“Then you ask him, ‘Why you not a movie star?’ ‘I didn’t want to be a movie star,'” Williams continued, mimicking Harvey. “This the same negro that hated on Bernie [Mac] with this same thing.
There are 30,000 new scripts in Hollywood every year. Not one of them asked for a country bumpkin Black dude that can’t talk good […] and look like Mr. Potato Head. There ain’t none. You have to have range.”
Kevin Hart wasn’t safe in all the shots fired while Katt broke down Harts career.
“In 15 years in Hollywood, no one in Hollywood has a memory of going to a sold-out Kevin Hart,” Williams said. “He already had his deals when he got here. Have we heard of a comedian that came to L.A. and in his first year in L.A. he had his own sitcom on network television and had his own movie called Soul Plane that he was leading? No, we’ve never heard of that before. … What do you think a plant is? Maybe people don’t understand the definitions of these words.”
Even before the interview finished premiering on YouTube, it went viral on Twitter, sparking memes, jokes, and fact-checking. Williams’s remarks provoked responses from some of his targets, leading to a broader conversation about the exposure and opportunities available to young Black comedians compared to their older counterparts.
Williams’ comments on Kevin Hart raised eyebrows, challenging the perception of Hart’s rise to success in Hollywood.
Williams’ Take on Celebs in the Music and Film Industry
Williams didn’t spare other celebrities, including Diddy, Jonathan Majors, Ludacris, Martin Lawrence, and Taraji P. Henson.
He also pointed out Diddy’s ownership over women. “When I see people’s wives and stuff, I don’t even look at them. I don’t wanna look at nothing I don’t wanna have because I know how blessed I am,” he said. “If I look at it, I got it. That’s how Diddy be feeling.” “
Throughout the lengthy podcast episode, claimed Ludacris to be part of the Illuminati.
“So there was a crossroads where we were both invited to an Illuminati thing, and it had to be one or the other of us and decisions had to be made. So it was both of us. We were equal. One of us had to cut off all their hair and couldn’t do the sideburn thing no more, with the points,” he said. “And the next person they said was going to get $200 million because they were going to pay him $10 million a movie to do 20 movies. And that’s how the conversation happened. One of those persons turned out to be Ludacris, and the other person turned out to be Katt Williams.”
Through his candid remarks, Williams shed light on the inner workings of the entertainment industry. He highlighted the challenges faced by Black actors and comedians, the influence of gatekeepers, and the lack of fair compensation for established talents like Taraji P. Henson.
Katt Williams’s interview with Shannon Sharpe was a groundbreaking moment that shook the internet and ignited conversations about the realities of Hollywood. While some may question Williams’s reliability as a narrator, the interview provided a platform for him to share his experiences and opinions candidly. It also raised important questions about representation, fairness, and the struggles faced by Black comedians in the entertainment industry. Whether you agree or disagree with Williams’s claims, there’s no denying that his boldness and willingness to speak his truth have made a lasting impact.