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KATT WILLIAMS (Rickey) is known as much for his permed hair as for his animated performances and quick wit. Williams began paving his path to Hollywood over a decade ago. At an age when most teenagers are eagerly anticipating getting their drivers' licenses, 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, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Dave Chappelle, Williams' incomparably acerbic standup routines are laying the blueprint for a new generation of comics. He is currently wrapping up his 100-city "The Pimp Chronicles Tour,” selling out theaters in every major market across the country. Recently, he was also added to the very short list of comedians to earn the honor of performing at Radio City Music Hall; he promptly sold out those two dates as well. 

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Dayton, Williams was the product of a socially and politically charged household. At the age of 13, longing to express his creative side, he emancipated himself from his parents and moved to Florida, where he sold flowers and magazines on the side of the road. He honed his skills during open-mic nights at local clubs, where he could sneak into the venues underage with the only other patrons not asked for I.D. – the comedians. In 1999, he became a notable presence at The Improv, The Comedy Club and The Icehouse, and he had his own room at The Hollywood Park Casino. Williams also won Cedric the Entertainer's Anheuser-Busch Best Los Angeles Comics Award that year. Since then, he has performed stand-up on many shows, such as "Comedy Campus,” BET's "Comic View,” both the 2005 and 2006 BET Comedy Awards, The 2006 Def Comedy Jam, and several late-night talk shows including "The Late Show with David Letterman” and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

In 2006, Code Black Entertainment released Williams' HBO special, "Katt Williams: Pimp Chronicles Part 1.” Taped live in Atlanta, the show featured guest appearances from Cam'ron, Lil' Jon, Snoop Dogg, Andre 3000 and Anthony Anderson. The highest-rated comedy special to air on the network in the previous two years, it garnered 3.6 million viewers and has since gone triple platinum in DVD sales. The follow up, Pimp Chronicles Part 2, will be released theatrically. 

On the big screen, Williams was seen in the comedy Norbit for Paramount Pictures, opposite Eddy Murphy. He is also featured in the independent feature A Perfect Christmas, starring Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard, and as Money Mike in Friday After Next, starring Ice Cube.

Williams also conquered the land of television comedy on Nick Cannon's MTV improv series ‘Wild ‘N' Out,” and graced several hit television shows with cameo appearances. Some of these shows include "NYPD Blue,” UPN's "Girlfriends,” "The Tracy Morgan Show,” "My Wife and Kids,” as well as the popular adult cartoon "The Boondocks,” for which he provided the voice of an animated pimp named Slickback. Williams wrote for and appeared on "Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz” and has contributed to music videos for many musical groups and performers, from OutKast and Ludacris to E-40 and Lil' Kim. 

In addition to television, film, and stand-up, his debut rap album, "It's Pimpin, Pimpin,” was released in 2007 by Cam'ron's Diplomat label and features Snoop Dogg, E-40, Da Brat and Lil' John. In 2006, Williams brought his comedic genius to the stage as the host of the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. His self-created "Money Mike Pimp Phone Ringing” ringtone remains the most downloaded on Urban World Wireless. 

Williams currently resides in Los Angeles with his eight children.


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