Q&A with comedian Katt Williams

Comedian, rapper and actor Katt Williams will be bringing his animated “Born Again…Again” tour to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a hilarious one-night engagement at the end of December. The uninhibited stand-up comic best known for his role as Money Mike in the comedy film “Friday After Next,” not only gave us the inside scoop on his upcoming Vegas show but also explained to us why he is like Tiger Woods among other (what we like to call) Katt Facts.

What inspires you as a comedian?
My fans and I have an open dialogue and I am really inspired by the fact that every time I come to see them, there is another set of things that we have to discuss, that we always feel better when we discuss it and we always end up laughing about things that we were previously crying about, and so that’s always inspirational for me. An example of that is I suppose like if you’re an athlete — it’s hard for you to tailor your performance for certain situations but if you’re feeling really good on your birthday you have more tackles than you would normally have had. Whereas with me, it can been something small that changes my frame of reference, which helps me. On the last show when we did Louisville and Cincinnati we went to the children’s hospitals before the shows and so just being able to do that, that close to Thanksgiving, is reiterating with me how much we really need to be thankful and not complain so much, and I was able to relate that comically to the audience and they gave it right back to me.

What do you like most about performing in Las Vegas?
Well the most fun part about doing stand-up is the fact that whichever city you’re in at the time, your comedy audience is a barometer of the city and so you’re able to take the temperature of the city based upon your audience. Vegas is the only place in the country where even though you’re in front of a full audience, only a portion of that audience is from Vegas and the rest of that population is from everywhere in the United States. And they say if you can make it in L.A., you can make it anywhere, and if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, but if your material can make it in Vegas, then your material can make it anywhere.

What do you do for fun when you’re in Las Vegas?
I win at gambling when I’m there. For fun, I explore all of the extreme shooting and those types of things. Vegas offers those little cheesy safari things [and] I like to do all of that stuff. Vegas is really a foodie mecca if you know what you’re doing and so I enjoy that part of Vegas as well.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
Well I can already tell you that that’s not fair because I haven’t gotten there this time yet, and I have never been to Vegas and didn’t leave with a brand new restaurant in my pocket that I’m all hype about so I really don’t know which one it’s going to be this time. I do know that I’m going to get to one of my favorite places in the world when I’m in Vegas and that’s the golf course at the Wynn. And so between the golf game I intend to have at The Wynn and the drinks that I intend to have after that, I think everything will be wonderful.

How is your golf game?
Here’s the thing… When I started golfing, I didn’t know if I was going to be good or not. I didn’t take lessons. I just wanted to see if I liked playing and I really did, and that’s when Tiger had all of his gusto and so I wanted to somehow be able to feel that I could play like Tiger and Tiger started sucking and now I do play like Tiger. And so it’s been a beautiful relationship for my self-esteem.

What can fans expect of your show?
Really, really fast-paced. My shows are fast-paced anyways but my Vegas show is even faster just because Vegas has such a frantic pace to it. But what you should expect is for you to park, come in, get some drinks and from the very second that the show starts, it’s just going to be laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, new person — laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, new person — laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, new person. Me — laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh — we go home. You can’t do that to anything with a spirit or a soul and not make them better. It doesn’t matter how bad your life is — you can’t come somewhere and laugh for two hours straight and it be worse for you and so that’s what it’s all about and that’s what you should expect.

How do you write your jokes?
Initially, whatever jokes happened [in real-life situations], I would pull that particular joke and then I would try to put those jokes together and have a soliloquy. Now it’s a little different because I’m speaking for so many people and when you’re speaking for millions of people, then what you’re trying to do is you’re trying to establish what the narrative is first and then find the pieces that fit the narrative so you’re giving them a cohesive story. So comically I’m looking at this not show to show or special to special, but I’m looking at it as if you put all of my specials together, if you have all nine of them together, the story is [fluid].

Who is your comedic idol?
I’ve always been a loyal subject of King Richard Pryor. I’ve always known that Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock were the high princes. I was always acutely aware of Bernie Mac’s kingship and Dave Chappelle was always someone that I met and that I always knew that I would never truly be funnier than. So it was a tutelage of those guys and Larry The Cable Guy, who I have found to be quite iconic, and my friend Jay Leno. I’ve had some pretty good markers for stand-up and have been very, very proud to be in any way mentioned with the likes.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
Besides marijuana, I’ve never even tried another drug.

Tell us about the Dave Chappelle Twitter scandal that happened.
I was spending a portion of my time trying to get Dave Chappelle to come back to stand-up and I was just constantly bombarding him you know, all different angles, ‘you gotta get out there!,’ just constantly and we hadn’t seen each other for maybe like two months and then on the news, you know, people are hitting me, telling me you know, ‘Dave Chappelle is really dissing you hard on Twitter!’ And I knew that couldn’t be the case so I just ignored it and then when I heard it again it was, ‘man you’re dissing Dave Chappelle!’ And then we found out it was a fake Katt Williams dissing a fake Dave Chappelle and it was just kind of surreal. It was like in a split-time continuum for a second where there’s two entities having a conversation while the real entities watched; it was weird [but] me and Dave have been good since I’ve known him and we will continue to be friends with no problems [between] me and him ever.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
Make sure I look tall in the blog!


Trading one desert for another, I moved to Las Vegas from Arizona nearly three years ago. It was something about the sparkling lights and the all-encompassing entertainment factor that persuaded me to swap cacti for casinos and dry heat for well…even drier heat. And while I do love a good show, I will always keep true to my country girl ways seeing that I am an absolute sucker for a good country concert and will always indulge the opportunity to go out country dancing! But in a city that undoubtedly has some of the world’s best cuisine, a wild assortment of endless experiences, and of course phenomenal shows, Vegas certainly has that unparalleled good time vibe that can make a city slicker out of just about anyone… including myself!