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Katt Williams performs onstage at the 2005 BET Comedy Icon Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sept. 25, 2005 in Pasadena.
Comedian Katt Williams had planned to announce his retirement at home in Los Angeles, but a Seattle reporter caught up to him and got him to spill the beans early: Williams is retiring. It comes on the heels of multiple arrests and confrontations with fans.
“I’m just gonna go ahead and announce my retirement from standup,” Williams told a KOMO 4 reporter. “I’m kind of done. I’ve already discussed it with my kids. I wasn’t really gonna do it on a Seattle street. I was going to go to Los Angeles and do it in the offices of ICM or Live Nation.”
Williams also told KOMO that he wanted to offer $301,000 — cash — for the Washington State Ferry Rhododendron, which is up for auction, so that he had a place to stay with his family until his Thursday court date after being kicked out of four hotels in two days, the Seattle Times reports. Given his erratic behavior, we’ll see if this retirement sticks.
It’s a dramatic fall for a comedian who’s been in several popular films and TV shows, including “Friday After Next,” “Scary Movie 5,” “My Wife and Kids” and numerous standup specials, but whose self-described pimp persona has been what his career has been built on. His legal woes include a 2006 arrest at LAX when a stolen gun was found in his briefcase. Other local legal problems have included allegedly assaulting a tractor driver in L.A. County, beating a Berkeley man with a bottle on Williams’ tour bus and punching his assistant.
"Saturday Night Live" recently made fun of Williams after some of his earlier legal problems, with Jay Pharoah doing his impression of the troubled comedian:
Williams was ejected from a Seattle hotel Monday, the Associated Press reports, hours after he was released from jail after a fight at a Seattle bar Sunday. He said he didn’t know why he was kicked out, but the Seattle Times reports there were marijuana fumes coming from his room and causing other hotel guests to complain.
The Sunday bar incident included Williams arguing with someone, threatening the World Sports Grille manager with a pool cue and refusing to leave. He also allegedly flicked a lit cigarette into a woman’s face through a car window and threw a rock at the vehicle, the AP reports. He’d also allegedly been in a fight that didn’t involve police with that same patron Saturday night, Laughspin reports.
Williams’ wild weekend got started Friday, when he allegedly fought with three fans that tried taking a photo with him, the AP reports. He says they had forced their way into his his dressing room.
He also no-showed a Thursday performance, Laughspin reports.
Back on Nov. 25, Williams drove a three-wheel motorcycle on the sidewalk and ran several red lights in Sacramento, Laughspin reports, leading the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase. On Nov. 17 in Oakland, an audience member filed a class-action lawsuit against Williams for “non-performance” after he yelled at the audience and ditched out of his show early.