Katt Williams is a comedian, actor and rapper whose off-stage controversies have often garner as much attention as his on-stage accomplishments. His credits include the films Rebound, Epic Movie and Friday After Next, and the TV series NYPD Blue and Wild n’ Out.
Born in 1973 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Katt Williams is a comedian and actor who has appeared in films such as Rebound (2005), Epic Movie (2007) and Norbit (2007). His most famous role was in the 2002 film Friday After Next, in which he played “Money Mike.” He has also appeared on various television series, including NYPD Blue, The Tracy Morgan Show and the MTV improv program Wild n’ Out.
Born Micah Sierra Williams on September 2, 1973, Katt Williams is a comedian, actor and rapper whose off-stage controversies have at times garnered as much attention as his on-stage accomplishments. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but raised in Dayton, Williams emancipated himself from his parents at the age of 13, moved to Florida, and supported himself as a street vendor. His first stand-up performance came in his teens, when he thrilled the crowd with a five-minute improv routine.
Encouraged by his early success, Williams honed his unique comic delivery by performing his routine in clubs nationwide, from Oklahoma to Oakland, California. By 1999, Katt had become an established comic, appearing on stage at the likes of The Improv, The Comedy Club, The Icehouse and The Hollywood Park Casino.
Katt Williams made a guest appearance on television’s NYPD Blue in 2002, followed by roles on The Tracy Morgan Show, My Wife and Kids, The Boondocks and various other TV series. He gained notoriety on the MTV improv show Wild n’ Out, on which he appeared for three seasons.
Williams’s film debut came in 2002, when he performed in his most famous role to date, as “Money Mike” in Friday After Next—and subsequently earned the moniker for his side career as a rap artist. Other film credits include performances in Rebound (2005), Epic Movie (2007) and Norbit (2007).
Along with his TV and film appearances, Katt Williams has continued to perform stand-up around the country, though nearly half a dozen of his shows were canceled in late 2012, amidst a flurry of legal problems.
Controversy and Criminal Record
In December 2012, Williams was arrested outside a bar in Seattle, Washington, following an altercation with three fans. Shortly after the incident, he announced on a local news broadcast that he was retiring from stand-up comedy, but retracted his statement a few days later.
A warrant for Williams’s arrest was issued in January 2013, stemming from a November 2012 incident during which the comedian was reportedly chased by police officers while riding a three-wheeled motorbike in downtown Sacramento, California.
Gabriel Iglesias has been described as a witty, electrifying and talented performer, who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience. His high-octane show is a sure-fire hit: a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. Gabriel’s unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.
Gabriel’s first two DVD specials “Hot & Fluffy” and “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy” have sold well over 1 million copies. In response to the robust demand, Gabriel will record a third one-hour Comedy Central DVD special, “Aloha Fluffy” to air on Comedy Central in Spring 2013.
“Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution,” premiered on Comedy Central in October 2011 and was one of the highest rated stand-up series on the network. The series starred Gabriel, who hosted and performed stand-up material and featured an array of talented and diverse comedians, which he personally selected. The highly anticipated second season of “Stand-Up Revolution” was taped in Ft. Lauderdale and premieres on Comedy Central in Fall of 2012. Gabriel was individually nominated for a 2012 ALMA Award in the category: Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act.
Gabriel’s numerous television credits include: Cartoon Network’s “The Annoying Orange,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” FOX TV’s “The Family Guy,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Gabriel has co-hosted top rated YouTube series’, Ray William Johnson’s “=3” and “Epic Meal Time.” Gabriel also starred in the Warner Bros. mega-hit movie, “Magic Mike.” He was top billed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Toronto. In 2009 and 2010, Gabriel was selected to headline the unique Amman Jordan Comedy Festival, the first of its kind in the Arab world. He has sold out performances around the globe, including Australia, Europe, the U.K. and Saudi Arabia. Touring in 2012 and 2013 will include: U.S., Canada, Australia (Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney), Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden & Norway), the U.K. (London & Nottingham), Singapore, Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Khobar), Qatar (Doha) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). Gabriel Iglesias’ appeal continues to expand worldwide.
5 QUESTIONS FOR FLUFFY
1. What is your full name?
Gabriel J. Iglecias. My Dad wanted to name me Jesus Jose Iglesias, but my Mom said there were too many Jesus’s and Jose’s in Mexico, and since my Dad wasn’t there when I was born she took it upon herself to name me Gabriel. If you notice my last name above has a C where there should be an S. Well my Mom was pissed off that my Dad was not there for his only son’s birth, so to mess with his “machismo” ( Dumb Mexican Pride ) she changed the spelling of my last name to annoy him and later in life Me. Every time I check into an airport and they can’t find my last name in the system, it’s because 33 yrs earlier my Dad couldn’t get his macho ass to the hospital!!!!!
2. Where did you grow up?
I spent most of my life in Long Beach, but I was born in San Diego. My Mom and I lived in a couple of different cities before we finally migrated to Long Beach. We made pit stops in Riverside, Corona, Santa Ana, Baldwin Park, Compton ( Don’t ask ) and then Long Beach.
3. What do you like to do when your not performing?
Hanging out with my family and friends so I can hear them give me crap about how they have real jobs…. haters!!!! I love them though. My mom is my biggest fan…. even though she still doesn’t get the jokes. Aside from hanging out I love tv, movies, play-station (Madden), going to Vegas, chatting online, meeting new people and sleeping…. a lot!
4. What is your strongest quality?
Outside of my sense of humor, my patience is number one! I never try to rush things because then they don’t turn out right. I hang out with a bunch of laggers and have yet to snap on them for dragging their feet. Anyone else would have left them behind.
5. What one word best describes Gabriel?