Earlier this month, HBO's president of programming announced that Katt Williams will be filming a new stand-up comedy special for the premium network. Legendary “Do the Right Thing” director Spike Lee with be directing the project, which is set to be filmed at Williams' May 17 show in Ontario.
Williams has previously worked with HBO on his hilarious 2006 special “The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1.” Lee also has a history with the network, collaborating with them on the Hurricane Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” and the intimate Mike Tyson special, “Undisputed Truth.” Later this year, Lee will also be directing “Neighbors,” actor Jerrod Carmichael's debut HBO special.
Williams began his stand-up career as a teenager and later began generating buzz on the stand-up circuit in the 1990s. In the 2000s, Williams broke into television, performing his "pimp meets preacher" brand of comedy on influential shows like BET's “Comicview,” “Def Comedy Jam” and “Comics Unleashed.” During this time, Williams also made the jump into acting and improv with memorable appearances on “The Tracy Morgan Show,” “My Wife and Kids,” and Nick Cannon's “Wild 'N Out.”
In recent years, Williams has gained a reputation for being a wildcard in both his personal and professional life. He was arrested on assault and child endangerment charges and billed $4 million by the IRS for back taxes. In 2012, Williams was also involved in several incidents in which he aggressively confronted hecklers at his shows, to the point that Williams had to be escorted off the stage by security. Things got so bad that the “Friday After Next” funnyman briefly considered retiring from comedy.
As bad as things got, Williams still remains positive about the future. In a January interview with the New York Times, Williams said,
I failed miserably, and the blessing when you strike out really bad is, it makes the home runs look better.”
While reaching new heights with his stand-up career, Williams is also focussing on acting. He is reuniting with Nick Cannon for the high school comedy “School Dance,” and is rumored to appear in the currently untitled “Best Man” sequel, alongside Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard.
There is no word yet as to when Williams' new special will be airing on HBO, but you can get a first look by attending Williams' performance at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario this weekend. A limited number of tickets are available here for this soon-to-be legendary performance.