Wednesday, July 9, 2008

KATT WILLIAMS TO STAR IN HIS OWN COMEDY CENTRAL SKETCH COMEDY SHOW.


Katt Williams is getting his hustle on at Comedy Central. The self-described "pimp" is close to wrapping a deal that will net him a pilot for a sketch comedy series as well as a comedy special, reports Variety. Williams will star in and executive produce the series, along with Jeff Golenberg and Michael Green. Details of the sketch comedy are still being hammered out.

In related news, Williams' It's Pimpin' Pimpin' tour ranks as one of Pollstar's top live comedy acts of 2008 thus far, generating $17 million in ticket sales and volume of half a million ticketbuyers since it kicked off in January. The special, shot during the Washington, D.C., leg of the tour, is the part-three continuation of Williams' successful Pimp Chronicles franchise. Katt Williams: Pimp Chronicles Part 1 and last year's follow-up, Katt Williams: American Hustle, both released on disc by Salient Media, have sold a combined 1.2 million DVD units. Part 1, which was taped in Atlanta, garnered 3.6 million viewers on HBO in 2006, making it the cable company's top-rated comedy spesh that year. American Hustle, which combined scripted sequences with 2007 tour footage and included appearances by Snoop Dogg, Jeremy Piven and Ludacris, made its TV premiere in January on Comedy Central.

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Williams has had roles in a number of features of late, including DreamWorks' Norbit and Sony's First Sunday. He's also attached to star in helmer John Whitesell's upcoming Mission: Intolerable. He has also been seen on Nick Cannon's MTV improv series Wild 'N' Out, NYPD Blue, UPN's Girlfriends, The Tracy Morgan Show, My Wife and Kids, as well as the popular adult cartoon The Boondocks, where he provided the voice for an animated pimp named "Slickback."

Williams currently resides in Los Angeles with his eight children.

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