KATT WILLIAMS (Seamus), renowned for his standup comedy, made his feature film debut in 2002 with “Friday After Next,” starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. He went on to appear in the films “Rebound,” with Martin Lawrence, Damon Wayans’ “Behind the Smile,” “Epic Movie,” “Norbit,” “First Sunday” and, most recently, “Lonely Street” and the Robert Townsend documentary “Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy.”
Determined to become a comedian like his childhood idols, Williams emancipated himself at 13 and become a street vendor, crafting his comedy in the stand-up circuits of Florida, Oklahoma, New Orleans and Sacramento. His big break came in 1999 when he won Cedric the Entertainer’s Anheuser-Busch “Best Los Angeles Comics” Award. In 2001, he was chosen as one of the New Faces at the Montreal Comedy Festival and simultaneously landed an overall deal with NBC.
Williams guest-starred on “NYPD Blue” in 2002, and has since made numerous television appearances, including roles on “The Tracy Morgan Show,” “The Boondocks,” “My Wife and Kids” and “Cuts.” He performed on BET’s “Comic View” and “Def Comedy Jam” and was a cast member on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv show “Wild ‘n Out.”
In 2006, Williams starred in his own HBO stand-up comedy show, “The Pimp Chronicles Part 1,” and has gone on to star in several video releases including “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin,’” “Katt Williams: American Hustle,” “Katt Williams Live” and “Katthouse Comedy,” that he also wrote and produced. He has been featured at some of the country’s top venues, including Los Angeles’ Improv, The Laugh Factory and Universal’s Gibson Ampitheatre, and most recently appeared with Kathy Griffin in “My Life on the D-List” and “Kathy at the Apollo.”
Rapping under the name Money Mike, Williams has also contributed to songs by The Game, Baby Bash and Suga Free, and has appeared on videos for a range of artists including Ludacris, Lil’ Kim, E40 and Outkast.