Katt Williams Will Bring His Freshly Permed Follicles to the Set of Black-ish in New Role

Roast Master Katt Williams arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav on July 22, 2007 in Burbank, California.
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Comeback King Katt Williams is on a roll—and he has a new role.

“It’s Katt’s big chance, maybe his last chance at a real comeback!” a source told In Touch. Though the comedian has been previously plagued with drug and crime issues, the source also added that Williams is “sober, he’s on his best behavior and the cast loves him.”


Just recently, Williams was arrested for allegedly assaulting a driver in Portland, Oregon, so landing a gig on a mainstream network show is no small feat for the petite performer.

Williams will be portraying the estranged father of Kyra (Quvenzhané Wallis), a young cousin of Dre’s who spends time with the Johnsons when her mom isn’t fully equipped to take care of her.

“It’s definitely a comeback for Katt. This is a big deal,” the source continued. “He was on Atlanta, but this is a mainstream, family-friendly, network series. If Katt f–ks this up, he’s never getting another shot. Everyone is rooting for him, especially stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson.”

Williams made a splash as the infamous Alligator Man in Atlanta: Robbin’ Season, a performance that ultimately secured him the Emmy bag. The 47-year-old actor won the 2018 statuette for Guest Actor - Comedy Series.


A Katt Williams appearance on Black-ish will be dope. Imagine the banter between his character and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis). Shading Bow’s white side by calling her a “BOGO white” or something. Or clowning Dre’s shoe collection because he doesn’t have any Stacy Adams. He’ll definitely have something to say about the specialness that is Junior (Marcus Scribner) and Jack (Miles Brown). It’s a toss-up between whether he and Diane (Marsai Martin) will play the dozens or become best friends because they’re the same person. Either is possible.

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