Last month, Katt Williams made headlines for his erratic behavior during his February 7 show for his “Born Again . . . Again” tour stop at Philips Arena, resulting in the cancelation of his February 8 show. Given that the comedian who came to prominence in Friday After Next has a checkered history that has resulted in several mugshots, many were gun-shy about attending his March 1 make-up show. So many more, however, kept the faith and showed up in impressive numbers. And Katt Williams did not disappoint, as he was in rare, maybe even legendary, form.
Before Williams hit the stage good, he explained his last appearance, hilariously going through the details of the bite from a brown recluse spider that led to a staph infection. While recounting his elongated nine-day Atlanta-area stay where he was treated at Gwinnett Medical Center, the Ohio native touched upon Atlanta weather (“Every time I woke up I thought it was a new day and a new weather that was the same weather that we had just had.” “Is the storm going in or going out?” “Y’all f*** with yall mayor so muthaf***ing bad from the last time this n**** is gun-shy now; if you go to Wendy’s and order a frosty that n**** is closing the schools down. Shut it down. Shut it all down.”), the Hawks, even scooping up a chicken biscuit at the Atlanta Airport.
As the show moved on, Williams addressed his multiple arrests and how he was now on a new path. “I can’t go to jail no mutha****ing more. I just can’t ****ing go. I just. Nope,” he told the enthusiastic crowd. Keeping it transparent, he even addressed being with Suge Knight when the infamous Death Row Records was shot multiple times in a L.A. club.
Williams renounced his notorious homophobia through funny bits where he shouted out Modern Family. Even more fearless, he tackled Bill Cosby’s fallen legacy. “I thought it was Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Bill Cosby,” Williams said, relaying Cosby’s iconic status. “You want to tell me that the pudding n**** is the greatest rapist of all time. . . . If you do 32 anything (referring to the numbers of women now alleging that Cosby raped them), you are one of the greatest.”
The funnyman was not saluting Cosby by any stretch of the imagination. “Women let me be very muthaf****ing clear, let me be very mutha****ing clear, I am not making light of mutha****ing rape,” he said. “Rape is some of the most demonic, mutha****ing serious ****ing sh** you could f****ing do.”
By the time the show came to a close, the very grateful Williams had indeed redeemed himself, leaving no doubts that his next Atlanta show will definitely sell out Philips Arena.