Katt Williams

Comic turns 'funny into money' with 'Chronicles'

Williams’ “Pimp Chronicles, Part 2” tour earlier this year sold out shows in every major market across the country.

While the 34-year-old comic was out on the road, an estimated 3.6 million HBO viewers watched Williams’ “The Pimp Chronicles, Part 1,” making it one of the pay cabler’s highest-rated comedy specials in the last two years. “Chronicles” DVD sales, meanwhile, have gone triple platinum.

Williams has also found time to appear in a number of features, starting with a role alongside Eddie Murphy in “Norbit.” Upcoming, he’ll be featured in “A Perfect Holiday” opposite Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard. He’ll also star alongside Ice Cube in “First Sunday,” playing a criminal duo determined to rip off their own church.

Williams also has two-pic deals with Sony’s Screen Gems, DreamWorks and Our Stories Films. He also has another DVD in the queue, “Katt Williams: American Hustle,” arriving next week.

Point of view

“The two-picture deals allow us to put up or shut up,” Williams says. “We’ve got a couple of chances to make our partners happy. We’re just about the funny. Fortunately, the trick is for us to turn the funny into money. That’s what we do.”

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