Katt Williams close to Comedy deal

'Pimp Chronicles' comedian to get pilot, special

Top-ranked touring comedian Katt Williams is close to wrapping up a deal with Comedy Central for a pilot as well as a special.

Series is envisioned as sketch comedy, but details are still being hammered out. Williams will star and exec produce, along with Jeff Golenberg and Michael Green.

Culminating July 4 in Las Vegas, 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 cabler’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.

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.”

(Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.)