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Katt Williams, amid rocky tour, says he's quitting stand-up comedy

December 04, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla

What the heck is up with Katt Williams? The comedian on Monday told a Seattle TV station that he's quitting his chosen profession.

"I'm just going to go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up," he told KOMO News in an interview as he exited what he said was the fourth hotel he'd been asked to leave in two days. "I'm kind of done."

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The 41-year-old, whose real name is Micah Williams, said he hadn't planned to give the news on a Seattle street, but rather back in L.A. at the offices of ICM or concert promoter LiveNation.

He also told the station's videographer that was going to offer $301,000 cash for a state ferry, so he'd have somewhere to stay in Seattle until a Thursday court date.

Williams was arrested Sunday afternoon, according to seattlepi.com, after a bar fight in which police said he'd brandished a pool cue at a bar manager and followed a family outside to their car, flicking a cigarette at the face of a woman in the car and throwing a rock at the vehicle.

Williams has been having a rocky time of it as he tours the West Coast.

In Oakland on Nov. 16 he had a meltdown on stage, leaving the stage just 10 minutes into his act after taking off his clothes and challenging several audience members to fight. A Modesto man, one of two people to file a lawsuit related to the performance, was seeking class-action status to sue on behalf of all the audience members.

Before that, in the wee hours Nov. 15, Williams had been arrested in connection with a fight the night of Nov. 14, where according to the Oakland Tribune he was accused of whacking an 18-year-old aspiring rapper from Berkeley on the head with a bottle. The comic was released before noon the same day he was arrested without any charges being pressed.

In Sacramento on Nov. 25, driving a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle, he led police on a chase through sidewalks and walkways downtown after they approached him on a disturbing-the-peace complaint, according to Fox40 News (see video below). A ways into the chase, he reportedly doffed his helmet and told cops, "I'm not going to stop"; the chase was reportedly called off after police decided it was too dangerous to continue.

Williams later was caught on videotape in a Target in Woodland, Calif., slapping an employee and then leaving in one of those little electric carts before getting back on his Spyder in the parking lot. The employee, who called 911 on Williams, wound up getting fired for unknown reasons, according to TMZ. 

According to StubHub, Williams has December concert dates set for Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Ala., Kansas City and Indianapolis, with a couple on tap in Vegas in January.

The "Norbit" actor will be seen on screen next year in "Scary Movie 5."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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