Katt Williams Says Cedric The Entertainer Stole His ‘Best Joke’


Katt Williams has a bone to pick with some of his fellow comedians, and he’s not holding back any of his gripes.

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The comedian made an appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast this week, where he took shots at Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart, and Rickey Smiley.

During their conversation, Williams insisted that he needed to address the lies said about him by what he referred to as “low-brow comedians,” going on to call the three aforementioned funny guys a “gang.”

“For 30 years, they’re a group. These aren’t three random guys,” Katt said. “All of these dudes are co-entwined and they share secrets, and this is the age of truth.”

More specifically, Williams called out Cedric The Entertainer for plagiarism, accusing the comedian on stealing his joke from a comedy set in the late ’90s.

“This is not just a random joke. This is my very best joke and it’s my last joke, and it’s my closing joke,” Williams explained. “1998, I’m doing this joke. It’s on ‘ComicView.’ Cedric comes to The Comedy Store. He watches me in the audience. He comes backstage. He tells me what a great job I did and how much he loves the joke.”

“Two years later, he’s doing that as his last joke on ‘The (Original) Kings Of Comedy,’ and he’s doing it verbatim,” he said.

Though Katt says he initially let Cedric slide for stealing his joke, that all changed when Cedric denied taking any material from him.

“He thought that I was just a no-name comedian and that he could take this joke and nobody would know,” Williams said.

In response to these allegations, Cedric the Entertainer took to Instagram to issue a response. He commented under the clip of Katt calling him out and called his retelling of events “Revisionist History.”

“Regardless of whatever Katts opinion My career can’t be reduced to One Joke Katt Williams claims as his,” his comment continued. “I been over 40 movies, my specials and brand speaks volumes for I am. The ppl I have put on including “Katt in the Hat”. At the Gibson Amphitheater.”

Moving on to Rickey Smiley, Williams took this opportunity to respond to claims he had previously made while talking to Sharpe in his own interview.

In 2002, Smiley and Williams co-starred in Friday After Next, with Kat playing Money Mike and Rickey playing Santa Claus. Smiley recently told Sharpe that he originally had the role of Mike, which Williams denies.

“This man told you he had Katt Williams’ role. He was going to be Money Mike, and Katt Williams was going to be the Santa Claus,” Williams began. “We auditioned in Los Angeles. I was audition No. 201. Two-hundred Black comedians auditioned for the role of Money Mike with me. You’re saying all 201 of us was auditioning, and you had already had the role and had already shot the role in four days?”

After working together in Friday After Next, Williams claimed he had a clause placed in his contract stating that he would only work with Smiley if he was wearing a dress.

“Now, what was Rickey Smiley’s next movie? Was it First Sunday? Did he wear a dress in it? You bet he did. It’s in my contract.” Katt said. “That’s where he’s a believable actor. Him and Tyler Perry can’t play a man to save their life. They play good women.”

Rickey Smiley swiftly responded to Williams’ comments, saying that he’s not going to go after Katt because he has a family and those comments affect everyone.

“I don’t like the way that made my kids feel,” he said about the comedian’s claims.

“We wanna wish Katt Williams the best on whatever, it ain’t nothing but love over here, just because we don’t agree,” Smiley said in his response.

When it comes to Steve Harvey, Williams once again threw around allegations of plagiarism.

According to Katt, Harvey lifted the premise of his show, The Steve Harvey Show, from comedian Mark Curry. Curry starred as teacher Mark Cooper on the sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, while Harvey played a high school music teacher on his sitcom.

“The same Steve that went to go watch Mark Curry do his whole sitcom and then stole everything Mark Curry had,” Williams said. “Now Steve got a sitcom where he’s the principal and he wears a suit.”

Williams also took a shot at Harvey’s acting, poking holes in the Family Feud host’s previous claims that he didn’t want to pursue a career in film.

“You couldn’t be a movie star. There are 30,000 new scripts in Hollywood every year. Not one of them asked for a country bumpkin Black dude that can’t talk good…and look like Mr. Potato Head,” Williams said. “There ain’t none. You have to have range.”

Williams went on to take aim at Kevin Hart, alleging that every movie he had done during a certain timeframe were all of his leftovers.

“For a five year period, every single movie that Kevin Hart did was a movie that had been on my desk,” Katt said. 

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