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Monday, June 30, 2008

News: Kat Williams Replacing Dave Chappelle At Comedy Central?


By: Thomas A. Harden

Comedian Katt Williams is on the verge of sealing a deal with Comedy Central for his own sketch comedy show as well as a special.

According to Variety, Williams is close to inking a deal with Comedy Central for a pilot that he willstar in and executive produce, along with Jeff Golenbery and Michael Green, anda special for his It's Pimpin' Pimpin'tour.

The special, which was shotduring the Washington, D.C. stop of the tour, is the part-three continuation ofWilliams' highly successful PimpChronicles franchise. To date, the tour ranks as one of Pollstar's top livecomedy acts of 2008, generating $17 million in ticket sales and half a millionticket-buyers since it launched in January.

In 2006, Kat Williams: Pimp Chronicles Part 1 garnered 3.6 million viewerswhen it aired on HBO, making it thecabler's top-rated comedy special that year. Part 1 and his American Hustle series have sold acombined 1.2 million DVD's.

American Hustle, premiered on Comedy Central in January andincluded combined scripted sequences of the funnyman's 2007 tour footage. Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Jeremy Piven made appearances in thespecial.

In related news, William's has been tapped to star in John Whitesell's upcoming movie, Mission: Intolerable, a workplace comedy about a temp agency that hires out a "temp from hell." Williams will play awannabe CIA agent who starts his own temp agency designed to get unwanted employees to quit their jobs.

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