Katt Williams has long mentioned himself as one of the greatest comedians of a generation, if not all-time. Verzuz has evolved as a platform where fans want to see two of their favorite groups or artists square up, it’s also become a place where old issues get settled.
Not long after Damon Wayans issued a challenge to Dave Chappelle for the first comedian Verzuz, Williams in a recent interview said he wanted to get Kevin Hart in the arena once and for all but made clear the only peer he has in comedy is Richard Pryor.
“It’s almost cheating for me. I have over 10 specials,” Williams said. “I don’t have to pick but two jokes from each special and I’ve already deaded anyone whose last name isn’t Pryor anyway.”
Williams also added comedy “beefing” is his lane and he’d been doing it long before Swizz Beatz and Timbaland launched Verzuz in 2020. The Verzuz challenge isn’t the first time Williams has issued a challenge to Hart. In 2016, he wanted a $5 million battle with Hart after the two went back and forth on social media. For Williams, the battle with him and Hart wouldn’t even be about money. Instead, it would strictly be for sport and the love of the game.
“On that stage, we can put whatever you want: a full-court basketball court, a boxing ring, two microphones for a rap cypher, or you can get your ass dusted in comedy on that stage,” Williams said in the 2016 clip. “And since you not a puppet, don’t bring no white people with you then.”
Hart finally spoke up against Williams in a 2018 interview while promoting the movie Night School alongside Tiffany Haddish. After Williams said Haddish didn’t work as hard as other female comedians, Hart went on the offensive, saying Williams’ issues weren’t with Hart but rather himself for not living up to his potential as a mainstream great.
“My frustration with Katt Williams comes from, you keep pointing at Hollywood. ‘Hollywood this, the White man this and this,’ when are you going to take responsibility for your actions? You had the shot! You were the guy! You were set up to be the star,” Hart. “You didn’t show up to work. You f*cked off promo shoots. You f*cked off your promo trips that they set up for you. You became a risk to the studios, which is why the studios stopped f*cking with you.”
Hart added, “So when you say Tiffany Haddish doesn’t deserve or isn’t really a comedian and these other women have worked hard, which they have. Katt Williams, have you ever used your platform to f*cking bring the people under you up? You haven’t! So because you haven’t, don’t sh*t on those that are!”
A year later, Williams would win his first career Emmy for his guest performance on the FX series Atlanta.
Could Damon Wayans Take Down Dave Chappelle In A Verzuz? Social Media Weighs In
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Damon wayans: I could beat dave chappelle at a comedy verzuz battle— Pizza Dad (@Pizza__Dad) August 16, 2021
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A lot of y’all never watched In Living Color because if you did, you’d know that Damon Wayans is freaking hilarious. pic.twitter.com/xzhEqQZdDs— Shamar English (@english_shamar) August 16, 2021
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Damon is the funniest out of his siblings. With that being said, Dave would wash him. https://t.co/olvVArosFI— Scamber Rose ✨🦄 (@ABCDEFGHIrock) August 16, 2021
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Damon Wayans is a great comedian, but I’m not sure he, or anyone else, could take on Dave Chappelle after he made comedy like this: pic.twitter.com/0ZjpmOvJZ5— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) August 17, 2021
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1st standup show I ever attended was a Damon Wayans show in a theater in DC. I legit thought I was going to die I was laughing so hard. My date and the guy on the other side of me had tears STREAMING from their eyes. Like. BAWLING. https://t.co/1YSwxenI4d— Janelle James , moody clown. (@janellejcomedy) August 17, 2021
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Anybody says Dave easily wins does not kno how funny Damon Wayans is outside of My Wife and Kids— HERBO MYERS🔪 (@SonHerbo_) August 17, 2021
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Y'all are not about to act like Damon Wayans isn't top tier funny 😂 do y'all know who that man is???— 🤴🏾 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞 (@vadra_the_one) August 17, 2021
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How nice of Damon to sacrifice himself for the better of comedy 😭 cause we all know this man don’t stand a chance— 6. 🇲🇦 (@top2butimnot2) August 17, 2021
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Damon Wayans calling out Dave Chappelle for a versus > anything rap related. I wanna see real comedians again, not the "lets not say things to offend anyone" comedians.— skeme richards (@hotpeasandbutta) August 17, 2021
Katt Williams Weighs In On Mythical ‘Verzuz’ Against Kevin Hart was originally published on theboxhouston.com