This seems like a sweeping statement, but the facts tend to agree with Epps, who is a major comedian in his own right.
Is Katt Williams the greatest stand-up comedian in the world?
“If Katt Williams had not flipped out there would be no Kevin Hart,” said comedian Mike Epps.
Although both Hart and Williams are diminutive, Williams towers above Hart.
Not since Eddie Murphy’s “Delirious” has a stand-up comedian managed to disrupt the comedy game as Williams has.
Fellow comedian Arsenio Hall, takes a different view about Williams. He says that Williams keeps a steady output of performances and this, he said, would ensure that Williams would not be remembered as the greatest comic, but as the most original.
Tricks of the trade
A lot of the skills Williams brings to the game include an arsenal of abilities distinguished by his cadence.
Indeed, his high-pitched voice is enhanced by a rhythmic delivery, which is a cross between Chris Rock and Chris Tucker.
Then there’s his performance energy, his vigourous physicality take him up and down the stage to keep the audience energised.
Also, his content is filled with well-honed gags, raising questions and providing answers in a humourous way as his racy sentences reach the finish line of complete thoughts.
His improvisational skills are second to none, he has confessed that he stopped performing in clubs in favour of developing jokes on his toes in front of thousands of people.
Is he the best?
Williams' The Pimp Chronicles stand-up, which was filmed in Atlanta, has grossed over $24 million. It can currently be found on Netflix and on Amazon Prime Video in addition to being sold outright for physical, in-home DVD ownership.
This shows the power of a well-done comedy special.
Williams holds the record for most filmed and distributed comedy specials.
"That only speaks to quantity," says Williams. "I do have more comedy specials than any comedian breathing or dead. That's only seven more than Richard Pryor. And six more than Martin Lawrence and six more than Chris Rock. Five more than Dave Chappelle. Those are just facts, sir."
And, unlike Hart, he writes his jokes. And, unlike most, he can do a 100-city tour and pack a house night after night for hours of stand-up. He calls himself the greatest of all times and it is hard to dispute.
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