Too Short and Suge Knight step in at the end explaining that Katt is on cocaine from Oakland and it was too much for him
OAKLAND -- Angry fans demanded refunds after comedian Katt Williams' show Friday night at Oracle Arena disintegrated into chaos, with Williams delivering rambling monologues devoid of jokes and being dragged off by his own security after he challenged a heckler to fight.
Williams was already facing legal trouble over his stop in Oakland, with police arresting him after a Wednesday night brawl aboard a tour van and the alleged victim promptly filing a lawsuit seeking damages.
After Friday night's show, angry comments from fans poured in on Facebook and Twitter, with some complaining that Williams' show had ended after 10 minutes. Many said they expected a refund; ticket prices ranged from $33 to $94, plus service fees.
The show, which was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., started about an hour late, according to Christopher Douglas, 22, who came from American Canyon to see the show. Williams came out on stage briefly, tossed a frisbee to the audience and told a few jokes about the election before introducing the first comedian.
"He was joking like he does in all four DVDs of his that I own," said Douglas, a magnetic inspector at Pacific Steel in Berkeley who was seeing Williams live for the first time. "I thought it was going to be a normal Katt Williams show."
After the opening performances by fellow comedians and a couple of songs by Oakland rapper Too $hort, Williams took the stage around 10:40 p.m., Douglas said.
The comedian joked about selling out the arena, something he said the Golden State Warriors couldn't do. An audience member asked about the Wednesday night brawl, and Williams said he had been released because even Oakland police were fans.
He quickly transitioned into his familiar closing bit, rattling off his various nicknames before leaving the stage, Douglas said.
"I was like, 'That's it?'" Douglas said. "After that, I saw everyone leaving ... throngs of people leaving."
Douglas and his father, who came to the show with him, left as well. He heard from others at the show that Williams later came back on stage, leading to the angry confrontation with the heckler.
A profanity-laced video posted to YouTube shows Williams challenging a heckler to come onstage and fight him and telling the person to come backstage after the show. A burly security guard hauls Williams away from the stage's edge and to the backstage area.
Douglas compared Williams' performance unfavorably with a show featuring Academy Award-winning actress and comedienne Mo'Nique at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland two years ago.
Douglas said he "absolutely" felt he deserved a refund. Representatives from promoter Live Nation could not be reached for comment Saturday morning.
A posting on Williams' official Facebook page on Saturday morning indicated that a show planned for Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno would continue as scheduled.
The incident Wednesday night resulted in Williams' arrest, according to Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson, but the comedian, whose real name is Micah S. Katt Williams, was not booked into jail and has not been charged.
An 18-year-old aspiring rapper, Delvahn Mosely-Davis, filed suit against Williams on Friday, saying that a chance encounter near Oakland's Courtyard Marriott hotel began with fans greeting the comedy star and ended with Williams bashing him in the head with a bottle.
Williams' Nov. 1 show in Denver ended with the comedian jumping into the crowd to confront hecklers about a half-hour after he took the stage.
Williams is also facing a $5 million lawsuit filed earlier this month by his personal assistant, who maintains he hit her in October in Los Angeles and caused permanent eye injuries.
In June 2011, Los Angeles Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him on charges of false imprisonment for an incident involving a man on a tractor in Palmdale, according to published reports. Between November 2006 and June 2011, Williams was arrested at least two other times on weapons charges and burglary, and he spent time in jail on those cases, according to published reports.
Source: Mercury News
Arrest footage can be found here