Katt Williams kills the audience
Kicking off the second event of the week on Tuesday for the homecoming activities, the comedy show set the tone of excitement for A&T’s 80th year of celebrating homecoming, over packing Corbett Sports Center.
The doors of Corbett opened to the public at 6 p.m., filling the entire designated floor area by 6:20.
Students, friends, family and members of the Greensboro community constantly flowed into the gymnasium putting the estimated attendance up to about 8,000 people by 6:45. To entertain the early crowd, they watched the taping of 106 & Park on the jumbo projector. The episode showed Aggies taking over the 106 audience in New York on Monday. The SGA and about 40 other Aggies took the 12-hour bus drive to N.Y. to kick off the homecoming on a more national level. Joining A&T alumnus, former SGA president,and host of 106 & Park, Terrence Jenkins. Following the taping, vice president of external affairs, Darren Brand, introduced another A&T alumnus, Tonya Staten.
Staten warmed the audience up before introducing the actual host of the show, which was Red Grant.
The line-up included comedians Lunelle, Melanie Camacho and last, but definitely not least, Katt Williams.
Each comedian came to the stage with jokes that kept the audience wanting more. Each also gave good perspectives to college students. Topics that were found in much of what they had to say were voting, safe sex and living life to the fullest.
Although each comedian offered inspiring advice, the jokes that were told that night could only be relived if you attended the show. The most provocative of them all were Lunelle, but she managed to get the crowd the most boisterous, basing the ending of her time on stage on sexual activity.
Lunelle represented for the ladies most of the night and gave men perspective on what women seem to think of their ego’s.
After getting the audience hype and ready to hear what they paid their money to see, Katt Williams came to the stage escorted by the A&T women’s basketball team.
“Katt’s small stature was definitely accentuated with the basketball team towering over him,” said senior journalism and mass communication major Josh Capers. “But once he got the jokes rolling, his big stage presence filled the whole gym.”
Dressed for the occasion, Williams wore a black suit with Jordan’s, a fitted and his platinum Dipset chain.
Williams, with many punchlines, kept the gymnasium laughing uncontrollably. Using jokes based on hip-hop music, particularly “Hustlin” by Rick Ross and also talked about the hurricane season.
Williams acknowledged what a great school A&T is and also found out that our football team was not living up to its expectations. Keeping the crowd involved, Williams called out a member from the football team, inviting him to the stage. Senior, wide receiver and member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Curtis Walls, proudly made his way to the stage to take the heat for the team. As Williams flaunted hundreds of dollars, he then challenged Curtis and the rest of the team, announcing that he would give the team $5,000 if they won the homecoming game. He even said that he was going to give to the school regardless of the win to support the growth of the school.
Students had many positive things to say about the comedy show. “Even though, they over sold the event, the jokes and energy that the comedian brought compensated for the lack of seats and space,” says Kacey Holland, junior speech pathology major. Other students seemed to have agreed. ” This is the best comedy show that I have been to since I’ve been here,” says senior public relations major, Dondrill McFarland.
After the show, in an interview, Williams says that he manages to cater his jokes to everybody, “I am a street dude. I know what’s hot, I’m a father and business owner so I know what people like myself want to hear.” He went on to say ” None of my jokes are fake, they come from my everyday life and how I react to certain situations.”
When asked about Dip Set and how the collaboration/signing came about, Williams told the Register, “When you think of Dip Set, you think of young….flashy….fly, successful black men; and those are the things that represent me. What better way to promote my album.”
Concluding the interview, Williams would just like to leave readers with the advice that school is a gamble, and for all those students here that aren’t serious, they have already lost and don’t know it.
When asked about something he would want people to know that they don’t already know, Williams responded, “I am just as happy now as I was when I was broke, and that says and means a lot to me!”
- Alicia Moore