Katt Williams, Fighting & why Dave Chappelle is still right 10 years later.

Katt Williams and Kid Rock Wearing Hats

I don’t know that much about Katt Williams. He’s funny, he’s pretty adorable, he was raised in Dayton and he’s a successful comedian. I remember seeing him in stuff for at least the past decade, so he’s obviously been working at doing comedy twice that long.

And these days he’s being turned into TMZ and People Magazine fodder and, for all intents and purposes, presented to the world as a crazy man. His life seems to have taken a turn for the worse, and it reminds me powerfully of this clip from the Dave Chappelle interview on Inside The Actor’s Studio a few years back.

Isn’t that what this feels like? Doesn’t it just feel like another comedian working his balls off who’s getting portrayed as an insane lunatic so that someone can sell a few extra magazines or get a few extra clicks? What is happening in Hollywood that can take a guy who’s tough enough to be a dad to eight kids and make this stuff happen?

You wanna see the most infuriating part for me? Check out his wikipedia page. This is a 45 year old man who, apparently, is raising eight children. You know how many sentences there are for about his early life? One.

Williams was born Micah Sierra Williams in CincinnatiOhio on September 2, 1971

You know how much is in there about his arrests? 13 paragraphs. Literally over 50% of his information on that page is about his arrests. And it’s not impossible to find more about his actual life, check his Facebook page, it’s got a full long biography that details his time in the bay area, his successes as a student in Dayton schools, etc.

Do you remember when Kid Rock got into fights? Check out his Wikipedia page.  Legal troubles takes up 1/50th of the page. At first I thought this was because Katt Williams wears hats. But then I realized KID ROCK WEARS HATS TOO! So it can’t be about the hats.

Katt Williams and Kid Rock Wearing Hats

That leaves only one possible conclusion – our society, and particularly our media, have an absolute vendetta against dudes with goatees.

Wait, WTF?! Kid Rock has a fucking Goatee, too? God dammit!

Okay, okay – long straight hair? Ability to play musical instruments? Shit shit shit. You know the worst part? Now I’m looking above at those pictures of Kid Rock and Katt Williams, and I cannot actually remember which one is which anymore. In fact, this is kind of scary – but maybe Katt Williams IS Kid Rock?

Holy shit you guys, has anyone ever seen them in the same place at the same time? Or… or… do you notice how right when Kid Rock’s career started to slow down in the early 2000’s it’s right as Katt Williams career started to take off?!

Ooh! Ooh! Here’s another one, Kid Rock’s name starts with a K, and Katt William’s name starts with a K, which means that if he had monogrammed towels then…

Wait, hold on, I figured it out. Katt Williams might be black. Okay, problem solved. America is racist as hell and Katt Williams is black. Carry on, everyone. No more mystery.

 

 

 

 

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Joel & Stephen Levinson

We are Stephen Levinson and Joel Moss Levinson, a pair of comedian brothers from Dayton, Ohio. Joel is a commercial director and online video guy, Stephen is a staff writer for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Together we’ve produced a lot of online video content and this page is a chance to highlight some of the stuff we’re proudest of.

We created, produced and directed an animated web pilot called “Noah’s Ark,” starring Marc Maron (WTF Podcast, “Maron”) as Noah, the man with the worst job in the history of the world, Jonathan “Dr. Katz” Katz as his boss – you know, God, and featuring Maria Bamford (Comedians of Comedy, Arrested Development) as some Ark-ly characters.

In addition to his latest work as a monologue writer on The Tonight Show, Stephen wrote for the Fusion Network under former head writer of The Daily Show, DJ Javerbaum, on his show “Good Morning, Today,” a morning show set in an alternative universe where digital puppets live. It was awesomely weird. Here’s a segment he wrote and produced featuring his idol “Weird” Al Yankovic and another with the hilarious Ken Jeong.

"Ask the NSA," Ken Jeong stops by Good Morning, Today to answer all your questions about privacy and love.
“Ask the NSA,” Ken Jeong stops by Good Morning, Today to answer all your questions about privacy and love.
The most serious musician of all time talks music
The most serious musician of all time talks music.

In 2013 and 2014, we created a monster comedy/musical/charity album to benefit the charity OneKid OneWorld, called “2776” to which rode the Billboard Comedy Charts, and featured dozens of comedians and musicians including Will Forte, Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, Ed Helms, Aimee Mann, Reggie Watts, Ira Glass, Martha Plimpton, Will Arnett, kd lang, Yo La Tengo, Eric Johnson, Ashanti, Paul F. Tomkins, Neko Case and many many more. It detailed the story of the first 1000 years of American history, past, present and sci-fi inflected future through sketches and songs, some of which became videos.

Joel started his online career winning video contests online, which he turned into a profile on the front page of the New York Times and a guest spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since then, he’s had contest winning videos and ads appear all over the internet and national TV, including some with him on-screen as well. This debate parody spot for Trojan Condoms was featured on the front page of Ad Week.

And we were invited to give a TedX Talk about the art of collaboration, which we think went really well.

These days we’re working on producing our first feature length comedy movie, were recently announced as finalists in the Nashville Screenwriting Contest for our comedy “Wingman,” and are trying to raise our kids as best we can.

We’d love you to Sign up for the Levinson Brothers email list so you can stay up to date on our stuff, because we really like sharing it with people, and also  Subscribe on Youtube and Follow us on Twitter.