Comic Katt Williams showed his range with a six-minute monologue themed on telling the truth, an effort produced by Supreme. Opening with a shot of Williams’ 2018 Emmy, the video revealed Katt sporting rainbow-colored braids and wearing a suit with a Supreme box log t-shirt.
The 49-year-old comic known for his acerbic wit took multiple shots at president Donald Trump, who he described as a “perfectly suitable clown running the free world.”
Commenting on the Black Lives Matter movement, the Dayton, Ohio-born Williams said, “Let’s stick on facts. Black lives matter. Period.” He added, “I want to apologize to some people who have seen civil unrest and didn’t understand that civil unrest is what happens every time a place is ruled by the people and the people’s needs are not being met.”
He went on on to discuss the Bronx’s Hart Island where unclaimed dead bodies are buried. Reflecting on the individuals who were buried there because of COVID-19-related deaths, Katt compared the dead being buried there to the overflow of people who died because of HIV in the ’90s.
Katt explained, “This is not the first time a great City like New York has been going through this and this is not the first time that a great country like this has been going through what we’re going through. This is not close to the first pandemic. The last pandemic happened in the ’90s, it was called AIDS. That’s what filled up Hart Island the last time and here we are again.”
Underlying the contagious nature of COVID-19, he stated, “It’s an airborne virus, folks. If you breath air, put on a mask.” Riffing on the need to breathe, Katt went on to described George Floyd’s death. “You putting your knee on a man’s neck for eight minutes is just murder. It’s televised murder,” he said.
While Williams didn’t get behind a particular candidate, he encouraged viewers to vote for someone even if they choose to write in his name. Noting that the monologue was not meant to amuse, he added, “I kept most of the jokes in quarantine in case you were looking for some laughs.”
Watch the full performance below.