Comedian Katt Williams nearly missed his scheduled Carnegie Hall concert on Thursday after he was arrested on weapons charges just hours before show time.
According to the Associated Press, police pulled him over early Thursday in midtown Manhattan for driving a car without license plates. He was hauled off to jail after a search of the vehicle turned up a handgun, authorities said.
The 35-year-old comic, best known for his role in the movie “Friday After Next” and for the underground “Pimp Chronicles” film series, was released on bail just in time to make his show as part of the annual New York Comedy Festival.
“I’m not moving at my usual pace, I just got out of jail 35 minutes ago,” he told the sold-out crowd, which included fellow comedian Chris Rock. Williams said President-elect Barack Obama kept his spirits up while behind bars.
“I’m in jail with every emotion that I possess. I’m hurting ’cause I said I wouldn’t go back to jail,” the permed funnyman lamented. “Every time I see a white person, it reminds me of something. ‘Oh, we got a black president!'”
Williams later gave the adoring crowd his coat, tie and shoes, and took pictures with fans while wearing only his undershirt, jeans and socks.