Katt Williams Receives First Emmy For Guest Role In ‘Atlanta’


Katt Williams has turned his first Emmy nomination into his very first win. The entertainer took home the Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance in the FX show Atlanta, Deadline reports.

The Ohio native was nominated against actors like Bryan Cranston, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sterling K. Brown, Bill Harder, and fellow Atlanta co-star/co-creator Donald Glover.

Williams played Earn’s (Glover) loony uncle referred to as the “Alligator Man” because he owns a pet alligator for some unexplainable reason. In preparation for the cameo, Williams decided to intern at an alligator farm.

According to the Pimp Chronicles funnyman, “The first two times I auditioned, I wasn’t good enough and other people were better,” Williams told Complex. “I just kept at it, and then I interned at an alligator farm for three-and-a-half weeks, just so I could get comfortable enough that we didn’t use a stuntman. I really adopted the alligator into my home. And became so comfortable with it that it was like working with another co-star.”

Fortunately, the Emmys made a powerful stride toward diversity as African-American actors won all four coveted guest actors award categories. Like Williams, Tiffany Haddish also turned her first nomination into a win for hosting Saturday Night Live, while This is Us’ Ron Cephas Jones and The Handmaid’s Tale’s Samira Wiley also received awards.

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