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.