Cedric The Entertainer went to Instagram on Friday to respond to allegations from Katt Williams, who said the 57-year-old comedian stole a joke when he performed in the 1999 show, The Original Kings of Comedy.
“I wanna address this Katt Williams thing one time. I saw people on there really commenting about that,” Cedric said. “Look, I have no idea what this brother is talking about. That joke is over 30 years old, close to 30 something years old. I did The [Original] Kings of Comedy in 1999, probably had been doing that joke six-seven years before that. I don’t even know if Katt was doing comedy then.”
The joke in question is about white people wanting to travel in space so they can get away from Black people, Revolt reported.
“A lot of them space movies out white people like space movies black people don’t really do space like that,” the comedian said during the routine. “White people love space movies they love movies about the moon and Mars where they can be leaving our ass down here on earth.
“That’s what they think they think they gonna leave us down here on Earth,” he continued. “They gonna move to the moon. Ain’t gonna happen. Y’all move to the moon Damn it. We coming to the moon. We’ll be right behind y’all in space shuttles with Cadillac grills n*** just. They could just rolling one headlight out. Tags be all wrong. All bass.”
Williams said he was “crushed” upon hearing the joke from his peer.
“When it initially happened to me, it crushed me because the comedian was already bigger and more famous than me and he took my closing joke and made it his closing joke on [Original] Kings of Comedy. The reason it hit so bad was that I was in the theater,” Williams said in an interview last week with The Morning Hustle Show.
But Cedric insists that he didn’t steal anything from Williams.
”He a talented brother,” the Barbershop actor said. “I have no idea what he talking about. I’ve never seen Katt do a space shuttle joke. That may be something he believes is true. I’ve written a lot of jokes. I’ve had a lot of comedians steal my jokes as well, so I understand if he feels slighted by that but that’s my joke. That’s my joke, dog.”
Williams said he took it personally when his peer allegedly stole the joke.
“I paid my money to go see [Original] Kings of Comedy and to see my joke being there and not me was about as disrespectful as it gets in our craft,” the 49-year-old said.