Fans are reporting that the comedian instead showed up very late, didn’t tell many jokes, took off a some clothes, and did some push ups. He was eventually removed from stage by his people as his speech became more and more incoherent.
Following up on the show’s ticket page, many fans expressed their outrage about the event, citing Williams was more than 4 hours late, didn’t perform anything near comedy, and wanted their money back.
There’s no question an appearance like this would anger fans and have many of them ask for refunds. We got a press release posted as a comment that looks like an official statement from the show’s promoters, Str8lace Entertainment (though we cannot confirm at the moment). The release states as one would expect, they are not responsible for the act the talent puts on, rather all the other things (promotion, marketing, getting the acts to the venue, etc). They stated that Str8lace isn’t responsible for ticket refunds legally (which makes sense), especially since Williams showed up and “performed,” and contractual obligations were met. Though they are probably correct about this, we doubt it makes it easier on the fans that shelled out good money to see the comedian in action.
For Immediate Release
Official statement from Str8lace Entertainment
RE: Katt Williams Show 06/25/2011
We would like to start by explaining our position in regards to the Katt Williams Concert on June 25, 2011. We have recently been inundated by questions and requests for ticket refunds due to the lack of professionalism displayed by Mr. Williams at the recent concert. We are equally upset by the antics that were displayed for whatever personal reason Mr.Williams might be experiencing. We went above and beyond normal measures to ensure Mr.Williams was in Albuquerque and went onstage. Our expenses in doing so far exceeded our original budget and ticket sales revenues, due to the extra expense brought on by delays, over time rent on the venue, sound, labor, etc. As promoters we did our job as per our contractual obligations. We booked, paid for and promoted the show. ALL of the acts Showed up and performed. Some better than others, but they were all there and performed. We have no control over the content or quality of their performances. While we are disappointed, we feel the liability lies in the hands of Mr.Williams himself. We feel your frustration, and are in the same space financially, At a loss. So we will not be offering refunds of any kind. We are very sorry for the circumstances.
Because we are a small locally owned Promotions company we would in good faith like you to keep your Katt Williams ticket stubs for discount on a soon to be announced show we will put on in an effort to show good faith and give something to our community that were effected by Mr.Williams “Performance”. Thank you for your understanding and support.