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Comedians Katt Williams, Joe Rogan coming to Tampa’s Amalie Arena

Two of the most popular and sometimes polarizing comics will perform within a week of each other in August.
Katt Williams attends the LA Premiere of "Father Figures" in 2017. He is bringing is standup comedy tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 21.
Katt Williams attends the LA Premiere of "Father Figures" in 2017. He is bringing is standup comedy tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 21. [ RICHARD SHOTWELL | Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP ]
Published Jun. 28
Updated Jun. 30

Comedian and Emmy-winning actor Katt Williams is bringing his World War III Tour to Tampa’s Amalie Arena this summer. And veteran comic and podcaster Joe Rogan will be at Amalie a week later.

Both are among the most popular and sometimes polarizing comedians on the scene.

The multitalented Williams is also a rapper and an activist whose over-the-top brand of humor has made him one of the most in-demand entertainers. His last few visits to Tampa sold out.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $59-$250 for the 8 p.m. show on Aug. 21.

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In 2002, Williams made his onscreen debut as a guest star on NYPD Blue, followed by roles in Friday After Next, Norbit, Epic Movie, The Boondocks, Wild ‘n Out and an acclaimed Netflix comedy special, Katt Williams: Great America, filmed in Jacksonville. In 2018, Williams earned an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his guest role in Atlanta on FX. His latest project, comedy horror film The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2, premiered June 11 and stars Mike Epps, Williams, Snoop Dogg and Danny Trejo.

Rogan, who co-starred in the sitcom News Radio and was host of the game show Fear Factor, has the most popular podcast online, The Joe Rogan Experience. It has made news with his sometimes controversial commentary.

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In 2014, Rogan caught heat from pro wrestling fans after making fun of wrestling as fake compared to MMA. And in April, he caught heat from public health officials when he suggested that young, healthy people shouldn’t bother getting vaccinated against COVID-19. After being corrected by Dr. Anthony Fauci about how vaccines work, Rogan later clarified his position, insisting that he “wasn’t an anti-vax person.”

TV host Joe Rogan has a popular podcast and will bring his standup comedy show to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 27.
TV host Joe Rogan has a popular podcast and will bring his standup comedy show to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 27. [ ALEX TRAUTWIG, TNS | Austin American-Statesman ]

The Tampa show “will be a phone-free experience. Use of phones, smart watches and accessories, will not be permitted in the performance space.”

Tickets start at $35.75 for Rogan’s 8 p.m. show on Aug. 27.