The life and times of Comedian Earthquake reads like an unlikely happenstance that has fallen into divine rightness. Everyone knows the story, he didn’t have an epiphany about his career, but what everyone is missing, is that somehow someway he is standing right where he needs to be. Washington D.C.’s own Nathaniel Stroman turned Earthquake has a knack for gut instinct. It’s how he came to have thousands of adoring fans and has graced every media opportunity afforded a stand- up comedian in this day and age. ‘The way I approach my show is unique’, Earthquake says.’ I don’t have a plan, I just step on stage and it goes from there’. And there it goes, is right. From the late 1990’s to the turn of the millennium he had the nation laughing to tears in repeat mode saying, ‘I wanna put my air in my mama’s name’. He then changed with the times and said ‘You still like cheese in your eggs O.J.??’ Nevertheless, he got the clue that the world was listening and while that never determined his direction, it was rewarding to know he had an impact. That impact lead him to iconic performances on BET’sComic View making his performance cultural staple of urban media lifestyle. He then blessed the stages at HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, shot a couple of 30-minute specials on Comedy Central and BET respectively and gave a critical acclaimed performance on his solo effort One Night Stand for HBO. He shook up audiences at the Walter Latham Presents taping making it what some say was his best performance to date and consistently obliged the audiences in Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza and 2009’s Shaq’s Comedy All-stars. He blessed the TBS Comedy Fest in Rat Pack attire and was subsequently labeled by critics as the possible (yet respectful and honorable) predecessor to the late great Bernie Mac. A unique voice, uncommon appeal and with a sense and sensibility that will make the brilliant feel dumb, Quake (as he is known by fans) rose above the laws of the land and continued to shake up audiences all over the world. His break out performance film ‘About Got Damm Time’, became an instant popular collectible and his ‘From the Outhouse to the Penthouse’ shocked the masses as he proudly captivated audiences live the weekend of the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. His subsequent film appearances in Getting Played with Vivica Fox, Barnyard and animated classic, Clerks IIwith Wanda Sykes and Ice Cube’s The Longshot’s gave Quake fans a taste of a promising future. The remainder of his resume reads like a who’s who of stand-up comedy while he traveled the mainstream circuit blessing the forums of HBO’s Bill Maher(which made him the first comedian to receive a standing ovation on that show) Howard Stern (with Stern calling him his new favorite comedian), and Chelsea Lately to name a few. His most interesting looks were caught on trendy talk shows likeWeekend At D.L.’s and Baisden After Dark, but when the nation caught him gliding on the stage at George Lopez, it was as if time had stood still. Refreshingly charming with a pristine presentation Quake looks amazing as if he hadn’t been in the game for 20 years. His fans were excited to receive him as the unforgettable Uncle Mike in Chris Rock’s beloved Everybody Hates Chris a recurring role he had the world on board with his infectious…’Big man!’. If Quake has learned nothing else about himself he has learned that what he says impacts language. Presently, Earthquake is enjoying his run in the circuit as he has been prominently placed as the headliner for the Royal Comedy Tour. A popular property in stand-up his schedule is full and he revels in his accomplishments while traveling the world. ‘These ain’t jokes!’ he bellows from stage to stage as he reveals truths about himself and others that in any other circumstance may not be a laughing matter. ‘The essence of comedy is in exposing uncomfortable truths,’ he says in an interview. ‘Finding a way for the public to accept these truths is the art of the craft.’ Presently Comedian Earthquake is basking in the love he received from comedic icon Whoopi Goldberg as one of her favorite comedians. In April of 2013, he appeared on ABC’s The View in a special segment of stand-up comedians showcased by the cast of The View as their personal favorites. Whoopi Goldberg chose Earthquake and in front of all of America she relished in his ‘fearlessness’. Needless to say, he shined to rave reviews. He then made an appearance on the popular late night program TBS’s Conan O’Brien and taped an eagerly anticipated forthcoming episode of BET’s hit sitcom ‘The Game’. It doesn’t look like his ‘natural’ is a disaster after all.
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Crawford's first break came at a comedy club in Belleville, Illinois, where he hosted an open mic night. The owner of the club was impressed and paid him $250.
First appearances were made on Def Comedy Jam and BET's Comicview. Crawford has appeared on numerous television shows including Premium Blend, The Jamie Foxx Show, Showtime at Apollo, and most recently Last Comic Standing, where he finished second to Jon Reep.
He recently taped a special for Comedy Central Presents. Crawford often appears on Chelsea Lately.
2016 has already started off with a bang for Donnell, he has already been cast in Kevin Smith’s pilot Hollyweed. 2015 was a huge year for Donnell Rawlings,he lit the stage at The Dubai Comedy Festival. He also rocked it at Montreal Comedy Festival. He has been touring all over with Dave Chappelle. In 2014 he killed during a record number of shows working with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. You just saw him starring in his own show as Judge Rawlings on MTV2’s Guy Court. Donnell was also was a cast member on MTV2’s Guy Code. Donnell can be seen hosting Staann' Dup to be seen on StarzBlack. He lends his voice in a recurring role as “Another Cat Named
Rally” on the hit animation Black Dynamite as well being featured in Adult Swim’s animation. Donnell continues to tour heavily, performing his intelligently bold stand-up throughout the US, Europe, and the Caribbean.
Donnell is an overnight success a decade in the making. He made a splash in the DC comedy clubs going from a heckler in the audience to HBO's Def Comedy Jam in a period of six months. You’ve seen him as 'Ashy Larry' on Comedy Central’s award winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s Show, where he joined Dave Chappelle as both as a writer and performer. He will also be featured in Queen Latifah's new movie Percentage. His 1-Hour Stand-Up “Ashy to Classy” premiered on Comedy Central in October of 2010.
He was a co-host on both Power 105’s (NY’s #1 Hip Hop and R&B radio station) morning show “Egypt and Ashy in the Morning” and “The Big Tigger Morning Show” on WPGC in Washington DC, and he enjoyed weekly guest appearances on New York’s Hot 97 Morning Show. He was a regular on E!’s “Chelsea Lately", starred in Comedy Central's “Reality Bites Back,” and was the resident “Funny Guy” on the Ricki Lake Show. In 2007, Donnell co-created and starred in Heavy.com’s hit web series “From Ashy to Classy”, which was picked up for a second round of episodes. His movie of the same name screened at the 2011 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.
As an actor Donnell has also appeared in the Law & Order series, Special Victims Unit (SVU) and Criminal Intent (CI) as well as NBC’s Third Watch, the Emmy-Award winning HBO Mini-Series: The Corner and as Day-Day Price on HBO’s Emmy-Award winning series “The Wire.” On the big screen he could be seen in the blockbuster Spider-Man II.
His rise to stardom may not have been “overnight”, but the journey itself has kept him edgy and relevant. Comedy's heavy hitters have noticed his talent with Neal Brennan, co- executive producer and co-head writer of Chappelle’s Show exclaiming “whenever we put Donnell in the game he’s going to hit a home run.” Jamie Foxx says, “That guy is a beast!” Wayne Brady commented that Donnell provides “amazing work on the show” and Dave Chappelle feels that “Donnell brings so much to the table...this very funny guy makes it look natural and easy.”
Native New Yorker Andrew Schulz likes laughs. Real, hard laughs. And this fall, the comedian — known for his hilariously edgy, street-smart, and unapologetic comedy — will deliver his due. Handpicked by MTV as their new tastemaker, Schulz will take over the small screen with five new shows for their network. He'll be on the road for his accompanying stand-up tour. And as "one of the top five up-and-coming artists on Twitter", there will be more than a few ways to get your fix.
The first of the five shows for MTV and MTV2 is "The Hook Up," which will premiere on October 14. An updated take on "The Dating Game," Schulz hosts the show, guiding contestants through the confusing social media landscape that is the current dating scene. Next up, later this fall the show "Guy Court" will premiere, which he and his colleagues from the hit show "Guy Code" will prosecute (or defend) a guy by the official Laws of Manhood. Schulz will continue to write and appear on the 4th season of the record-breaking MTV2 series "Guy Code" as well as the second season of "Girl Code".
"Jobs that Don't Suck" is the fifth MTV installment for Schulz. Premiering in March 2014,
The series is almost the antitheses of Mike Rowe's "Dirty Jobs". Jobs That Don't Suck focuses on people who have found their dream jobs. Schulz will interview and participate in such jobs that don't suck as the "professional pick up artist", "snake-milked', "super car test driver", "airplane re-possessor", and more.
In 2012, Schulz hosted the acclaimed European Movie Awards for MTV and has made appearances on MTV2's "Hip Hop Squares", MTV's "Epic Fail," MTV2's "Wild N' Out," and the weekly webseries "Whats Good." His credits also include: VHI's "Big Morning Buzz",
MTV2's "The Week In Jams" and "Charlamagne and Friends". As an actor, Schulz recently filmed the FX pilot, BRONX WARRANTS, and the indie film, VICTOR, opposite Jeremy Sisto and Tony Hale.
With his unique brand of humor, Schulz has established himself as a fixture in the New York comedy circuit. He regularly performs at The Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, The Comic Strip Live, Eastville Comedy Club, and Caroline's on Broadway.
John Henton will never forget where it all started…on the road. John continues performing in clubs, writing new jokes, and traveling the country, but recently took a break to appear in a guest role on a “Hannah Montana” episode. Back in July of 2005, John performed at the Montreal International Comedy Festival – Just For Laughs. Initially scheduled for one performance at their “Uptown Comedy Show,” John had the audience in so much laughter, that he was asked to perform at the second show. John has also paired up with former “Living Single” co-star Kim Coles and together they have delighted audiences as well.
After having nine successful years on network television, John Henton established a name for himself as one of today’s leading comic talents. He is fortunate to be among an elite group of actors who found success on the small screen. He found a loyal and endearing following through the lovable and sensible character of “Overton Wakefield Jones” on the FOX hit sitcom “Living Single,” and the loyalty continued with fans embracing the character of “Milsap” on the sitcom, “The Hughleys.” For its third season, "The Hughleys" moved to UPN, and contributed to the network’s very successful Monday night line-up. "The Hughley's” wrapped its fourth and final season in spring 2002. John’s stellar television work has not gone unnoticed, as he was recognized in 2001 and 2002 with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
After taking his comedy on the road for a year and winning the 1991 Johnny Walker National Comedy Search, Henton was spotted by “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” comedy executive, the late Jim McCawley, who booked him for a performance on the show. As he finished his set, Henton looked to Carson for his approval and received much more. Henton was called over to take a seat on the coveted couch where Carson asked him if he had an agent. To Henton’s reply of “no,” Carson mugged, “Well, you will after tonight.” It was a performance that Henton says gave his career a “serious jump-start.”
Since then, Henton has made appearances on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Bob Hope’s Young Comedian’s Special” as well as returning to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In January 1993, Henton starred in his own half-hour comedy special for Showtime, “John Henton: Comedy With An Attitude." John performed on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” to an overwhelming audience response.
In April of 1993, Henton was cast in the FOX TV series “Living Single” starring Queen Latifah, Kim Fields and Kim Coles. The show received stellar ratings, and TV Guide selected Henton’s character as one of the “break out” characters of the 1993-fall season. When the show came to an end after five years, Henton was proud and pleased with the work he had done on the show. He continues to be a favorite on talk shows with appearances on “Weekends at the DL,” “Best Damn Sports Show” "The View," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "The Howie Mandel Show," "Roseanne," "Later," "Donny & Marie,” “Fox and Friends” and "Politically Incorrect."
Coles has appeared on many television shows, including Frasier ("Dr." Mary Thomas), Six Feet Under, Celebrity Mole and The Geena Davis Show. Early in her career, she appeared as one of the hosts of It's Showtime at the Apollo. She was an original cast member on the sketch comedy series In Living Color that appeared on the FOX network. After leaving "In Living Color", she then got the role as Synclaire James on Living Single. She appeared as the mother of Spirit on UPN's One on One. Coles is a published author; her book is called I'm Free But It Will Cost You, ISBN 978-0-7868-8322-6, Hyperion Books, 1998.
Coles appeared on Celebrity Mole: Hawaii and was the first contestant to be eliminated. At the reunion of the show, she was one of two celebrities (the other was Michael Boatman) to correctly guess that Frederique van der Wal was the series' saboteur, Kathy Griffin was the winner, and Erik von Detten was the runner-up. Coles also joined other celebrities for a weight loss journey on the VH-1 reality show, Celebrity Fit Club. After 16 weeks, she lost a total of 24 lbs, and dropping nearly 4 percentage points in body fat, going from 34.7% to 31%. She accomplished this with the help of her team, "Ralphie's Angels". She lost 10.2% of her body weight, dropping down to 196 lbs.
Coles was a regular panelist on the 2000 revival of To Tell the Truth during its second season. She was also featured as a guest host on two episodes of The View. Coles was a co-host of the syndicated daytime television show In The Loop With iVillage alongside The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic and fellow season one contestant Ereka Vetrini. She has recently joined the cast of 10 Items or Less on TBS.
On September 30, 2009, she hosted the game show Pay It Off, lasted for one season on BET, which is similar to Debt. In 2010, she appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race. She appeared in an episode of TV One's series "Life After" in late 2011.
With an extraordinarily keen wit and a completely unrestricted approach when it comes to telling the truth about “what-is-funny”, George Vernon Willborn II (January 8) is a Chicago native who began his comedy routine at a Memphis comedy club, Sir Laughs A Lot in 1987. He got his first comedic break as the house MC at All Jokes Aside in 1992. All Jokes Aside is Chicago’s first primarily African American comedy club. He shared the stage and befriended comedy greats like Jamie Fox, Bernie Mac and Steve Harvey, just to name a few. During his seven year stint of All Jokes Aside, George became widely known as...The Stress Reliever!!
He often quotes, “I’m here to relieve whose stress, your stress!” The history of All Jokes Aside is depicted in the documentary DVD, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy (2011). Because of his vast popularity, George went on to perform on many comedy tours, national stage plays and currently various comedy clubs, including Improvs and Funny Bones, across the country. He’s secured television work on MTV’s The Real World, Cast (1991); HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Performer (1992); BET’s ComicView, Performer (1992); Showtime at the Apollo, Performer (1993) and more….
George’s radio career started back in 1996 on Clear Channel’s WVAZ V103 – The Mond Squad – John, Bonnie and George (1996-2006)! In the upcoming years, during 2006 – 2008, George commuted from Chicago to DC as co-hosts on both Michael Baisden Show (2006-2013) in the afternoon and in the morning on The Real DC Morning Show, WHUR (2006-2008). George has recently come back to his roots and he is co-hosting on the nationally syndicated, Doug Banks Show, WVAZ V103 from 2pm – 6pm CST. In addition to joining “The Doug Banks Show,” George continues to host his solo radio program, “Willborn’s World” on WHUR’s SiriusXM Channel 141, H.U.R. Voices.
George often states that his biggest accomplishments are his daughter and his son!!!
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