Nathaniel Martin Stroman, best known as “Earthquake”, is an actor, voice artist and comedian. Straight out of Washington D.C., Mr. Stroman has a knack for gut instinct. It’s how he came to have thousands of adoring fans. He’s graced every media opportunity afforded a stand-up comedian in this day and age. “The way I approach my show is unique,” Earthquake has been quoted as saying. “I don’t have a plan. I just step on stage and it goes from there.”
Earthquake was in the U.S. Air Force for nine years, attaining the rank of Sergeant. While stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, he would take advantage of an Open Mic Night at the local bar, Top’s and Blue’s, discovering his comedic destiny on that stage. Earthquake revealed on The Howard Stern Show that while in the Air Force, he once dropped a live nuclear missile when loading it onto an aircraft. According to Earthquake, the incident caused much panic and was classified as a Broken Arrow (a situation that alerts a large portion of the military), including the President of the United States. He claimed that he dropped the missile because he was rushing to attend a 2 Live Crew concert. Stern called him his new favorite comedian.
Earthquake started off in radio contributing every Tuesday and Thursday on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and was known to fill-in as a personality while Harvey was on vacation. In 2013, Quake joined 107.5 WBLS as a full-time radio personality. He left the station in February of this year.
Earthquake had a small role in Clerks II and a supporting role in The Longshots. He had a recurring role as Chris’ Uncle Mike, on Everybody Hates Chris. He voiced Root the Rooster in the 2006 CGI film ‘Barnyard’, and in the video game of the same title. He continued to do so on the TV series spinoff, Back at the Barnyard. This gave Quake’s fans a taste of a promising future. His break out performance film ‘About — Damn 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.
From the late 1990’s to the turn of the millennium Earthquake had the nation laughing to tears in repeat mode. The impact he had captured on the world led him to iconic performances on BET’s Comic View, making his performance a cultural staple of urban media lifestyle. He blessed the stages of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, shot a couple of 30-minute specials on Comedy Central and BET respectively and gave a critically 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 wasn’t done. 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, with a sense and sensibility that will make the brilliant feel dumb, Quake rose above the laws of the land and continued to shake up audiences all over the world.
The remainder of his resume reads like a who’s who of stand-up. He’s traveled the mainstream circuit blessing forums like that of HBO’s Bill Maher (which made him the first comedian to receive a standing ovation on that show). 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.
Earthquake is enjoying his run in the circuit as he has been prominently placed as the headliner everywhere. A popular property in standup, 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.”
The life and times of Comedian Earthquake reads like an unlikely happenstance that has fallen into divine rightness. Refreshingly charming with a pristine presentation, if Quake has learned nothing else about himself, he has learned that what he says impacts language.
Come on out to Zanies this weekend and get a whiff of this stellar comedic genius.