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August 2005
HBO's One Night Stand

An Interview with Earthquake
By Wilson Morales

Before comedians ranging from Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and more recently Dave Chappelle made their bones on the big screen, they had the opportunity of building an audience and following through the small screen with their comedy specials. In the days of cable and expended channel, we now get the opportunity to see these talents do their best at entertaining us without having their material being watered down by network television. HBO, the premiere cable channel, over the years has had many performers on with their own specials. Coming this Friday, August 26th, is a comedy program called “One Night Stand” and on this particular evening, we will be entertained by the one and only, Earthquake.

If you think you have heard of his name before, it’s probably because you have seen him on numerous programs making you laugh. He’s been on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View, to name a few. He’s also been heard on various radio stations. In speaking with him recently, he talked about the opportunity to have his own platform for one evening. “It’s a blessing to be able to make the folks laugh and see them cracking up” says Earthquake. Coming out of the Washington D.C area, Earthquake honed his comedic chops while being in the Air Force for 10 years. “While being in the military, I learned how to make people laugh during tense times, and I wanted to take this further and see how far I can do this and discovered that I’ve been blessed with something extraordinary. I’ve had good days and some bad days, but it comes with the territory. Part of doing tours and performing on stage is like practicing on your jump shot. If it goes in, then you’re good, and if it doesn’t, then you keep trying.”

His gig on HBO came while he was in the process of developing a television series. “The folks at HBO wanted to know if I wanted to be part of their comedy platform, and I said yes”. On being asked if he thought about the consequences when poking fun at today’s celebrities such as Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jackson, and President George W. Bush, Earthquake was quick to say that in being a comedian, one has to lose emotions, and take things lightheartedly. “You got to make fun of those cats, because that’s what folks want to hear about.”
Currently residing in LA with his family, Earthquake will be seen on the big screen at some point. He completed a film with Vivica A.Fox called “Getting Played”. He’s still in the process of developing a comedy series for television. In the meantime, you can catch Earthquake on HBO for the moment entertaining you with his jokes on politics, athletes, and life.

One Night Stand with Earthquake premieres August 26, 2005 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Additional airdates are August 27th at 11:30 p.m. on HBO2; August 30th at 11:00 p.m. and 2:05 a.m. and August 31st at 9:30 p.m.

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