Meet Nathaniel 'Earthquake' Stroman: 30 Years of Comedy, Camaraderie, and DC Swagger

We are unveiling the BET OG's journey from 'ComicView' to 'Celebrity Squares' and beyond.

Nathaniel "Earthquake" Stroman, renowned as a celebrity guest on BET's "Celebrity Squares," holds a more profound legacy as a BET OG, marking three decades of his multifaceted career. Beyond his comedic prowess showcased on screen, here are five intriguing facets about this versatile panelist:

1. The Misconception Behind His Nickname
Contrary to popular belief, Earthquake didn't earn his moniker due to size but rather from his mother, who humorously stated he shook up her world. His stand-up reveals an amusing anecdote about his unexpected arrival despite her meticulous precautions against pregnancy.

2. OG ComicView Fixture

Earthquake's comedic journey began with the inaugural run of "ComicView" on BET in 1992, continuing until 2008. His undeniable talent secured him a permanent spot, solidifying him as a memorable comedian. He also gained recognition as a Def Comedy Jam alum.

3. Air Force Veteran
Post high school, he chose an unconventional path, enlisting in the US Air Force. This decision steered him away from the streets, allowing global travels and participation in military talent shows, marking over a decade of service.

4. Entrepreneurial Spirit
Starting in intimate comedy clubs, Earthquake's rise led to co-ownership of Atlanta's Uptown Comedy Corner in the early '90s. The club became a nurturing ground for emerging and established comedians alike.

5. Embracing His DC Roots
Born and bred in DC, Earthquake's ties to his hometown are unbreakable. His Netflix special, "Legendary," produced by Dave Chappelle, vividly showcases his DC upbringing. Filmed at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, he stirred nostalgic chants of "Southeast!"—a tribute to his roots that shaped his character.

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