Shakin' All Over

Nathaniel Martin Stroman received the nickname Earthquake because of the violent, shaking laughter his audiences experience. Okay, this may not be true in terms of how he got the name, but the results are the same -- Stroman’s quick wit and explosive comedy about everyday life and his time in the military (he once dropped a live nuclear missile) make people laugh and laugh hard. It was during that 11-year military stint that Stroman began attending open mic nights near his base. But unlike many would-be comics, he was able to make the professional jump, first to the southern comedy circuit before taking his act national, scoring HBO and BET specials. Fittingly, this Earthquake resides in Southern California, making Phoenix an easy destination.

Get shaking during Earthquake’s two performances at 7 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets are $22. Call 480-719-6100 or visit

Fri., July 5, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m.; Sat., July 6, 7 & 10:15 p.m., 2013
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Glenn BurnSilver
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