InsidePulse DVD Review – HBO One Night Stand: Earthquake



Linda Mendoza


Earthquake ………. Himself

The Show

In 2005, HBO brought back ‘One Night Stand’, the stand-up comedy show from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s that helped launch the careers of Bill Maher, Colin Quinn, Norm MacDonald, Eddie Griffen, and Ellen DeGeneres. HBO wanted to showcase the new up-and-coming comics on the scene. Comics ready to break out into stars like the above.

Earthquake was one of the first to be featured in the revived comedy series for HBO. Before this comedy special, Earthquake was on BET’s ‘ComicView’, ‘Mad TV’, and Comedy Central’s ‘Premium Blend’ among other shows. Before he became a comedian, he was in the Air Force for 11 years. He got the name “Earthquake”, because of the way his body shakes and moves on stage while delivering his comedy. He has almost a “preacher-style” way of talking.

This 30-minute standup routine was pretty funny. I’m a fan of “urban comedians” like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock and D.L. Hughley. I would say that Earthquake is not quite up with them yet, but I think he is just as funny as the other “Kings of Comedy” like Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. The difference between Earthquake and them is the fact that few people know of him. The reason is that all the others have had their own TV shows and/or movies. Earthquake is relatively new to that, but I hear there are rumors for a TV show in the making.

The only problem here is that most of his material is a little dated. That is not his fault, though. He did this back in August of 2005. It got taped then, but didn’t get released until a year later. So he talks about Kobe and Shaq breaking up. He talks about Michael Jackson and little kids. He talks about the tigers turning on Siegfried and Roy. Stuff that was new back in 2005 is not so new now. There have been bigger news stories since then. This is only a minor complaint, though, because the jokes he does tell are extremely funny.

The best thing about Earthquake is his delivery and timing. He is quick and he never stops telling jokes. And again..the way he is “preaching” to the audience is a great way to deliver his material. It works well for him. He is definitely an intelligent man and a great up-and-coming comedian. His material is not politically correct and it does contain a lot of foul language, but it works with the flow of his material. If only, this could have been a little longer.

Score: 7/10

The Video:

The video is given in fullscreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Transfer is decent with minimal distortion. Colors look bright. Good enough to serve its purpose.

The Audio:

The audio included is in English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound. No problems here either.

The Extras:

Deleted Scenes

There are about 5 “scenes” that were cut from this standup routine. I don’t know why it was cut. Probably to keep it a half-hour long. But you will DEFINITELY want to check out these. Some of the jokes are even funnier than the ones featured in the main routine. A great addition to the DVD.

Score: 5/10

InsidePulse’s Ratings for HBO One Night Stand: Earthquake
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