Comedians want you to end year laughing

Lavelle Crawford, Earthquake and Nephew Tommy to headline Comedy Explosion at Bell Auditorium

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Nephew Tommy, Lavell Crawford and Earthquake hope you’ll usher in 2012 with uproarious laughter.

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The three comedians and friends are kicking off their Comedy Explosion tour Dec. 30 at Bell Auditorium.

This is the first time they have collaborated on a show without the help of promoters. It’s a bit of a challenge, but Crawford and Earthquake said they are looking forward to working together.

“It’s great to be working with your friends and doing what you love at the same time,” Earthquake said.

The entertainer, whose given name is Nathaniel Stroman, frequently performs on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View, and has appeared on Everybody Hates Chris and Clerks II.

When shock jock Howard Stern once called him his new favorite comedian, it was a high point in his career.

Earthquake, who finds humor everywhere, said he discovered his knack for being funny after an Eddie Murphy show in 1991.

He had just been honorably discharged from the Air Force and saw the show with friends.

“I said, ‘That’s funny, but it ain’t the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.’ ”

He took the stage himself and never looked back.

Crawford found his calling in college, when Sinbad came to perform for the student body. After watching the performer, he decided he wanted to be a comedian.

He first took the stage at the Funny Bone in St. Louis, thinking he’d be happy if he made just one person laugh. But the audience wanted an encore, and it sparked a career that has been going strong for 23 years.

Crawford has appeared on several comedy shows including Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam, Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He also frequently appears on the E! talk show Chelsea Lately.

His inspiration comes mainly from his own experiences.

“Everything’s funny if you’ve got the gift,” he said. “I think of Richard Pryor. He could make people laugh in a funeral home.”

Nephew Tommy, co-host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, couldn’t be reached last week for an interview because he was performing with a USO tour overseas.

Crawford and Earthquake have performed in Augusta before and said they are looking forward to entertaining Augusta audiences again.

“Come out and have fun at the Last Laugh of the Year,” he said.

NIGHT OF COMEDY

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30

WHERE: Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

TICKETS: $47-$77; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com


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