Laugh with Earthquake, Craig Robinson and Michelle Wolf at Zanies in January

(l-r) Earthquake, Craig Robinson and Michelle Wolf
(l-r) Earthquake, Craig Robinson and Michelle Wolf

By Cass Teague

Three highly regarded comedians are coming to Zanies in January for multiple shows. Earthquake, Craig Robinson and Michelle Wolf will each highlight weekend stints at Nashville’s premiere comedy venue, Zanies: Earthquake Jan. 3 – 6, Craig Jan. 10 – 12, and Michelle Jan. 24 – 26.

The life and times of Comedian Earthquake reads like an unlikely happenstance that has fallen into divine rightness. Everyone knows the story, he didn’t have an epiphany about his career, but what everyone is missing, is that somehow someway he is standing right where he needs to be. has a knack for gut instinct. It’s how he came to have thousands of adoring fans and has graced every media opportunity afforded a stand‐up comedian in this day and age.

“The way I approach my show is unique,” Washington D.C.’s own Nathaniel Stroman turned Earthquake says. “I don’t have a plan, I just step on stage and it goes from there.”

Refreshingly charming with a pristine presentation Quake looks amazing as if he hadn’t been in the game for 20 years. His fans were excited to receive him as the unforgettable Uncle Mike in Chris Rock’s beloved Everybody Hates Chris a recurring role he had the world on board with his infectious…’Big man!’. If Quake has learned nothing else about himself he has learned that what he says impacts language. A popular property in stand-‐up his schedule is full and he revels in his accomplishments while traveling the world.

“These ain’t jokes!” he bellows from stage to stage as he reveals truths about himself and others that in any other circumstance may not be a laughing matter. “The essence of comedy is in exposing uncomfortable truths,” he says in an interview. “Finding a way for the public to accept these truths is the art of the craft.”

Catch Quake Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM; Friday, January 4, 2019 at 7:00 and 9:15 PM; Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 7:00 and 9:15 PM; and Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Damage is $25.00, VIP $60, with a two item minimum; 18 & over only.

Beginning as a stand-up comedian in Chicago, Craig Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal “Just For Laughs” Festival. Before deciding to pursue his comedy career full time, Robinson was a K-8 teacher in the Chicago Public School System. He earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his Masters of Education from St. Xavier University. It was while Craig was studying education in Chicago that he also discovered his love of acting and comedy. Craig is best known for his portrayal of Daryl Philban in NBC’s THE OFFICE but has also starred in such movies as KNOCKED UP, THIS IS THE END, THE HOT TUB TIME MACHINE SERIES, and MORRIS FROM AMERICA the latter of which he won a Special Grand Jury prize for acting at Sundance in 2016. Craig also plays the role of Leroy in FOX’s paranormal comedy series, GHOSTED.

Craig Robinson Show Times are Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM; Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM; Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM. Damage is $30.00 – $60.00 with a two item minimum, 18 & over only.

Michelle Wolf has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the comedy landscape as she continues on the path of a breakout year, with the Village Voice calling her “the voice comedy needs right now” and The Daily Beast declaring, “Michelle Wolf is the future of stand-up comedy.” She recently served as the executive producer, writer, and host of the critically-acclaimed variety sketch series “The Break with Michelle Wolf” on Netflix. Previously, she made international headlines as the much buzzed-about headliner of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner.

Wolf debuted her first hour-long stand-up special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady”, on HBO late last year. The well-reviewed special tackled a wide range of topics from her surprising thoughts on feminism, the environment and why Hilary Clinton could not be a “nice lady,” and more of life’s everyday absurdities. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special.

Wolf was previously as an on-air contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Prior to joining “The Daily Show,” she was a writing supervisor and performer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” where she also made her late-night television debut in July 2014. She appeared frequently on the show in various bits and as the popular recurring character she created, “Grown-Up Annie.”

Additionally, Wolf created and starred in two digital series, “Now Hiring” and “Used People” for Comedy Central and was a writer on the “88th Academy Awards” hosted by Chris Rock. She was named to Vulture’s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015” and was one of “The Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC” by Time Out New York. She was also named to Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 funniest people on Twitter right now (@michelleisawolf) and selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” for the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Wolf headlines comedy clubs and colleges all over the country and has performed at a number of festivals including Outside Lands, Moontower, Bonnaroo, Just For Laughs Montreal, JFL 42 and the Dublin Comedy Festival. In 2016 she completed an incredibly successful first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a sold out run of her debut hour-long stand-up show “Michelle Wolf: So Brave.” The critically acclaimed show, which earned her a nomination for the Best Newcomer Prize from the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, garnered numerous four-star reviews from top publications such as the Guardian, Herald and Scotsman.

When not crisscrossing the nation on tour, Wolf lives in New York. She is an avid long-distance runner in her limited free time.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM; Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM; Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM. Damage $35.00 – $45.00, with two item minimum, 18 & over only.

This article originally appeared in the Nashville Pride

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