Earthquake – About Got Damm Time (Platinum
Sound: C+ Extras: C Concert: B-
I had never heard of Earthquake, but his humor in his Platinum
Comedy Series installment entitled About Got Damm Time covers topics
of racism, poverty, terrorism, more racism, relationships, realities and has
him be bold while being laid back about it.
That is not easy to do, but he has got the finesse to pull it off, and
that leads to good comic timing.
Excessive uses of the “N” word aside, the nearly hour-long performance.
Remarkably, he never stops being funny, especially since
the humor is based on a certain narrow worldview that is necessary for his
jokes to pay off. This is not
necessarily artificial and this is comedy after all, but he is coming up with
ideas and observations many are thinking (regardless of color too, for that
matter) and there are the insults.
Without ruining anything, he jokes that the one benefit of 9/11 is that
it is the first time in U.S. history the government was not looking to target
African Americans, which he says he tested the day after with glee and
joy. That is the kind of
no-holds-barred approach he offers and it is worth a look.
The full frame 1.33 X 1 image was shot on NTSC analog,
professional video and is just fine for a recent taping, lacking fine detail,
but is consistent in every other way.
The editing is good too, as is the crowd. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but has earthquake
loud and clear, along with his audience.
The combination is just fine.
Besides a slew of trailers for other programs and one for this one,
there is a piece of the comedian before going on stage that runs just over 10
minutes. It shows another side of him,
so it was worth including.
- Nicholas Sheffo