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Earthquake shakes up ABC

T'stone signs King of Comedy vet for show

An Earthquake is about to hit ABC and Touchstone Television.

Studio has signed the comic known as Earthquake to a talent holding and development deal designed to result in a half-hour comedy project built around his act. Producer David Himmelfarb (“My Wife and Kids”) will serve as exec producer on any project that results from the deal.

Earthquake, a veteran of “Kings of Comedy” producer Walter Latham’s standup tours, is expected to topline a family comedy, according to Touchstone Television prexy Steve McPherson.

“I saw him as part of the ‘Kings of Comedy 2’ tour,” exec said. “He’s an equal-opportunity offender but he’s a truth-sayer. He wants to do a show about a proud American father who’s done everything right in life, but that’s still not enough.”

McPherson said Earthquake has “a bit of Roseanne and Archie Bunker in him. He has a very interesting voice for an African-American lead.”

Earthquake recently toplined his own special for Comedy Central. He also starred in the just-released DVD “Latham Entertainment Presents,” taped in Chicago.

Comic is also a headliner on the upcoming Crown Royal Comedy Soul Fest, a 20-city tour mixing comedy with music from performers such as Earth, Wind and Fire.

Deal was brokered by Gersh, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Stephen Barnes.

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