Brian T Shirley Actor/Comedian/Writer

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Explaining "Earl"!

Posted by briantshirley on March 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (587)

 I'm sure my whole family will get a kick out of this post when they read it, but it's been a long time coming. I'm going to "out" myself to the public.

I'm very SILLY!

There, I said it. I was an extremely silly child, who grew into a silly teenager and just when I thought the silliness would end it didn't.

One of the silliest things I ever did was come up with a hand signal to denote a person's name that cracked me up and that name was "Earl". I'm not sure why I got a ...

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The Chow Hall sends a S.O.S.

Posted by briantshirley on June 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (6)

 There's a little delicacy in the military known as S.O.S or Shit on a Shingle. It invloves, though some people may debate the ingrediants, chipped beef & gravy over toast with a great deal of pepper.If you feel I'm in error you can send your own recipes in the comments section at the bottom of this post.This term has been used for the above mentioned feast since about 1935. I did not have the pleasure of tasting these tender vittles as I was in the U.S.A.F.

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Arthur Ravenel, Jr. knows my Dad

Posted by briantshirley on April 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (4)

   You don't have to know who Arthur Ravenel,Jr. is to enjoy this story, but I'll tell you who he is anyway. He served in the United States Marine Corps ( that's pronounced " Core" by the way) from 1945 to 1946. He is a Realtor and general contracter. He served as a Democrat in the S.C. State House of Rep. in the1950's and as a Republican for the S.C. Senate 1980-86. He then served as a member of the U.S. Congress from 1987- 1995. The cable-stayed bridge tha...

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Dave Ugly has a way with women.

Posted by briantshirley on July 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (2)

 I was performing in Myrtle Beach about 10 years ago with my good friends Dave Ugly(Dave Evans) and Jay Moore (Rowland Jay Moore). We had finished our show and decided to go out for some drinks and maybe run into some women. We were single comedians in Mrytle Beach during the summer, what do you expect?

 We were at a bar shooting some pool and at some point three young ladies came in. The math was perfect so we started talking to them and soon they were pla...

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My Perfect Hell Gig

Posted by briantshirley on July 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (4)

 Charlie Daniels sang about the Devil going down to Georgia. If the Prince of darkness visited the Peach State, I'm willing to bet he built a summer home in Forsyth. I did a show in Forsyth,Ga. several years ago and I still shudder when I drive by the area just off  I-75.

  The "Comedy Club" was located in a hotel bar. There was a decent stage with a good size dance floor in front of it and the dance floor was not for seating the audience. That meant t...

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The Dating Service Debacle

Posted by briantshirley on June 22, 2011 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (4)


 After having been single for a while and trying several avenues to find a woman, for example, on-line dating sites (still trying that a little), church, ( found a nice woman, it didn't work, but I'm still attending), night clubs, grocery stores, and yard sales, I found a dating service in town and decided to give it a shot. Have you ever bought a new/used car or been to one of those time share things? This was kind of like that.Let me explain.


I sho...

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The Toymaker

Posted by briantshirley on April 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (0)

  Back in the days of the first Gulf War, I was keeping the U.S. safe at Dyess,AFB in Abilene TX., by partying and chasing women. Hey, someone had to do it. One weekend, me and my fellow airman Jared Derringer, decided we would venture out to Dallas, TX., for a few days and take up the chase there, as to give  the women in Abilene a break.

 On our second night in Dallas, we were heading out to the clubs when I came up with a plan on how we would approach and engage our qu...

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Where is The Fat Doctor?

Posted by briantshirley on April 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (3)

  Over 20 years ago I was emceeing a show at The Comedy Zone in Chas.,SC. It was my home club where I started and I was just getting more stage time and I had about 7-10 minutes of decent material. The headliner that night was The Fat Doctor, whom I've since worked with several times over the years.

 I went up and started the show with about 5 minutes of comedy then brought up the feature act,whose name escapes me. After his 30 minute routine, I went back up, did a few more b...

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Dave Ugly " The Underwear Incident"

Posted by briantshirley on August 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (5)

 Several years ago I had a gig in N.C. on the coast and one of my good friends Dave Evans( aka Dave Ugly) asked if he could tag along, as he did not have a gig that week and wanted to get out of town for a few days. I said "sure" and, " maybe he could even emcee or do a guest spot if he wanted " providing the club owner was cool with it. We knew Dave would have to stay in my room as he was not on the bill, but that was cool with both of us, we'd been friends for years.


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The Frogman of Havlock

Posted by briantshirley on March 29, 2010 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Where: Havlock, N.C.  The Club:Chopper's Place

Date: 3/27/10



  I was about 35 minutes into my set and I was talking about an activity men sometimes when they are alone ( or with a willing partner) to releive themselves sexually. At some point during this a man speaks up and says " I use both my hands, I'm AMPHIBIOUS!" After the laughter died down about 2 minutes later I said " You mean Ambidextrous, you damn frog". For the rest of the show...

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