1) Were you funny as a kid?
Brian: I was an extremely silly child. I started writing comedy bits at about age 13, not standup, but just comedy pieces.
Brian: I started at a comedy workshop.
Brian: Doing 5 minutes at the Comedy Zone after being in the workshop for a couple of months.
Brian: I did a emcee gig with Lance Montalto for $25 about six months after being in the workshop.
Brian: Still waiting on the real big break! I've had several small ones - opening for Huey Lewis and The News, JJ Walker, and Tommy Chong, the gig at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and two cruise gigs for Carnival Cruise Line.
THE ART OF BEING A COMEDIAN
Brian: Follow your dreams; and also, interesting bits about everyday life.
Brian: I like George Carlin. I listened to his records growing up.
Brian: I would love to do TV and/or movies either acting or writing.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ACT
Brian: I don't read any comedy books, but I do write them.
Brian: I try to keep everything I write even if it's not funny to begin with. I have stuff I wrote over 20 years ago and some of it wound up in my books.
Brian: Once I joined the workshop and learned how to write standup, I started writing everything down I could think of. My writing is more freeform, as I don't have a set formula. When I get angry or upset, I seem to come up with some killer stuff.
Brian: I'm always tweaking or adding to my act. If I find some new wording, or stretch a certain segment of a bit and it works, it stays in the show. I love to experiment with what I have, it keeps my material/act fresh and it almost always results in new twists and tag lines.
YOUR UNIQUE SENSE OF HUMOR
Brian: Jaws, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Wild Bunch
Brian: I'm on Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, and yes, Twitter.
Brian: I used to help out in the comedy workshop I attended once I had been there a few years. I also like to help new guys out if they ask for advice. There's several comics that will call me and run something by me, and I do the same with them.
EXAMPLES OF YOUR WORK
Brian: There are videos and pics on my website - Brian T. Shirley
Brian: The last one I did (about a week ago) was great! R ight now, that's my favorite until I have another one like that.
Brian: Magical. It never gets old when you make a crowd roar.
YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE FIELD OF HUMOR
Brian: My stage presence, delivery and writing has changed. I don't think humor has changed in general, it's the presentation that changes.
Brian: Trends come in go in all art forms and comedy is no exception. I could not name all the trends I've seen, they run from the Redneck guys to the def Jam and everything in between.
Brian: I think comedy is therapy for the crowd and the performer, you don't need a couch.
Brian: I saw it on TV, it scared me!
AWARDS, CERTIFICATIONS, HONORS
Brian: Just the comedy workshop where I started.
Brian: No degrees but the one in life.
Brian: I think the concept of controlled insanity has influenced my act the most.
Brian: Who needs a certificate!
Brian: My continuing education is to continue writing and experiencing life. When that stops - I'm done (for).
WHERE CAN PEOPLE SEE YOUR ACT
Brian: I was in an independent film called " After Hours".
Brian: I have two books out "Make Love Not Warts" and Four Score And Seven Beers Ago...".
Brian: I've helped some of my comedy buddies with their jokes, but that's about it.
Brian: Darryl Rhoades and Dave ugly are the two guys I bang stuff off of the most.
Brian: My website calendar is the best place to see my schedule.
Brian: I'm not sure if it can change the world, but it can help (us) deal with the world.
Brian: Yes, people who laugh actually have a better healing rate. I made a guy stop bleeding one time by making him laugh.
Brian: No, but I did live in an imaginary world.
Brian: I believes Jesus was my savior and he laughed. I think God laughs at us all the time, we're his reality show, the original reality show.
Brian: The government would really screw that up!
Brian: I would run under protest.
Brian: It's not as easy as it looks and if you want to make a lot of money, quit now.