DAVE SHIRLEY (Actor, Author)
Dave Shirley began his illustrious performing career on the streets of Colorado juggling fire and swallowing razor blades, one dollar at a time. It was there that he began a lifelong pursuit of skills that had very little purpose in life. Talents such as eating fire, doing magic tricks, and balancing objects brought him lots of joy—but practically no future. Naturally, he then experimented with other types of performing such as improvisation, traditional stage theater and sketch comedy, pursuits with an equally fun but grim future.
But, after many years of honing his acting skills, Dave created Rattlebrain Theater Company in Denver, Colorado. There, he succeeded as the head writer and Artistic Director for Rattlebrain's critically acclaimed original comedies. He even got paid more than one dollar.
Dave now focuses his energy on a brand-new one-man show that he describes as “pure fiction,” although anyone who knows him well can recognize the sprinkling of truth throughout. The good news is, he has finally found a purpose for a lifetime's-worth of useless talents—by putting them into a single show with the purpose of celebrating failure while making you laugh.