Brian T Shirley Actor/Comedian/Writer

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Brian T Shirley



Brian has toured the USA, Canada, The Bahamas and Japan for over 25 years. He's worked well known comedy clubs, resorts, cruise ships, special events, military installations and corporate functions. Brian mixes Menology, characters, Improvisation and stories from his third book "A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Club" to form a well honed show. He continues to add to his show and has embarked on an acting career that has already landed him several roles. His talents also include writing, hosting radio shows, storytelling, web series and trivia.  


 As of May 6th 2021 Brian is one of 74 contestants competing in the Hudson Nissan Talent search. The auditions are now LIVE on Hudson's Talent Search site and open to public voting until June 4th. You can vote for your favorite once a day. The next phase will be the Top Ten vote getters and more on that when we get there. Here's the link to vote for Brian, scroll down, he's near the bottom.  Meet the Contestants (






Brian is now a part of a book called "200 Comedy Writers and Standups walk into a book" now available for FREE as an ebook. paperback coming soon!! Books | Moher Books   




 BIG ANNOUCEMENT!! As a cast member of "Dinner Detective", Brian performed a private show on the set of "Real Housewives of Atlanta", which aired on the Bravo Network Jan. 31st 8 and 10:30 PM EST. You can watch the show by following this link Watch Beach, Please! | The Real Housewives of Atlanta ( 


 Here's some still shots from the show. Brian played "Peter Parker", the Killer. 



 Brian has several audio books on Audible & Amazon that he narrated, here's three of them entitled 
 "Citizen Kane and American Politics" , "Ozone Therapy". and "Max Engels party Wins"





   Here's the trailer for the Award winning short thriller "ANGUISH", which premiered on Sparkk TV Dec 18th 2020 and has been ranked #1 in their weekly Top Ten for several weeks in a row and continues to stay in the Top 2 spots!  This film has also been screened in several Film Festivals! 







 A link to Brian's IMDB page 


 Brian has been nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" for his role in "Life With Darby"



 Brian can be seen in the brand new music video for the band "Ranky Tanky" with the song and title track for the album "Good Time" which dropped on July 12, 2019. Here's the video, enjoy and check out their sophomore offer wherever you buy music!!  

 UPDATE!!! Ranky Tanky  won the GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots Album "Good Time"! (2020) 


   Brian can be seen in the Rap Video "Right back" from The Art Dealer (2021)







 Current/Upcoming Films/TV Shows  "Dine with the Devil" (May 2019), "Composite" (April 2019),  "Mark of the Butterfly" (2020), "Wrong Guy" (2019)


 "Veterans in Blue" (2016), "Treasure Box" (2020), "100 Bodies" (2020), "Outer Banks" (Netflix April 2020) , "Life with Darby" (2020), "Anguish" (2020),

"Full Circle" (2019), "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (2020), "The Senator" (2017)




When you think of Brian T. Shirley, he has the look of a Don Rickles, the comedy of a George Carlin with a touch of Robin Williams but when you roll it all together, it is pure and unique and something only Brian T. Shirley can deliver. 

Janice Hermsen

Columnist, Publishing Consultant, Radio Host

"What's the Story?" Reno, NV

 Reviews of Brian T Shirley shows  

 It’s awards season and Brian has won GigMasters ‘Best of’ Award for 2017!  This highly sought-after award by GigMasters, honors those vendors that have earned 4 or more reviews of 4 stars or higher in 2017.




 A link to Brian's profile on Gigmasters



Here's a few VERIFIED Reviews of Brian's show from the Gigmasters and Gigsalad web sites.

 Michelle Wilson     

 Review received on 4/23/2021

Head full of material - great delivery!

Brian was contacted with less than 24hrs notice to perform. He was prompt in his responses and delivered on what he promised. You can tell that he knows how to "feel" a crowd, deliver the punch line and wrap up on time!

  • Reviewer: Seth Reimer
  • Event Date: April 22nd, 2021
  • Services Provided: Comedy Show
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5  
Verified Review
Dorian H.  February 7, 2021

Working with Brian was a great experience! Great communication, friendly, and did an excellent job! I look forward to working with him again in the near future!


Review for Virtual Show on 12/11/20

Hello Brian T Shirley,
Lisa S has submitted the following review for Gig ID #3919711:
Client Review
Super easy to work with! Great virtual show.
Client Ratings
Lisa gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
  • Professionalism: 5
  • Accommodating: 5
  • Overall Talent: 5
  • Recommendation: 5
  • Overall satisfaction: 5



Review received on 9/20/2020

Made the Day Great!

I understand that his story(ies) captivated the children where they had lots of questions! I would definitely want him to do this again for me...

  • Reviewer: Gloria Ricks
  • Event Date: September 19th, 2020
  • Services Provided: Storyteller
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 

Review for Jan 2020


Gig 3812200 - submitted by Elton  J

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate Brian T Shirley in terms of their professionalism? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how accommodating was Brian T Shirley in handling special requests for your event? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate Brian T Shirley in terms of their overall talent? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how strongly would you recommend Brian T Shirley to a friend? Score: 5

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate your overall satisfaction with Brian T Shirley? Score: 5

Additional Comments:
Brian was extremely accommodating and willing to do whatever was required to connect with the audience. He performed without a warm up act and was extremely funny and professional in doing so! Thanks for helping to make our event a success Brian, it was much appreciated!



Review received on 3/21/2019

Comedy for High School Students

Our students and teachers really enjoyed Brian!

  • Reviewer: Letitia Sowers
  • Event Date: March 20th, 2019
  • Services Provided: Comedy Show
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Entertaining and appropriate

Brian spoke to a small group of about 50 people before a fundraising auction. He kept the group entertained and laughing. The group varies with many different kinds of beliefs/values/political views and he was able to hit topics that everyone enjoyed hearing about.

  • Reviewer: Sarah Pope
  • Event Date: January 16th, 2019
  • Services Provided: Comedian
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5


Client Review

Brian Shirley was and Is a wonderful funny comedian whom I would recommend him to everyone. His performance was out of this world. The party was adult and children friendly. His jokes were clean honest and so so funny. I am now horse due to all the laughing I did on yesterday. Mr. Shirley was professional and down to earth this Is what makes a great comedian. I would highly recommend him always. I am not just saying this because it is a review I'm telling you the truth he is incredible with reasonable prices, and goes out of his way for his customers and crowds. Thank you for sponsoring Mr. Shirley a great comedian. Very loved. Ty
Client Ratings
michelle gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
  • Professionalism: 5
  • Quality of service: 5
  • Ability to handle special requests: 5
  • Willingness to recommend to a friend: 5
  • Overall satisfaction: 5
 Here's a link to the site
 A review off Gigmasters

US Navy Salutes an Air Force Veteran

We hired Brian to provide the  entertainment at our recent reunion banquet. 137 former sailors and their ladies of the USS Wainwright Veterans Association enjoyed his jokes, stories and the way he engaged the crowd. Brian arrived at the beginning of the evening and joined us for dinner before his time on stage. He listened to all that was going on and was able to tailor his act to fit our particular group, with some good-natured ribbing of the more prominent members of the association. What he and Gigsalad charged was more than reasonable. If your group is looking for something other than the same old, same old, check him out. There are plenty of videos of his act on line as well as his own "BTS on the Road" productions.

  • Reviewer: Manny Seligmann
  • Event Date: July 16th, 2016
  • Services Provided: Comedian
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5
 A review from Uwharrie Vineyards 
  Uwharrie Vineyards & Winery, Albemarle NC
Uwharrie Vineyards & Winery
Albemarle NC 
One of the Absolute Best Comedians By Far. We've hosted him twice here at the winery, the last two years, and it's been standing room applause after both performances. We've already booked him a year in advance for next year. Brian brings so many different styles and techniques to the stage, and you could never ask for a better performance by anyone. I'm the GM and Winemaker here, and I highly recommend Brain for all of your future events.
Danny W has submitted the following review for Gig ID #3135233:
Client Review
Thanks Brian! Brian rocked it Saturday night! Thanks again! Everyone is talking about the Charlotte Party already!! I think we will have some Wilmington and Raleigh jealous folks!! One of the guys held out on the UFC fight in Charlotte to finish hearing you out! He couldn’t go and never stopped laughing!! Awesome! Our CEO had high marks for Brian and this set the tone for Charlotte the rest of the year!! All 5's easy! Thanks Brian!
Client Ratings
Danny gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
  • Professionalism: 5
  • Accommodating: 5
  • Overall Talent: 5
  • Recommendation: 5
  • Overall satisfaction: 5 
Overall Talent


We hired Brian shortly before our event, not giving him the proper time to prepare that we should have, but despite this fact... he rocked it! We couldn’t have been more pleased with his professionalism prior to the event, both in how he handled himself and the fact that he even provided music prior to the event. As for the show itself... he was a seasoned pro and it showed. His comedic style and punchline deliveries were on point! I hated the show had to end because he had everyone rolling! I was thoroughly impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to hire him again or recommend his services. He was a great guy with great work!

Review by . from Ocean Isle Beach, NC on               

 BTS Entertainment Corner

 Brian host's a segment called "BTS Entertainment Corner", which is aired on "What's the Story?" Radio show on 1180 AM out of Reno, NV every Monday 6-7 PM EST. This segment is now in NSAEN magazine and the printed version of "What's the Story/" publication. 




  You can pick up a printed copy in "What's the Story?" publication at one of Brian's live  shows.


 "What's the Story?" online link








 "Veterans in Blue", "The Socumentary" & "Dine with the Devil" now on e360tv!!

  BIG NEWS!!  "Two go comes out. A Socumentary" "Veterans in Blue" & "Dine with the Devil" are now on  e360tv which can be downloaded to your Amazon Fire, Apple TV and ROKU devices FOR FREE!!  NSAEN Video Magazine Channel is now up on e360tv which has these short films & more!!Download now and get ready to laugh your socks off!!



The Socumentary has premiered on Sparkk TV and has spent several weeks in the Weekly Top 10 on the site!!  


 A link to a review of the film on the "Memosaic" Blog  called "Something's Afoot"

 A link to the film's IMDB page  

 Dine with the Devil is now on e360tv, MiniflyxTV and Fun Size Horror film platforms!!  





Bengleton Socks WEB TV Series

Brian's scripted WEB TV Series has four episodes in it's first season, with one of the episodes being screened at the "Mountain of Laughs Comedy Festival" in Gatlinburg, TN April 8th 2017!! The "Naughty or Nice" episode won 3rd place in the Macoproject Online Film Festival. Here's a teaser video for the first season.  

 The episode entitled 'Bummer" in season 2, was shown at the LAFF-IN Film Festival in the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy Aug 11th 2018!!








BTS on the Road



 This WEB TV series shows the viewers what it's like to be a touring entertainer.




A regular series on "Sparkk TV" !! BTS OTR Premiered on 10-24-17 and was shown for 3 seasons which included all long form episodes. Brian still does BTS OTR with shorter social media posts.  



 Also seen in NSAEN Online Magazine