ONCE UPON A TIME...
…there was a little girl who loved to make people laugh
Michele Wendling (Shelly) Ryan was born in the kingdom of Minneapolis. After being enlightened by great literature (okay, storybook tales), she developed a vivid imagination. Being an only child this trait was useful, although her parents never determined how many imaginary siblings Shelly had.
Children eventually have to decide what they want to be when they grow up. Not easy when your role models give conflicting messages. Could a happy medium exist between innocent fairy tale princess and buxom fashion model? Shelly thought this incongruity was funny!
By high school Shelly realized a sense of humor was more than entertaining; it was therapeutic! This marching band nerd (who stayed home cleaning the fireplace waiting for Prince Charming to show up) spent her weekends laughing with Saturday Night Live, especially Gilda Radner.
Inspired by great sketch comedy, Shelly began her adventure in 2004 by joining other writers at SketchWorks, where two of her scripts were produced in a showcase. She also co-wrote a piece that appeared as the closing act in one of their main stage performances.
After graduating from Funny Farm University in 2005, Shelly’s appeared at several Atlanta comedy clubs and has emceed for a variety of charitable events including the Boxerstock music festival. Her closest brush with fame was Nickelodeon at Nite’s “Funniest Mom Contest.” But don’t let the mild-mannered, middle-aged mom persona fool you!
Shelly’s humor has been enjoyed world-wide on internet radio. In addition to numerous guest appearances and co-hosting gigs, she produced a virtual comedy cabaret and hosted her own variety talk show. She regularly observes the absurdities of life; in addition to her audio and video pieces, Shelly’s a prolific blogger.
She contributed to the Flip Side to Music e-zine with her monthly Humor Highway column and audio commentaries. Shelly’s joined other artists at the Feel Teal Club, promoting awareness for ovarian cancer by adding her gift of laughter and a very personal tribute to the late Gilda Radner.
Shelly considers herself to be a late bloomer rapidly making up for lost time and is “Flooring It” with her first book . Her mission: to make the world a better place by spreading the Comedylove. She shares her own fairy tale in her CD “Shelly’s Nursery Rhymes: The REST of the Story…”
…and everyone laughed happily ever after!