“If we can’t laugh about parenting, we’re being uptight and missing the essence of our responsibility”.
For Shirlee, the joke is in the everyday occurrences and she grabs them all. Having raised a houseful of kids, she’s got enough material to last a lifetime.
Who decides what cereal the kids eat for breakfast maybe a decision in some families but that’s not quite how Shirlee tells it.
Her story of the high priced vet in the up-scale area of Pasadena where she took her daughter’s cat who she named Black Lives Matter (just so the receptionist wouldn’t want to call him by name) has her audience laughing to the full beat of her “Straight Outta Pasadena” routine.
Her parenting classes at the women’s prison have a huge wait list because she delivers much needed information BUT, as the inmates say, “she keeps it real “. She keeps it rolling by infusing her “wicked” sense of humor.
Shirlee’s comedy career began in 1985 when she worked as a road comic – performing at clubs on the California, Oregon and Washington Coast. She also taught comic traffic school.
That Department of Motor Vehicles experience gives her “swag” and hoots and cheers from the audience when on stage she sets up her innocence in the traffic calamity of running over a squirrel who wasn’t in the crosswalk and delivers the punchline in explaining how it happened.
Shirlee’s taken a lengthy hiatus to raise her newborn foster daughter, Brandi, who is now 26.
Shirlee, at the age of eighty is, as Willie Nelson lays it out, “On The Road Again.”