Dave Shirley’s One Man Show “RattleBrain” (Relentless Comedy)

January 11, 2013
8:00 pm
January 18, 2013
8:00 pm
January 25, 2013
8:00 pm
February 1, 2013
8:00 pm
February 8, 2013
8:00 pm
February 15, 2013
8:00 pm
February 22, 2013
8:00 pm

“Shirley’s bits draw from Chaplin, Monty Python, vaudeville and Saturday Night Live.”

Nominated for BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE – Denver Post Ovation Awards

Lannie Garrett says, “There is no other show on earth like RATTLEBRAIN and no other performer quite as endearing and talented as Dave Shirley.”  She would know, she went to see his show 3 times last year, bringing new friends each time.  Lannie was so impressed with the originality, talent and pure entertainment value of it, that she decided to bring RATTLEBRAIN to Lannie’s in 2013.

You can’t explain it.  You just have to see it.  Trust us, you’ll be talking about it to all of your friends.  We’ll try:  RATTLEBRAIN is a high-tech multimedia journey through the hilarious and boldly original mind of Dave Shirley.  He draws inspiration from the greats such as Chaplin and Monty Python all the while keeping the show original and new.  A former street performer, Dave utilizes a unique and otherwise useless arsenal of comedic skills to take you on a roller coaster ride riddled with surprises, jaw-dropping originality and lots and lots of laughs!

RATTLEBRAIN is Dave’s hysterical, tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek story of an epic rise to mediocrity and a dramatic fall to redemption as told through the brilliant mind of Mr. Shirley.


Dave 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.  In early 2000, Dave created the Rattlebrain Theater Company in Denver.  There he succeeded as the head writer and artistic director for Rattlebrain’s critically acclaimed original comedies.

He has finally found a purpose for a lifetime’s worth of useless skills — by putting them into a single show with the sole purpose of making people laugh.


Something is wrong with Dave.

A failed street performer, Dave finds himself at the most pathetic point in his illustrious busker career as the “Silver Statue Guy,” the lowest rung on the street performer ladder. Not knowing when or how he got to this point in his life, Dave takes us on a roller coaster ride riddled with broken track in an effort to find out why and when it all went wrong.

His stops along the way include children’s birthday parties, a short lived stint as a Catholic Priest, a national tour of southeast Colorado, his unique talent to juggle lemons without the use of his hands and an endearing love story gone bad.  In time, Dave understands what he must face and performs the most epic comeback performance in street performer history fulfilling his destiny to follow in his father’s footsteps.  This hilarious and pathetic journey is performed as a high-tech multimedia tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek story of an epic rise to mediocrity and a dramatic fall to redemption.


“Ridiculous, inventive and oddly old school fun, all at once…”  – Denver Post

“…my cheeks and belly hurt from laughing.”HelloDenver.com

“In Denver, Shirley is the Super Dave of comedy.”


Friday, February 22nd at 8pm – FINAL SHOW!

Doors 7pm, please arrive by 7:45 to claim your reserved/assigned seats


We do not issue physical tickets. Once purchased, your name will be added to our reservations list, check in at our box office when you arrive.

NOTE: If you would like to be seated as a group/with friends, please include the first and last name of the agreed upon group name on the line provided: GROUP. Group seating is not guaranteed if requested within 3 hours of show-time. If a show is almost sold out, we cannot guarantee group seating. Purchase early if you can!

If you do not receive a confirmation email within 30 minutes of completing your purchase, call (303) 293-0075.

Most shows have assigned seating based on order of ticket purchase and party size, assigned front to back. The venue is intimate, no seats are far from the stage.

Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable to other shows/dates. (You can sell or give them to friends if you can’t make it.)

If you have special seating needs, (wheelchairs/elderly, etc) PLEASE let us know in advance.

We reserve the right to give up reserved seats after the show begins.

Doors typically open one hour prior to show-time (check website for info)

We serve appetizers, desserts, cocktails, wine, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages.

All tickets include sales tax.