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Michele (Shelly) Wendling Ryan is a comedian and an author. She was born funny with a vivid imagination. Being an only child this trait was useful, although her parents never determined how many imaginary siblings Shelly had. By high school, she realized a sense of humor was more than entertaining; it was therapeutic.

Laughter connects people. Look at how contagious it is. Someone can be laughing and even if you don’t know what they are laughing about, it makes you want to start laughing.” ~Shelly Ryan

The conglomerate of Shelly’s work, known as “Comedylove,” includes: sketch comedy scripts, stand-up comedy (including emceeing charity events), humor columnist and blogger, host of Feel Teal Talk and author of Floor It! Road Trips Down the Humor Highway.

Shelly’s spirituality is based in gratitude and she believes her unique blend of humor is a gift from God. Her mission with Comedylove is to make the world a happier, healthier place. Her fans comment how laughing with Shelly helps them cope with both emotional and physical pain.

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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. 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. Shelly Ryan

After graduating from Funny Farm University in 2005, Shelly’s appeared at several Atlanta comedy clubs and has emceed for a variety of events including Boxerstock. Her closest brush with fame was Nick at Nite’s "Funniest Mom Contest." But don’t let the mild-mannered, middle-aged mom persona fool you!  Shelly’s comedy has been enjoyed world-wide on live streaming 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 and is a prolific blogger. She’s a regular contributor to the e-zine Flip Side to Music 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. Her mission: to make the world a better place by spreading the universal language of laughter. She shares her own fairy tale in her CD Shelly’s Nursery Rhymes: The REST of the Story…


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Vanessa Lowry is an author, artist, radio host, marketing consultant, and graphic designer. In addition to hosting Art as Worship on, she leverages more than 30 years of design and marketing expertise to assist book authors who are self-publishing. Vanessa has self-published eight of her own books including The Magical Influence of Listening. This book was created in collaboration with nine co-authors including Empower Radio's founder Brent Carey. Vanessa is currently writing a book from information collected through the Art as Worship radio show. Find out more about this project and Vanessa at