Dr Carl Hurley grew up near the Rockcastle River in Eastern Kentucky. He holds a BS and MA in Industrial Education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Missouri. For eight years he was a professor of education at Eastern Kentucky University and coordinated the university's secondary educate program. Faced with increasing invitations to speak, he left his professorship to become a full time speaker and entertainer.
In the 1940’s and 1950’s Dr. Carl Hurley heard family stories and tales from neighbors and friends from an early age. Living on a three acre farm, his simple upbringing gave him a sense of place and as Hurley recalls, “Humor was never far away.”
Hurley is a natural born storyteller and he spins his stories with a simple expressiveness that is refreshing in the world of comedy. Hurley finds humor in all corners, poking fun at his personal foibles and allowing the listener to relate to and laugh at ones self, and at the human condition.
Carl Hurley books, videos and tapes can also be found at Renfro Valley and The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, KY; and at many fine bookstores around the state.