Meet the Storytellers and Comedians of Real Stories, Real Funny, UT Tyler Edition

This story was updated Nov. 6. Due to severe weather on its original date, the show has been rescheduled.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, four UT Tyler alumni will take the stage at the school’s University Center theater and tell their true, personal stories paired with comedians to keep the laughs coming.

The event, presented by The Tyler Loop in partnership with the university’s department of social sciences, is free to the public. Meet the Tyler university alumni and comedians in the show.

Victoria Carpenter, storyteller

📷 courtesy Victoria Carpenter

Victoria Carpenter, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, has been a resident of Tyler for the past eight years. She received her associate’s degree in General Studies from Tyler Junior College in 2019 and graduated from The University of Texas at Tyler in the spring of 2022, where she studied English and psychology.

Tyler Elliott, comedian

📷 courtesy Tyler Elliott

Tyler Elliott is tall. Originally from Oklahoma, he now calls Texas home. Elliott’s soft-spoken delivery can sheathe the bite hiding in his bits. He has a knack for assembling original, engaging ideas and capping them with dynamite punchlines. 

Khaled Elsayed, storyteller

📷 Grayson Lackey

Khaled Elsayed is a Muslim Egyptian who moved to East Texas nearly nine years ago. He received his Masters of Engineering from UT Tyler and now works for the City of Tyler as an IT engineer. Khaled loves traveling, reading about cyber security and horseback riding.

Shruti Patil, storyteller

📷 Jamie Maldonado

Shruti Patil is a data analyst with the City of Tyler. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s in electronics and computer science in Hyderabad, India, and attended UT Tyler. She is member of Leadership Tyler Class 33 and the assistant area director for Toastmasters Area 14. She loves to cook, do yoga and tai chi, and lives in Tyler with her husband and son.

Clarence Shackelford, storyteller

📷 Jamie Maldonado

Clarence Edmond Shackelford was born in Tyler, Texas, and also lived in Germany while in the US Army. He has owned a television network since 1999. He retired as a photographer for the state of Texas when he was 54 years old. He is the founder of Tour Tyler, Texas and the Texas African American Museum, both flagstaff programs under the auspices of the Tyler-based nonprofit Empowerment Community Development Corporation. He married his childhood best friend, Anita.

Byron Stamps, comedian

📷 courtesy Byron Stamps

Byron Stamps is the creator of Truth in Comedy, a national touring storytelling, stand-up comedy and art show. He has performed at comedy festivals across the country including Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Memphis Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest.

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Jane Neal is the executive director of The Tyler Loop and storytelling director of Out of the Loop: True Stories about Tyler and East Texas. In addition to the Loop, she works at the Literacy Council of Tyler and attends Sam Houston State University remotely, where she studies sociology. Jane is a certified interfaith spiritual guide. She is a member of Leadership Tyler Class 33 and a former teacher of French at Robert E. Lee High School, where she ran a storytelling program called Senior Stories. Jane and her husband Don have four children.