As a result of his standup comedy’s great reception, Tymon
developed his routine into a much anticipated one-man show titled “The
Memoirs of East St. Louis,” which premiered at Masquer’s Cafe in Hollywood in 2000.
Hilarious, heart-warming, and sometimes sad, he tells of the travails of
his childhood, reminding us of how our identities as adults became
constructed. Recollecting moments that are moving, embarrassing, loving,
and painful, sometimes all at the same time, from the
impossible-to-swallow government peanut butter, the ridiculous outfits his
mother dressed him in, the fearsome neighborhood bullies, and the mean old
baby-sitter, to issues of oppression, spirituality, and the family
alcoholic, Shipp’s stories leaves no one untouched. His presentation is a
celebration of life as he looks back at all his memories, pleasant and
painful alike, that are worth remembering and laughing about as an adult.