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Strings hosts Veterans Day comedy show

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POSTED November 8, 2017 12:57 a.m.

Comedian Jason Resler has lots of things in his life he can look back on and be proud of.
As an accomplished touring comedian, Resler has managed to bring his unique brand of comedy to people all over the Western United States and make even the most skeptical audience member double over in laughter.
But it was time in the United States Navy – onboard the Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship USS Nassau – that Resler is most proud of, and he’s bringing that pride with him to Manteca on Veteran’s Day to share a blend of humor that he says was most definitely formed on long midwatch nights with his fellow enlisted men.
“There’s a lot of camaraderie with the guys that you serve with – lots of joking around when you’re on watch late at night and there isn’t anybody else around,” Resler said. “When you’re on watch from 2300 to 0700 there are a lot of stories that come out and you develop this ability to talk with the guys who are right there with you and I think that a lot of those experiences are what led me into doing standup.”
And if the veteran-focused evening wasn’t enough for a Veteran’s Day comedy show – taking place at Strings Bar and Grill located at 680 N. Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. – then the fact that any veteran who served will be admitted free of charge should be enough to give those who put on the uniform reason enough to come and see what it’s all about.
The 8 p.m. show will also feature comedian Ronn Vigh from the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco. Manteca comic Chris Teicheira will be promoting and hosting the show, and the $10 tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting String’s or bought at the door the night of the event, space permitting.
Teicheira said that he’s in the process of bringing 50 tickets down to Manteca VFW Post 6311 to make it easier for any local veterans who want to attend, and noted that anybody who shows up at the door and says they’re a veteran will be admitted free of charge.
Teicheira, who spent a year living with Resler before the latter moved back to the Bay Area for logistical reasons, said that in the highly-charged political times of today the event will serve as an outlet for those needing to unwind while at the same time honoring those on a day reserved specifically for them.
And he said there isn’t a better comic suited to the task than Resler.
“He pretty much does one every year,” Teicheira said of Resler’s Veteran’s Day comedy shows. “I know how important it is to him – he grew up in a family of serviceman, and he takes it very seriously.
“And I know that things right now are pretty tense in this country in terms of politics, with a lot of people on a lot of different sides, but I think this is an event where everybody can put their arms down for a night and come and enjoy themselves and honor the veterans and the sacrifices they have made for all of us.”
Resler said that he will set a portion of the money he receives from the show aside to create a scholarship in the name of his grandfather – who was on watch on the USS Maryland when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 – for a returning service member to supplement what the G.I. Bill does not provide.
Also performing will be Comedian Ronn Vigh from the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
 Seating is limited, and veterans will have the option of having out in a special room reserved specifically for them prior to the show – in addition to the complementary admission. The Nov. 11 showcase will begin promptly at 8 p.m.
For additional information about Resler, or to read about his proposed scholarship, visit www.standupforveterans.com.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.

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