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Home grown comedian performing Saturday
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Erik Mackenroth has been crisscrossing the West Coast, performing his standup comedy act at various venues.

This week the 1991 Manteca High product had gigs in Sacramento and Oregon. At the end of April, Mackenroth is scheduled to open for the popular ‘80s pop group, Spandau Ballet, at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

But this much is true: he’s looking forward to Saturday’s homecoming at Main Street Café & Coffee Co.

The last time Mackenroth performed before his friends and family locally was December 2007. “I think this time will be much better since it’s on a weekend,” he said on Wednesday.

His good friend, musician Jamie Syrie, who is also an MHS alumni, will serve as the opening act for both performances, 6 and 9 p.m.

 The Manteca coffee house / eatery is located at 1351 N. Main St. Cost is $10.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my old friends from school along with those living in Modesto, Stockton and Manteca,” he said.

It was here in the central valley that Mackenroth developed his comedy, mimicking popular acts of his day such as Rodney Dangerfield at the local elementary and high school talent shows.

After high school, Mackenroth attended college, using his performing arts degree as a spring board into standup comedy.

In 1995, he performed professionally for the first time in Walnut Creek. Mackenroth pursued his career a year later by moving to southern California, where he had a regular act at a café in Los Alomitos.

In 2002 and 2006, Mackenroth was a finalist in Orange County’s Funniest Person contest.

In recent years, he’s been a headline and featured act at various comedy clubs – Mackenroth has opened for the likes of Vic Dunlop, Dat Phan, Bill Kirchenbauer, Jimmie Walker, Todd Glass, and Joe Medina from the Latino Kings of Comedy – and played on television and the big screen.

Mackenroth received plenty of laughs on the Extreme Gong Show, shoving live cockroaches down his pants as a Flamingo Dancer. He also appeared on the CBS show “Clubhouse” and ABC Family’s “Switched.”

As for his movie credits, Mackenroth appeared on “Cloud Nine” with Burt Reynolds and “National Lampoon’s Dirty Jokes: The Movie.” On the latter, he played the role of a drunk.

He also stays busy with his Tuesday morning radio show, “The Downtown Lounge.”

Mackenroth’s show can be heard online at

For more information on the show, call Main Street Café at (209) 825-2242.