For those in the world of arts and entertainment, the pandemic seemed like it would never end.
It’s an experience that Manteca comic and resident funnyman Chris Teicheira hopes that he never has to live again.
So when Teicheira welcomes in a crowd of people to Strings Bar and Grill on North Main Street at 8 p.m. on Saturday night to enjoy a crop of acclaimed and award-winning comics, he’s going to do so with an ear-to-ear smile as people get back to leaving their worries at the door and laughing again.
“With the people that have been coming out you can see how wide-eyed they are when they’re sitting at their table – it’s like they’ve been released back into the wild after being in a cage for two years,” Teicheira said. “And while people have really gotten into it, everybody has been pretty receptive – we haven’t had to throw anybody out yet.”
Tickets for the show, which are $15, can be purchased in advance by visiting Strings Bar and Grill – located at 680 N. Main Street.
Teicheira will serve as the host for the 8 p.m. that will be anchored by headliner Rodger Lizaola – who has won the Seattle International Comedy Competition – as well as Sacramento-based featured act Ashley Monique.
Anthony K, one of the founding members of the Deaf Puppies – the crew of comics that includes Teicheira and a handful of other local residents – is also scheduled to appear.
“Strings is widely recognized as the best comedy room in the valley – it’s the perfect size, and it’s always full of people,” Teicheira said. “The owner has a nice little group of people built-in, but there are a lot of people that are coming from Tracy and the Bay Area that seem to be appreciative of the fact they don’t have to drive all the way to The City and they recognize the names of the comics that are coming in.
“It’s a wonderful springboard for what I’m about to do.”
While Teicheira can’t share any details right now, his plans to purchase a building in Manteca and open the city’s – and the region’s – first dedicated comedy club are coming to fruition. Official details can’t be released yet, but he’s expecting to make a big announcement soon.
“Stay tuned,” Teicheira said. “It’s going to be amazing.”
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