Janice V Rodriguez

(first name rhymes with Denise – you can ask her mom), is a Chicago-based entrepreneur and comedian. When she’s not wasting time on an unnecessary spreadsheet or micromanaging others, she performs her unique brand of stand up comedy across the Chicagoland area.  Janice uses her experience as being the whitest Latina she knows and an at best average marriage partner to tell her side of the story. Janice aims to bring a fresh perspective to topics related to her culture, Indiana upbringing, and her professional and personal lives. She’s also really tired.

Janice regularly performs at Chicago area comedy and storytelling showcases and has performed at comedy clubs across the Midwest and USA including Zanies, Improv, The Drop (South Bend), Laugh Factory, Comedy Vault, Comedy Bar (Dubuque), LOL Comedy Club (San Antonio) Comedy Shrine, The Market Lounge, The El Paso Comic Strip  and Jackie Knights (St. Augustine, FL). She has also been invited to perform at several comedy festivals such as Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, SheDot (Toronto), Lady Laughs (Madison) and LaughFest (Grand Rapids).

Janice is a founder and producer of  Las Locas Comedy, a comedy showcase that features Latina/Latinx comedic talent and our favorite locas of any background. She’s also the Executive Director of the Latina Comedy Festival and cohost and co-producer of the Defending Indiana podcast, now entering its 4th season.  Check out her performance calendar to see her at an upcoming show!

2nd Annual Latina Comedy Festival Expands in 2023

The team behind Las Locas Comedy, Chicago’s only monthly Latina stand-up comedy show, is back with an expanded 2nd Annual Latina Comedy Festival from October 5th-7th, 2023, across multiple venues in Chicago. Janice Rodriguez is the Executive Producer of the Latina COmedy Festival

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April 2024

May 2024

Las Locas Comedy Presents: Chingona Comedy Hour – Laugh Factory Chicago

Chicago’s Best Stand Up – Laugh Factory Chicago

Comedy Show – Houston, TX 

Comedy with Chona E – Corpus Christi, TX

Sabado Night Laughs Chicago (producing) at Surge Billiards Logan Square

Elbow Room Comedy – San Antonio, TX

Comedy Clubhouse

June 2024

Chingona Comedy Hour at Laugh Factory Chicago

Still Not Friday – Aurora – Two Brothers Roundhouse

Sabado Night Laughs at Surge Billiards Logan Square

Ann Arbor Summer Arts Festival Top of the Park Comedy Show