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!

Latina Comedy Festival 2024 Comedian Applications Now Open

The production team behind Las Locas Comedy (including Executive Producer me!) is proud to announce the return of the Latina Comedy Festival to Chicago from October 3rd-5th, 2024.

We are thrilled to announce that submissions for the 2024 Latina Comedy Festival in Chicago are now OPEN! This festival is a celebration of the vibrant and diverse voices of Latina comedians, and we can’t wait to showcase your incredible talent. Please apply today!

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