TEACHERS GONE BAD ROCKS WINTER BREAK

In partnership with Mind Twist Comedy, the nationally touring Teachers Gone Bad show returned to Chicago for their Winter Break show on January 3rd, 2024. Teachers Gone Bad is geared towards the “open-minded” teaching community and features educators across the country who moonlight as comedians or who perform comedy full-time (and not only in the classroom!). We had an awesome time returning to Chicago to perform for all of the amazing teachers and school staff who came out to laugh.

 

Your Teachers Gone Bad:

Janice Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy)

Irma Ruiz (LOL San Antonio)

Joshua Nieto (Cap City Austin)

Bryan Burris (Laugh After Dark)

and Special Guests TBA

Thank you to all who came out, brought a friend and/or helped to spread the word!

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2ND ANNUAL FEO HOLIDAY SWEATER COMEDY SHOW WAS EXTRA LOCA

 Las Locas Comedy & Pa Fuera Productions were so excited to bring the 2nd Annual Feo Holiday Comedy Sweater Show to one of our favorite suburban venues – Fergie & Foz in Summit on December 16th, 2023. The crowd was extra loca/o and turned it up in their MAS feo holiday sweaters!

Thank you to all who came out, brought a friend and/or helped to spread the word!

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Your Locas/os (in order of performance):

Nana Rodriguez (Laugh Factory)

Georgia Gove (Lincoln Lodge)

Joz Sida (La Cabrona Comedy)

Sonal Aggarwal  (Theory of Comedy)

Janice Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy)

Hilary Jimenez  (Limestone Comedy Festival)

Anthony Fuentes (Comedians You Should Know)

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Happy Holidays!

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY BRINGS BACK SABADO NIGHT LAUGHS

WE’RE BACK!! Las Locas Comedy & Pa Fuera Productions were so excited to bring Sabado Night Laughs to a  NEW VENUE – The Pocket at Surge Billiards in Logan Square.  The crowd for the November 18th, 2023 show was extra loca and we had an extra fire lineup! We’ll be back the 3rd Saturday of every month starting in January 2024 so save the date – 1/20/24 for our next Sabado Night Laughs!

Thank you to all who came out, brought a friend and/or helped to spread the word!

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Your Locas/os (in order of performance):

Nana Rodriguez (Laugh Factory)

Janice Rodriguez (Latina Comedy Festival)

Gabe Alvizo (Roast Battle)

Mary Kelly (Werk)

Jesnaira Baez  (Improv Chicago)

Lyssa Laird (Comedians You Should Know)

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LATINA COMEDY FESTIVAL GROWS IN 2023


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact Info:

Janice Rodriguez

Latina Comedy Festival

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latinacomedyfestival.com

The Second Annual Latina Comedy Festival Grows for 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. 

Chicago, IL September 19th, 2023 – The Latina Comedy Festival, produced by Las Locas Comedy, returns to Chicago from October 5th-7th, 2023 with expanded showcases at multiple venues in various neighborhoods across the city including Laugh Factory in Lakeview, Reggies in South Loop, Lincoln Lodge in Logan Square and JoJos Shake BAR in River North. The festival will feature the best Latina standup comedic talent from across the country including Chicago native Gwen La Roka (HBO Max), Los Angeles comedian Christina Galston (Comedy Central), and NYC comedian Shari Diaz (HBO Max). A panel of industry representatives and comedians reviewed comedian applications and selected performers were notified by September 11th, 2023 if they were accepted into the festival.

In an industry where Latinas represent less than 1% of comics booked at comedy clubs across the country (The Comedy Club Database), Las Locas Comedy has been committed to elevating diverse female voices. Almost in its seventh year, Las Locas Comedy is expanding their programming to include this annual festival to showcase comics from across the country – a feat made possible by the network they’ve built across the country with Latina comics from cities such as L.A., Austin, San Antonio, New York, Denver, and Miami.

The first iteration of the festival in August 2022, showcased 18 locally-based Latina and nonbinary Latinx/e comics performing short, rapid-fire sets at the Lincoln Lodge in Logan Square. In addition to our flagship ‘Marathon Show’ at Lincoln Lodge which will be at 5pm on Saturday, October 7th in this year’s festival, producers have grown the festival to include 6 total showcases which will give selected performers multiple opportunities to perform to a Chicago audience. The festival will also include many chances for the comedians to network with each other and industry representatives during this jam-packed 3 day festival – which has now moved to Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience members will have an amazing opportunity to see heavy hitters and up and coming Latina comedians from across the country in talent-packed showcases. The festival will culminate on Saturday, October 7th at JoJo’s Shake BAR with two special showcases headlined by the star of HBO/Max Entre Nos:The Winners comedy special and 2021 Latino Stand-Up Comedy Competition winner, Chicago’s very own, Gwen La Roka. Full performer lineups and individual showcase tickets are now on sale via the Latina Comedy Festival website.

Las Locas Comedy believes the fight for representation creates a ripple effect in the comedy scene, propelling underrepresented talent to national comedy clubs and beyond. “There is so much amazing Latina comedy talent here in Chicago and across the country. Showcasing that talent through the Latina Comedy Festival platform will give comedians exposure to new audiences as well as introduce festival attendees to comedians they have not had the chance to see,” said Las Locas Comedy founder and Executive Producer of Latina Comedy Festival, Janice V. Rodriguez 

Rodriguez, and their crew of “Locas” have proven time and again that there is a market for comedy written and performed by Latinas in an industry that continues to be dominated by a white male narrative. The positive feedback from last year’s event and the growth of this year’s Latina Comedy Festival shows that audiences want entertainment from diverse voices.

Showcase tickets and information are available at LatinaComedyFestival.com/tickets and more “loca” content can be found on social media at @laslocascomedy and @latinacomedyfestival.

About Las Locas Comedy

Las Locas Comedy is a Chicago-based monthly comedy showcase centered around Latinas and female comics of color. The show was founded by comedians Janice V. Rodriguez and Soli Santos in 2017 to provide a platform for Latina comedians and female comedians of color. The debut show was standing room only and their popularity has continued to grow with each subsequent show. Las Locas Comedy received the inaugural Lady Laughs Comedy Award for Best BIPOC Show, has been Chicago Reader Recommended, dubbed a “Must See Comedy Event” by Red Eye and selected to perform as part of Steppenwolf’s Lookout Series in 2019 and 2023. In 2022, Las Locas Comedy’s 5th anniversary show was also selected to be a WBEZ produced community event.

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY WELCOMES TEACHERS GONE BAD

Las Locas Comedy welcomed Mind Twist Comedy’s nationally touring show Teachers Gone Bad, back to Chicago on Sunday, September, 3rd, 2023 at Laugh Factory Chicago.  Our teacher comedians had the crowd rolling and energized for the new school year! Thank you to all who came out, brought a friend and/or helped to spread the word!

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Your Teachers Gone Bad (in order of performance):

Justin Seymour (Helium Comedy Club)

Irma Ruiz (Teachers Gone Bad Founder/Producer) 

KB Marion (Laugh Factory)

Joshua Nieto (Houston Improv)

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY KEEPS SUMMERTIME ENERGY GOING

We kept the #summertimechi energy going with an awesome crowd at Laugh Factory Chicago for our August 3rd, 2023 show. Our chingonas were herlarious and made the crowd go extra loca!  Thank you to all who came out, brought a friend and/or helped to spread the word!

Keep supporting Latina/o/x voices and diverse voices in comedy!  Keep supporting women/femme voices in comedy! Invite a friend to the next show and please leave us a 5 star review!

A special shoutout and thank you to ANF Chicago for the amazing photos and the venue and staff at Laugh Factory Chicago. Support local comedy!

Follow our August 2023 Chingona Comedy Hour Show Comedians on Instagram!

Your Locas (in order of performance):

Janice  Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy)

Jenni Rodriguez (The Drop Comedy Club) 

Christi Turner (Lincoln Lodge)

Yazmin Ramos (Second City)

Avril Granato (Bad Momz of Comedy)

Hilary Jimenez (Limestone Comedy Festival)

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY SETS OFF FIREWORKS OF HAHAHAS

We kept the 4th of July holiday vibe going with an amazing crowd at Laugh Factory Chicago for our July 6th, 2023 show. Our chingonas hailed from Chicagoland, New Jersey, Texas and Indiana and they delivered all the jajajas and hahahas.  Thank you for coming and spreading the word!

Keep supporting Latina/o/x voices and diverse voices in comedy!  Keep supporting women/femme voices in comedy! Invite a friend to the next show and please leave us a 5 star review!

A special shoutout and thank you to ANF Chicago for the amazing photos and the venue and staff at Laugh Factory Chicago. Support local comedy!

Follow our July 2023 Chingona Comedy Hour Show Comedians on Instagram!

Your Locas (in order of performance):

Janice  Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy)

Heather Mae (The Drop Comedy Club) 

Melissa Duprey (Sexomedy)

Tammie Bernal (LOL San Antonio)

Amy Colon (Mikey O Show)

Victoria Vincent (JFL Unrepped)

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY LOCAS Y CHINGONAS KILLS AT THE WORLD FAMOUS STEPPENWOLF THEATER

Las Locas Comedy was honored to be selected to be a part of Steppenwolf Theater’s Summer 2023 LookOut series. Las Locas Comedy produced two nights of unique Latina standup comedy, in their showcases Locas y Chingonas on Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th at 8pm. Each night was hosted by Las Locas Comedy executive producer Janice Rodriguez and had a unique lineup of Chicagoland’s most loca standup comedians.

Our June 9th headliner was Gwen La Roka, the first Latina from Chicago to have an HBOMax special. The June 10th headliner, Patti Vasquez, an industry veteran with TV credits including TBS and Nickelodeon was amazing. Both headliners were supported by an amazing MVP lineup of hilarious Locas y Chingonas who perform at the top clubs and showcases in Chicagoland and across the United States.

For all our loca fans – we appreciate you so much for coming out Steppenwolf Theater. We had an amazing time with you and are truly appreciative of your support! 

One of the biggest ways you can support our loca comedians is by following us on social media. 

Follow us on Instagram and keep the jajajas going:

Friday 6/9/23
(in order of performance)
@jvrspeaks
@meetjessmartinez
@elianalacasa
@solicomedy
@gwenlaroka

Saturday 6/10/23
(in order of performance)
@jvrspeaks
@iamfunnyha 
@jesnaira_baez
@im.hilaryous
@deannaortiz_
@thepattivasquezshow

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY GETS SUMMER STARTED WITH A LAUGH

We kicked off #SummerTimeChi with an amazing crowd at Laugh Factory Chicago for our June 1st, 2023 show. We had a ton of loca laughs with a hilarious lineup of Chicagoland’s most chingona comedians!  Thank you for coming and spreading the word!

Keep supporting Latina/o/x voices and diverse voices in comedy!  Keep supporting women/femme voices in comedy! Invite a friend to the next show and please leave us a 5 star review!

A special shoutout and thank you to the venue and staff at Laugh Factory Chicago. Support local comedy!

Follow our June Chingona Comedy Hour Show Comedians on Instagram!

Your Locas (in order of performance):

Jess Martinez (Holiday Party)

Isabel Amaya (Lincoln Lodge) 

Alecia Altstaetter (Hotties Only Milwaukee)

Jessi Realz (Ratas de Dos Patas)

Rachel Hall (Zanies)

Janice  Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy)

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY PERFORMS AT THE WORLD FAMOUS STEPPENWOLF THEATER

Las Locas Comedy was selected to be a part of Steppenwolf Theaters Summer 2023 LookOut series. LookOut is Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. Emerging artists and performance legends, quintessential Chicago companies and young aspiring ensembles, familiar Steppenwolf faces and new friends all have a place in the LookOut Series.

Las Locas Comedy is producing two nights of unique Latina forward standup comedy, in their showcases Locas y Chingonas on Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th at 8pm. Each night is hosted by Las Locas Comedy executive producer Janice Rodriguez and has a unique lineup of Chicagoland’s most loca standup comedians.

Our June 9th headliner, Gwen La Roka, is the first Latina from Chicago to have an HBOMax special. June 10th headliner, Patti Vasquez, is an industry veteran with TV credits including TBS and Nickelodeon. Both headliners are supported by an amazing lineup of hilarious Locas y Chingonas who perform at the top clubs and showcases in Chicagoland and across the United States.

All performances take place in Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater, an intimate and flexible venue nestled behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks. 

Please buy a ticket, share our social media, invite a friend and support the Latina comedy scene.

 

Friday, June 9th, 2023

Hosted by Janice Rodriguez

Jess Martinez (The Moth)

Audrey Jonas (Paper Machete)

Eliana La Casa (Comedy Central Argentina)

Soli Santos (Zanies)

Gwen LaRoka (HBOMax)

Saturday, June 10th, 2023

Hosted by Janice Rodriguez

Jesnaira Baez (Mikey O Show)

Nana Rodriguez (Pa’ Fuera Productions)

Hilary Jimenez (Limestone Comedy Festival)

Deanna Ortiz (Chicago Reader Best Comedian 2023)

Patti Vasquez (TBS)

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY CELEBRATES CUATRO DE MAYO LOCA STYLE

We kicked off cuatro de Mayo with an amazing crowd at Laugh Factory Chicago for our May 4th, 2023 show. We had a ton of loca laughs with a hilarious lineup of Chicagoland’s most chingona comedians!  Thank you for coming and spreading the word!

Keep supporting Latina/o/x voices and diverse voices in comedy!  Keep supporting women/femme voices in comedy! Invite a friend to the next show and please leave us a 5 star review!

A special shoutout and thank you to our photographer ANF Chicago and our venue and staff at Laugh Factory Chicago. Support local comedy!

Follow our April Chingona Comedy Hour Show Comedians on Instagram!

Your Locas (in order of performance):

Janice  Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy)

Remy Guzman (Zanies) 

Laura Hugg (Lincoln Lodge)

Alicia Molina (Mikey O Show)

KB Marion (Comedy Vault)

Jesnaira Baez (Laugh Factory)

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY KICKS OFF SPRING WITH ALL THE JAJAJAS

We kicked off Spring (or more like 40 degrees one day, 70 the next) with an extra loca crowd at Laugh Factory Chicago for our April 6th show. We had a ton of loca laughs with a hilarious lineup of Chicagoland’s most chingona comedians!  Thank you for coming and spreading the word!

Keep supporting Latina/o/x voices and diverse voices in comedy!  Keep supporting women/femme voices in comedy! Invite a friend to the next show and please leave us a 5 star review!

A special shoutout and thank you to our photographer ANF Chicago and our venue and staff at Laugh Factory Chicago. Support local comedy!

Follow our April Chingona Comedy Hour Show Comedians on Instagram!

Your Locas (in order of performance):

Janice  Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy)

Joz Sida (La Cabrona Comedy 

Christine Ferrera (Lincoln Lodge)

Bren Vila (Mexico City)

Monica Andrade (Laugh Factory)

Erica Switzer (Still not Fridays)

Soli Santos (Zanies)

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