LAS LOCAS COMEDY GOES LIVE WITH ACTOR & BLOGGER MARIAJOSE OVALLE

Las Locas Comedy is excited for Chilean-born and US raised comedian, content creator and actor Maria, to be our guest on the next Las Locas Live on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at 7 pm central time.  You can watch this loca interview show live and for FREE on our Facebook Live or on Lady Laugh’s Comedy Twitch Channel.  For a Facebook reminder when we go live, please select Going or Interested here

Maria is an actor, standup comedian, content creator and mama. Follow her on @themariajoseovalle on Instagram to keep in touch with her loca life!

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INTRODUCING LAS LOCAS LIFE RADIO ON THURSDAYS AT NOON

Las Locas Comedy’s sister brand, Las Locas Life,  is excited to announce their new radio show on B Positive Radio. Las Locas Life Radio is hosted by Las Locas Comedy founder Janice V Rodriguez and will cover many topics such as current events, entertainment, and politics all from a Latina point of view. Through a mix of interviews, music and live shows, Las Locas Life Radio aims to reach out to listeners to inform, educate and inspire. 

Listen live every Thursday at Noon central time via the button below. Please bookmark the B Positive Radio link and support independent online radio. Please also follow Las Locas Life on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @laslocaslife.

 

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF ELEVATING LATINA VOICES WHILE STILL THRIVING DURING A PANDEMIC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact Info:

Janice Rodriguez
Las Locas Comedy
773-330-2520
[email protected]
laslocascomedy.com

 

Las Locas Comedy Celebrates Four Years of Elevating Latina Voices and Is Now Thriving During a Pandemic

While COVID-19 continues to devastate the comedy industry nationwide including comedy clubs, live sketch shows, and independently-run stand up shows that use currently closed bars and nightclubs as their venues, comedians and show producers have had to find new ways to perform online and make their shows stand out in a now crowded virtual marketplace. Las Locas Comedy has successfully met that challenge and now celebrates its 4th year of comedy with an all-online platform.

Chicago, IL, February 9th, 2021 – Las Locas Comedy celebrates four years of Latinax standup comedy with Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The Cuarto Anniversary Show! on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 8 pm (Central Time) on Zoom. The show has an all-star lineup of Las Locas Comedy fan favorites including the creator of Lady Laughs Comedy, Dina Nina Martinez, and Lincoln Lodge cast member Stephanie Weber.

While the move to virtual stand up comedy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been met with both praise and criticism, Las Locas Comedy has taken advantage of opportunities that the physical boundaries of a “normal” world do not allow, including booking out of state comedians and celebrating their anniversary virtually. 

Founder and producer, Janice V. Rodriguez, believes it is imperative to keep moving forward despite, and sometimes in spite of, the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think it is more important than ever that we’re out here making people laugh while continuing to talk about important issues. Embracing the online format has allowed us to reach more people in different areas across the U.S. and stay active in the community versus just going dark because we can’t meet in person. It’s important that we’re still talking to our community through comedy,” said Rodriguez. “In this political climate and with the specific issues facing the Latinx community today, we thought it was really important to give a voice to Latina talent as well as have a platform where we could discuss important current events and cultural issues through comedy,” Rodriguez added. 

Their loyal following of “#Locas4Life” has not gone dark either and their efforts to adapt to the new normal have paid off. Their first virtual show in September drew an audience of over 60 people, comparable to sold out, in-person performances. Their ticket sales have proven time and again that there is a market for comedy written by and performed by Latinas. “It was so refreshing to see women of color on stage putting on a hilarious set and filling the room with such positive energy,” says one fan in a review on the group’s Facebook page. “It’s a must-see show and I plan to spread the word and keep going to shows to give my support.”

Aiming to shatter the white male narrative that continues to dominate the standup comedy scene at large, Las Locas Comedy boasts primarily Latina lineups at the grassroots level. The producers recognize Latinas are neither first nor alone in the fight for representation in standup comedy, so they also make space for “Honorary Locas,” other women of color in comedy, on their lineups. Las Locas Comedy believes this unified front in the fight for representation creates a positive ripple effect in the comedy scene, propelling underrepresented talent to national comedy clubs and beyond.

Tickets to Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The Cuarto Anniversary Show! and booking information are available at www.LasLocasComedy.com. Follow Las Locas Comedy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube at @laslocascomedy for more “Loca” content. 

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 (janicevrodriguez.com) 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. It is currently produced by Rodriguez and comedian Jess Martínez. Las Locas Comedy received the inaugural Lady Laughs Comedy Award for Best BIPOC Show, has been Chicago Reader Recommended and dubbed a “Must See Comedy Event” by Red Eye.

 

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY WITH RAVENSWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Las Locas Comedy is excited to announce their production of a  stay at home Valentine’s Night comedy event in conjunction with the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce happening on Saturday February 13th, 2021 at 8pm CST.

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Ravenswood is always a popular destination for Valentine’s Day. Going out may look different this year, but we’ve got you covered with the first Ravenswood Valentine’s Date Night At-Home! You’ll be able to enjoy an evening of laughs and book a complete date night experience in just a few clicks.

First, we put together a virtual comedy show featuring some of the funniest rising stars in the Chicago comedy scene. Then, we called up our friends (Ravenswood small businesses) to create an easy, fun and local ‘date night at-home’ bundle for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Date Night At-Home Comedy Show on 2/13

Chicago comic Janice Rodriguez
Host Janice Rodriguez

Laugh it up while snuggled with your sweetheart in the comfort of home! Las Locas Comedy presents an evening of performances from a diverse lineup of Chicago’s hottest comics, beamed to your screens and devices live via Zoom!

The show takes place on Saturday, February 13th and starts at 8pm. Host Janice Rodriguez will be joined by Jake Noll (Chicago Reader’s Best Chicago Stand Up, 2019), Dario Durham (B Posi+ive: The Chicago Stories podcast) Tyler Fowler (Best Of The Fest, Cleveland Comedy Festival) Sonal Aggarwal (Netflix’s Easy), and Laura Hugg (Second City).

Tickets are only $10. Proceeds benefit the GRCC and our work supporting small businesses.


Meet the Comics

Janice Rodriguez uses her experience as the “whitest Latina” she knows, an entrepreneur, and an “at best average marriage partner” to tell her side of the story. She brings a fresh perspective to topics related to her culture, Indiana upbringing, and her professional and personal lives. Janice is a regular at local comedy and storytelling showcases and has been invited to perform at a number of festivals, including Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, SheDot (Toronto), and LaughFest (Grand Rapids). Janice is a founder and producer of Las Locas Comedy, a showcase that features Latina/Latinx talent.

Jake Noll is an actor and comedian newly based out of LA. They have appeared in numerous original series and shorts, including as the lead in Just Call Me Ripley (series OTV). As a stand up they have opened for Matt Braunger, Beth Stelling, Justin Willman, Joel Kim Booster, and Cameron Esposito. In 2019 they were named Best Stand Up by The Chicago Reader. They have performed all over the country, including Laugh Factory (Chicago), Break Out Fest (Second City), NBC Stands Up semi finals, SF Sketchfest (San Francisco), and Limestone Comedy Festival (Bloomington, IN).

Dario Durham is a Chicago comedian and producer, and the co-host of the podcast B Posi+ive: The Chicago Stories. His second collaborative comedy album, Laughter Is Good for the Soul, debuted on iTunes at #1! He’s also the co-founder of We Can Do Better, a community organization aimed at proactively creating positive change. Most recently, Dario is the co-producer and host of a new show at Zanies Comedy Club, “Wednesdays After Work”.

Tyler Fowler‘s witty and clean brand of stand up comedy has made him a favorite around Chicago and across the US. Regularly appearing at Zanies Comedy Club, he was recently named among the ‘Best Of The Fest’ at the Cleveland Comedy Festival. Tyler’s album, Friends With 401(k) Benefits, premiered #1 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Billboard Comedy Charts.

A former international street performer turned emcee, Sonal Aggarwal has brought her talents to Chicago as an actor, comedian, producer and movement artist. Her one woman show The Alchemy of Bliss played for a sold out weekend at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater. You can see her on Netflix’s Easy as well as the short film A Period Piece, which debuted at SXSW 2020.

Laura Hugg is a hilarious stand-up comedian, sketch comic, and storyteller. She is a Second City Conservatory graduate and in “the before times,” you could see her at comedy clubs and independent shows across Chicagoland. She’s been a producer of several popular stand-up showcases (such as House of Za, Frank Simon Comedy Hour, and Comedy Tub) and was long-time host of the Second City Training Center Open Mic. Currently, she is honing her craft in Zoom rooms all over the globe!


Your Support Matters

Proceeds from this package support each participating business, as well as the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. GRCC is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on special events to fund our work supporting local small businesses. When festivals like Ravenswood On Tap and Ravenswood ArtWalk were cancelled in 2020, we lost vital revenue. Now more than ever, your support has a huge impact on our mission to foster a vibrant, sustainable, hyper-local economy in Ravenswood.

Add the Ravenswood Date Night Bundle! Includes Dinner, Drinks, Dessert, and More

Note: Date Night Bundle sales closed on Friday, February 5th.

Ravenswood Valentine's Date Night Bundle

Complete your night with a little help from the neighborhood! We teamed up with some of our favorite Ravenswood shops and restaurants to curate the perfect night-in for your Valentine’s Day weekend. Cabernet from a local winery, dinner from a beloved Italian restaurant, tickets to a comedy show, and chocolate chocolate-covered sweets for dessert! We’ve even got your next-morning cup of coffee taken care of.

The Ravenswood Valentine’s Date Night Bundle includes:

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY GOES LIVE WITH COMEDIAN AND ACTOR JILLIAN EBANKS

Las Locas Comedy is excited for New Jersey born and raised comedian and actor Jillian Ebanks , to be our guest on the next Las Locas Live on Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 7 pm central time.  You can watch this loca interview show live and for FREE on our Facebook Live or on Lady Laugh’s Comedy Twitch Channel.  For a Facebook reminder when we go live, please select Going or Interested here

Jillian was awarded the Second City 2018 NBC Bob Curry Fellowship. Most recently she performed with The Second City at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in America; It’s Complicated! She is the co-creator and co-producer of B.A.P.S Comedy. With a degree in sociology she refuses to use, Ebanks hopes all her hard work pays off one day when Ben & Jerry’s asks her to create her very own ice cream flavor. Also, like, an invitation to the Met Gala would be cool. Surprisingly, she isn’t currently represented. Follow her at @Curlyhairnocare for pictures with hella filters.

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY GOES LIVE WITH COMEDIAN AND ACTOR ANIRIA TURNEY

Las Locas Comedy is excited for Tampa based comedian and actor Aniria Turney, to be our guest on the next Las Locas Live on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at 7 pm central time.  You can watch this loca interview show live and for FREE on our Facebook Live or on Lady Laugh’s Comedy Twitch Channel.  For a Facebook reminder when we go live, please select Going or Interested here

Aniria is an actress and stand up comedian based in Tampa, Florida.  ​ She got her first break in the Netflix film “Naked” with Marlon Wayans. Other TV credits include NBC’s Chicago Med and Hulu’s The Act with Patricia Arquette. She was also voted Tampa Bay’s 2017 Best Up and Coming Comic by Creative Loafing and she performed at the 2019 Burbank Comedy Festival.

You can follow Aniria on Instagram at @aniriaisfunny.

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LOCKDOWN WITH LAS LOCAS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

When COVID-19 hit in March of 2020, it set the entire plans of Las Locas Comedy upside down. Once we emerged from our collective shock and brain fog, we decided to start interviewing some of our favorite #locas4life to check in and talk about all the important issues of the summer of 2020 including the Black Lives Matter movement.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be uploading more of our interviews to our YouTube channel.  Not surprisingly, we’re still going through the same issues 9+ months later. Catch up and subscribe to our channel!

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SEASON 2 OF LAS LOCAS LIVE STARTS 2021 WITH ALL THE LAUGHS

Las Locas Comedy is back with season 2 of Las Locas Live, our Facebook Live show that interviews some of your favorite #locas4life to talk about important and not so important issues alike. We’re excited to have a featured comedian from our October 2020 show, the hilarious Maria De La Ghetto, as our guest on a first episode of Season 2 on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at 8pm central time.  You can view this loca interview show for FREE on Facebook Live or on Lady Laugh’s Comedy Twitch Channel.  For a Facebook reminder when we go live, please select GET REMINDER here.

Maria De La Ghetto is an LA-based comedian, born in the Philippines, but raised in Highland Park, a neighborhood in North East Los Angeles. Growing up half Filipino and half Mexican made for an interesting upbringing because everyone thought she was Hawaiian. Her comedy is a collection of experiences from navigating being a misfit in minority groups to being the fat kid in class. She’s performed at San Diego clubs such as Mad House Comedy Club and The Comedy Palace, and in LA Comedy Clubs such as the Flappers Comedy Club and Haha Comedy Cafe. She is currently part of The Misfit Toys Comedy Studio, a studio that focuses on promoting women in comedy. She co-hosts a weekly live show every Thursday at 2pm PST with the Misfit Toys.

You can follow Maria on Instagram at @MariaDeLaGhetto

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CATCH UP NOW ON LAS LOCAS LIVE SEASON 1 ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Guess who’s back? Season 2 of Las Locas Comedy’s live interview show Las Locas Live kicks off at 7pm CST on Thursday January 14th, 2021 on Facebook Live.  We’re excited to start a new season of talking to the country’s funniest locas about trending topics, life and the locaness that is already 2021.

Don’t forget Season 1 is available to watch at any time via our Facebook page. Check out Season 1 here and enjoy the laughs. Remember we’re always LOCA and NSFW!

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY CELEBRATES THE END OF 2020!

This Saturday December 19, 2020, Las Locas Comedy is presenting ¡The DEUCES Show!, a live virtual comedy show that is celebrating the end of this LOCA year!  

We’re super excited to end the year with some of our favorite #locas4life Alicia Molina, Jessi Realzola and headliner Jesnaira Baez. We’re also introducing two new locas to the Las Locas familia, Chicago native Jackie Cooper and DC based comic Maria Jose Ovalle.

Las Locas Comedy is grateful to our comics and fans for their continued support as we navigate the online performance space. We’re excited to offer our loca fans a special $5 ticket to our last show of 2020. Use code YOSOYLOCA and buy your ticket now.

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