LAS LOCAS COMEDY CELEBRATES “CHINGONA” HISTORY MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact Info:

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

Las Locas Comedy Celebrates “Chingona” History Month

While COVID-19 continues to devastate the comedy industry nationwide and bars that regularly offer their space for live comedy are closed, comedians have had to find new ways to stand out in a saturated online marketplace. Las Locas Comedy not only manages to hold their own in this new space, but thrives in front of a new, nationwide audience. 

Chicago, IL (March 15th, 2021) – Las Locas Comedy celebrates Women’s History Month with Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The Chingona History Month Show! on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 8 pm CST online. Simply put, a chingona is a badass woman that gets shit done, a Mexican slang word turned battle cry for Latinas everywhere. Local chingona and Chicago favorite, Gwen La Roka, headlines this special night of comedy.

When The Comedy Club Database reported that less than 1% of comics booked at 55 comedy clubs across the country were Latina, they quantitatively solidified the need for Las Locas Comedy in an industry historically dominated by the white male narrative. The producers at Las Locas Comedy know that Latinas are neither first nor alone in the fight for representation in standup comedy so they weren’t surprised to find that the same report stated that less than 6% of comics booked were women of color. While Las Locas Comedy boasts primarily Latina lineups, they also make space for “Honorary Locas,” other women of color, on their lineups. They believe a unified front in the fight for representation at the grassroots level creates a positive ripple effect in the comedy scene, propelling underrepresented talent to national comedy clubs and beyond.

Founder and producer, comedian 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 so their efforts to adapt to the new normal have paid off. Their September virtual show 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.

Tickets to Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The Chingona History Month 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 continued to grow with each subsequent show. Las Locas Comedy 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 HAS HILARIOUS ONLINE SHOW FEATURING LOCAS FROM ACROSS THE USA

Las Locas Comedy wants to say thank you to everyone’s support for October’s ¡La Calavera Show! which was produced in conjunction with Lady Laughs Comedy.

On Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at 8pm Central, we had an amazing LIVE ONLINE streaming show, (shown via LadyLaughsComedy.com) that featured the top Latina/Latinx comedians from across the USA. The October show featured Crist Guzman from Texas, Maria De La Ghetto from LA, Amy Colon from New Jersey, Aniria Turney from Florida and our headliner from Chicago (now in LA) the amazing Melissa DuPrey.  Please support our locas via social media to learn more about their future projects.

In these pandemic times, the saying ‘Adapt or Die’ has never been more true. We’re in such important times and the need for DIVERSE voices has never been stronger. Thank you to all of our fans for your continued support. Don’t miss out on our next show Saturday November 21st, 2020 for fresh new line up of locas!

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY STEPS UP TO THE NATIONAL STAGE IN A WORLD OF VIRTUAL COMEDY

While the move to virtual stand up comedy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been met with both praise and skepticism, Las Locas Comedy is taking advantage of opportunities that the physical boundaries of a “normal” world do not allow.

Chicago, IL – Las Locas Comedy, in partnership with Lady Laughs Comedy (Madison, WI), showcases Latina talent from across the country with Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡La Calavera Show! on Saturday, October 17th at 8 pm (Central Time) at LadyLaughsComedy.com/LasLocasComedy. Chicago staple, Melissa Duprey (SEXomedy, Brown Girls), headlines this special edition of Las Locas Comedy.

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.

Their loyal following of “#Locas4Life” have not gone dark either and their efforts to adapt to the new normal have paid off. On September 19th, Las Locas Comedy Presents: The Real Cinco de Mayo Show drew an audience of over 60 people, comparable to in-person performances, and raised over $300 for Enlace Chicago in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bringing Las Locas Comedy to a national audience with talent scouted from New York to LA is the latest in their digital transformation. Amy Colon (New Jersey/New York), Maria De La Ghetto (Los Angeles, CA), Crist Guzman (Dallas, TX), and Aniria Turney (Tampa, FL) join Duprey for an incomparable lineup.

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

About Las Locas Comedy

Las Locas Comedy is a Chicago-based Latina focused monthly comedy showcase originally founded by comedians Janice V. Rodriguez (janicevrodriguez.com) and Soli Santos and currently produced by Rodriguez and comedian Jess Martínez. The debut show in February 2017 was standing room only. Las Locas Comedy’s popularity and show attendance continued to grow with each subsequent show. Las Locas Comedy was started to create a platform and performance opportunities for Latina comedic talent and other female identifying/non binary comics in the Chicago area. It has been Chicago Reader Recommended and dubbed a “Must See Comedy Event” by Red Eye.

 

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY + LADY LAUGHS COMEDY = EXTRA LOCA IN OCTOBER

Las Locas Comedy is muy happy to announce their next showcase the ¡La Calavera Show! is being produced in conjunction with Lady Laughs Comedy.

On Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at 8pm CST we’re going LIVE ONLINE via LadyLaughsComedy.com so you can relax from your couch (pantalones optional!) and enjoy an evening of LOCA Latinx comedy!

We’re announcing a major deal so you can catch two nights THIS week of amazing comedy by the top female comics across the USA ! For the amazing price of $9.99, you can watch live (or recorded a few days after the event) #ExtraAFcomedy on Thursday 10/15/20 and the ¡La Calavera Show! on Saturday 10/17/20.

Please share with your friends and family and be ready for one loca evening!

PS: If you can’t join us live the night of the show, your ticket price includes a limited time link to a recording of both shows so you can watch after the live event!

The line ups for these shows are amazing! You don’t want to miss these show.  Purchase this deal here.

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY RAISES HUNDREDS FOR ENLACE CHICAGO

We’re still LOCA on lockdown! We sold over 50 tickets of our live online show The Real Cinco de Mayo Show on September 19th. Due to the support of our generous fans and event attendees, we raised $315 for Enlace Chicago! Please follow Enlace Chicago to learn more ways you can support their organization.

A special thank you to everyone who joined us for a night of amazing comedy from our favorite Mexican American LOCAS! 

Please support all of our performers and their upcoming projects. Find them on social media!

Hosted by:
Janice V Rodriguez (@jvrspeaks) & Jess Martinez (@have_youmetjess)

Featuring:

Estephany Guzman (@realfreshshrimp)

Angelica Davila (@panchopiggytron)

Hilary Jimenez (imhilaryous.com)

Audrey Jonas (Laugh Factory)

Gwen La Roka (@gwenlaroka) 

 

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY DELIVERS THE LOCA AND RAISES MONEY FOR ENLACE CHICAGO

LAS LOCAS COMEDY DELIVERS THE LOCA AND RAISES MONEY FOR ENLACE CHICAGO

Las Locas Comedy is happy to announce their next showcase ¡The Real Cinco de Mayo Show! is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at 8pm CST. We’re going ONLINE again (via Zoom) so you can relax from your couch (pantalones optional!) and enjoy the show!

We’ll be celebrating Mexican Independence Day (which we know is 9/16 and not on Cinco de Mayo!) and the kickoff of Hispanic Heritage Month with a special all Mexican-American line up of locas to entertain you from your home. This show is also part of our special #comedyforacause initiative where a portion of net proceeds for future shows will be donated to a locally based (Chicago area) charity that is doing positive work that impacts the Latino community.

Las Locas Comedy is pleased to announce that our first #comedyforacause event donation recipient will be Enlace Chicago.

Join us on Saturday September 19th at 8pm for a live virtual night of comedy with Chicago’s top Mexican-American ‘locas’. We’ll celebrate Mexican Independence Day and support the work of Enlace.

Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of Little Village residents by focusing on four key areas: Health, Immigration, Education and Violence Prevention.

Tickets are on sale now for the special price of $9.16.

Please share with your friends and family and be ready for one loca evening!

PS: If you can’t join us live the night of the show, your ticket price includes a limited time link to a recording of the show so you can watch after the live event!

The line up is amazing! You don’t want to miss this show.

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY SUPPORTS BLACK LIVES MATTER

LAS LOCAS COMEDY SUPPORTS BLACK LIVES MATTER

We stand behind Black Lives Matter and all other organizations working to break down the systemic racism and disinvestment in Black communities that have plagued this country. 

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Las Locas Comedy

Las Locas Comedy

Las Locas Comedy was founded in 2017 to give a space to Latina/Latinx comedic performers (and their like-minded #honorary locas). We believe in uplifting underrepresented voices from the feminine/femme perspective through comedy and storytelling.