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 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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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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LAS LOCAS COMEDY RAISES MONEY FOR PILSEN FOOD PANTRY

On Saturday, November 21st, 2020, Las Locas Comedy hosted, ¡The Almost Done With 2020 Show!, a live virtual comedy show that benefited Pilsen Food Pantry. Due to the generosity of our show attendees, we were able to make a donation of $375 on behalf of Las Locas Comedy. This donation will go to support the immediate needs of Pilsen area residents this holiday season. 

Las Locas Comedy is grateful to our comics and fans for their continued support as we navigate the online performance space. Now more than ever, we need the shared laughs and feeling of community our show creates. We also give a special thank you to Pilsen Food Pantry and FigeuroaWu Family Foundation for their support. Please support our comics who performed, Irma Ruiz from Texas, Natasha Samreny from Florida and Chicago natives Jess Martinez, Victoria Vincent, Patti Vasquez and show host Janice V Rodriguez.

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LAS LOCAS COMEDY AWARDED BEST BIPOC COMEDY SHOW AT LADY LAUGHS COMEDY SUMMIT

Las Locas Comedy is honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Lady Laughs Comedy Awards Best BIPOC Show award.  As part of the Lady Laughs Comedy Summit on November 7th, 2020, the Lady Laughs Comedy Awards were given to the top female identifying/queer/non-binary/trans comedians across the USA who are making an impact on stage and in their communities. This award is a great recognition of the hard work of the past four years that went into creating Las Locas Comedy productions and developing a mission to support Latina/Latinx comedic talent by providing live and online platforms for talent development, Latinx focused media and performance opportunities.

This award is a highlight of a very busy November which includes the season finale of Las Locas Live and  our fundraiser for Pilsen Food Pantry, ¡The Almost Done With 2020 Show! which goes live on Saturday 11/21/20 at 8pm CST. Tickets are still available via the Tickets menu link above.

Las Locas Comedy will forever be grateful for the recognition by our peers of our efforts to diversify the comedic landscape while creating inclusive opportunities for Latina/x performers.

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