Janice V. Rodriguez,

(first name rhymes with Denise because she likes to be difficult), is a Chicago based entrepreneur and comedian. When she's not slaving over an unnecessary spreadsheet or micromanaging others, she performs her unique brand of stand up 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 (Indiana+culture=oxymoron) and her professional and personal lives. She's also really tired.

Janice regularly performs at Chicago area showcases and has performed at comedy clubs Zanies, Improv, The Drop (South Bend), Laugh Factory, Comedy Shrine and Jackie Knights (St. Augustine, FL). She has also been invited to 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 comedic talent and our favorite locas.  Check out her performance calendar to see her at an upcoming show!

Upcoming Shows

< 2017 >
  • 11

    It Takes A Woman

    8:00 PM-10:00 PM

    Joking At the Skokie
    It Takes a Woman
    Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8:00PM

    Skokie Theatre
    7924 Lincoln Ave
    Skokie, IL 60077

    A night of comedy hosted by Jan Slavin. Featuring Mona Aburmishan, Colleen Brennan, Kat Herskovic, Eunji Kim, Denise Medina, Janice V. Rodriguez, and Mary Zee

  • 12

    Las Locas Comedy August Showcase

    8:00 PM-10:00 PM
    Karen Marie Salon
    1859 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

    We’re muy excited to announce our AUGUST Showcase!
    Saturday August 12th, 2017
    8pm SHARP
    Karen Marie Salon, 1859 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
    We have a loca lineup of funny females to make you laugh! Come join us for an evening of Latina/Latinx comedians – and one honorary loca!
    Your Host: Soli Santos (The Kates – Cast Member, Zanies, Las Locas)
    – Tiera Diaz (Feminine Comique)
    – Courtney Buckwalter (Living Room Sessions, Zanies)
    – Janice V. Rodriguez (Las Locas, Mikey O)
    – Elizabeth Gomez (The Kates – Cast Member, Drinkers with Writing Problems)
    – Marilee Pheniece (TBS Just for Laughs, Chicago Women’s Funny Fest)
    BYOB. Red & Wine shop next door offers 10% discount night of event for craft beer and wine. All guests are asked to drink responsibly. No talking allowed during the performance. Seating is first come first serve so please arrive early.
    **Donations accepted and shared with our showcase performers!**

    For more info about Las Locas Comedy please visit laslocascomedy.com and follow us on Facebook at Las Locas Comedy and on Instagram/Twitter @laslocascomedy

  • 13

    Matt Damon Improv

    9:30 PM-11:00 PM

    I’ll be performing stand up at the awesome Matt Damon Improv show.
    The cast of Matt Damon Improv is comprised of all women of color “slaying improv comedy,” sometimes featuring a special guest white male(Matt Damon) or female (Lena Dunham) improv comedy veteran who can only speak when repeating things that the women of Matt Damon Improv have already said in the show – forcing the guest Matt Damon/Lena Dunham to really listen and take a baby step in a woman of color’s shoes.
    The weekly variety show will also showcase guest stand-up, sketch comedy, and solo performance acts by women of color. Each weekly show promises to be “Intersectional AF” and provide a safe platform for women of color to share performances that confront the current racial tension and social issues within the world around us.

  • 16

    Mom Genes: Total Eclipse of the Heart

    8:00 PM-10:00 PM
    Cafe Mustache
    2313 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

    Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit lonely…
    You don’t have to feel alone for this eclipse baby because Jan (Alexandra Tsarpalas) and Barb (Kristin Lytie) are having a party! The Moms are excited to celebrate all that is Bonnie Tyler in this astrological wonderland with special guest Mom Kyna Lenhof.

    Turn around bright eyes, don’t fall apart because we’ve got stand up from:
    Carly Ballerini
    Janice V. Rodriguez
    John Margelewski

    And I need you now tonight, and I need you more than ever
    to check out our headliner:
    Amy Sumpter

    Amy is a staple in Chicago comedy, has been on Last Comic Standing, and is part of an all female Beastie Boys tribute band called She’s Crafty–is there anything she can’t do?!

  • 19

    A Lill Annoyance Stand Up Show

    9:00 PM-10:00 PM

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 19

    Yippie Festival

    11:00 PM-2:00 AM
    Prop Theater ~ 3502 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
    3502 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

    Laugh You Bastards, Prop Theater – 11PM

    11:00 PM
    Laugh You Bastards Vol. 4.5
    Comedy – 60mins
    Laugh You Bastards is a DVD Showcases series featuring the finest comedians from the scene who bring their unique vision to the stage for this special event. This is an hour of comedy you do not want to miss. Featuring Trevor Gertonson, Julia Brown, Janice V. Rodriguez, Sonal Aggarwal and Zach Zajak.

  • 26

    Ladybits Variety Show

    7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    We’re very proud to put on the 15th Ladybits Variety show! Where amazing women from all over Chicago entertain your pants off! Enjoy stand-up, story-telling, sketch, improv, and more!

    FREE! BYOB! Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.

    Hosted by Val Agnew

    Janice V. Rodriguez – Stand Up
    Besty – Improv
    Lydia House – Solo Sketch
    Leah Slater – Stand Up
    Micha Goolsby – Music
    The Manson Family Players – Sketch
    DivaLa Vida – Burlesque

  • 26


    10:00 PM-11:00 PM
    Laugh Factory Chicago
    3175 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL, 60657

    Jokesplaining is a monthly showcase featuring the top comedic talent in Chicago. Each month we bring you a fresh lineup of voices who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries and challenge the status quo! Round up some friends and join us for a night of comedy you won’t forget! Age restriction: 18 years and over 2 drink minimum per person (can be non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage)

    Performances by Alex Kumin, Janice Rodriguez, Jeanie Doogan, Erica Clark, Deanna Ortiz, Chelsea Hood and Kellye Howard! Tickets at http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago

  • 29

    A Night of Songs, Laughter & Love

    7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    The night starts out with everyone taking part in Stamp Out Hate’s August action by writing a thank you postcard to persons/organizations working against white supremacy. Supplies/stamps provided.

    Then, onto the self-care! Treat yoself first by laughing your head off and then by being serenaded by an Australian troubadour.

    Songs by Darren Hanlon (Australia)!
    Comedy by Taco Takeover!
    Write a Stamp Out Hate postcard!

    Suggested donation of $5 – $10

    Taco Takeover Comedians:
    Sandy Lee
    Emilie Sepúlveda
    Stephanie Shear
    Niki-Jay Bougaard
    Janice V. Rodriguez
    Katie Paul
    Alicia Swiz