About Me

Janice V. Rodriguez, is a Chicago based entrepreneur, writer and comedian. She started her comedy journey in early 2016 by actually sticking to her new years resolution. After 12 years of successfully running her own company, Janice decided she wanted to accomplish one thing she always wanted to but just hadn’t made the time to do. She chose STAND UP COMEDY.  Because the idea of standing on a stage and having people laugh at her always sounded like fun! (WTF?!?)

Since she’s decided to embark on this frightening/exhilarating comedy journey, she has studied stand up with the Feminine Comique program at the Lincoln Lodge, storytelling with The Kates and improv at Second City. She’s been a steady presence in the Chicago area open mic scene and is regularly booking showcases and festivals across the Midwest (and Canada!). She’s performed at Laugh Factory, Zanies, LaughFest, SheDot and Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.  In early 2017, along with fellow Latina comic Soli Santos, she created Las Locas Comedy, a monthly comedy showcase that highlights Latina talent. Since the first show in February 2017, they have had standing room only shows and been selected as a RedEye “Must See Comedy Show” and a Chicago Reader Recommended event.

Janice is still a workaholic but tries really hard to balance it all while being a childless, negligent wife, non-caring daughter and reluctant friend.

2016 Performances

pH Theater Stand Up Showcase June 2016
The Kates at the Book Cellar June 2016, September 2016
JDA Showcase at Hydrate August 2016
Chicago Womens Funny Fest – Stage 773 June 2016
A Lill Stand-Up Showcase @ The Annoyance Theatre August 2016
Quite Right Tonight @ The Annoyance Theatre October 2016
Prime Time Nine @ The WIP Theater October 2016/February 2017
Female Funnies Showcase @ Zanies Old Town October 2016
The Joke Box at The Joynt October 2016
Quarter Muncher Comedy Twincade Griffith, IN November 2016
Lady Laughs Festival in Madison, WI November 2016
Ten at The Store Chicago, IL November 2016

2017 Performances

Las Locas Comedy Monthly 2017
The Kates at Laugh Factory February 2017
A Lill Stand-Up Showcase @ The Annoyance Theatre February 2017
Prime Time Nine @ The WIP Theater February 2017
Latino Night – Laugh Factory March 2017
LaughFest, Grand Rapids, MI March 2017
Female Funnies Showcase @ Zanies Old Town March 2017
Twincade Stand Up, Griffith, IN March 2017
Hamburger Mary’s Comedy, March 2017
Tuesday Ten @ Zanies Rosemont March 2017
The Drop, South Bend, IN April 2017
Strip Joker April 2017
CAASE Stand Up for Survivors April 2017
Burn Em Brou Ha Ha, Michigan City, IN April 2017
The Kates at the Revival April 2017
SheDot Comedy Festival, Toronto May 2017
Ten at The Store Chicago, IL May 2017
The Kates at the Book Cellar May 2017
You Joke Like A Girl May 2017
Mikey O Local Locos June 2017
Feminist Happy Hour June 2017
All of The Feels June 2017
The Gogo Show June 2017
Dark Ground Comedy, Hobart IN July 2017
Female Funnies, Zanies Old Town July 2017
BAPS July 2017
This One Woman July 2017
Hamburger Mary’s Comedy August 2017
It Takes a Woman August 2017
Matt Damon Improv August 2017
Mom Genes August 2017
A Lill Annoyance Stand Up Show August 2017
Yippie Fest August 2017
Inside Jokes Conference August 2017
Ladybits Variety Show August 2017
Jokesplaining, Laugh Factory August 2017
A Night of Songs, Laughter & Love August 2017
Humor &a Harmonies: Work Hard, Play Hard, Chicago September 2017
Mother Cluckers Comedy, Mama’s Night OUT!, LaGrange, IL September 2017
Locas4Life Tour – ReDefiners Fundraiser – Tampa, FL September 2017
Locas4Life Tour – Coppertail Brewing – Tampa, FL September 2017
Locas4Life Tour – Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club – St. Augustine, FL September 2017
Locas4Life Tour – Las Locas Comedy & Florida Studio Theatre Present: Crash! Storytelling Show – Sarasota, FL September 2017
Locas4Life Tour – Las Locas Comedy Stardust Video & Coffee – Orlando, FL October 2017
Comedy Bowl, Diversey Bowl, Chicago November 2017
Out Loud! Stand-Up Showcase, Laugh Out Loud Theater – Chicago November 2017

2018 Performances

Best Night Ever – Chicago – January 2018
The Kates at The Improv – Schaumburg, IL -January 2018
Las Locas Comedy Primero Anniversary Show – Chicago – February 2018
Mother Cluckers – La Grange – February 2018
Tomfoolery 4 Year Anniversary – Highland, IN – March 2018
2 Hour Comedy Hour – Chicago – March 2018
Girl Gang – iO Chicago – April 2018
MMJ Comedy Festival – Ft. Wayne IN – April 2018
Mother Cluckers – LaGrange, IL – April 2018
Las Locas Comedy – No One Puts Anchor Baby in a Corner – April 2018
Project Embrace Comedy Benefit – Chicago – April 2018
My Belated Quinceañera – Comedy Shrine – Aurora – May 2018
Comedy for A Cure – Relay For Life of SE Chicago – Charity Event – Chicago, IL May 2018
A Better Comedy Show – Shenanigans – Portage, IN – May 2018
Taco Takeover – Shakers on Clark – Chicago, IL – May 2018
Oak Park Comedy Club – Hamburger Mary’s Oak Park – June 2018
Homewood Comedy Club – Grape & Grain – Homewood, IL – June 2018
Live Comedy & Gallery – Cards Against Humanity HQ – Chicago – June 2018
Something Else – Beauty Bar – Chicago -June 2018
Fuse Open Mic & Show – La Catrina Cafe – Pilsen – June 2018
Hidden Comedy Show – Hidden Shamrock – Chicago – July 2018
The Singleman Affair’s Orpeatric Variety Show – Cafe Mustache – Chicago – July 2018
Under the Twiinfluence – Chicago – July 2018
Back Room Comedy – Alive One – Chicago – July 2018
A Night of Salsa, Networking & Comedy – Chicago – July 2018
Waves of Laughter – Uptown Center for The Performing Arts – Michigan City, IN – August 2018
Comedy Show – Brian Aldridge – Hobart Art Theater, Hobart, IN – August 2018
Jackpot Comedy – Laugh Factory Chicago – August 2018
Las Locas Comedy The Rooftop Show! – Ampersand Cowork – Chicago – August 2018

Las Locas Comedy The Pilsen Show! – La Catrina – Chicago September 2018
First Fridays – D PerforMANCE Comedy Theater – Gary, IN
Las Locas Comedy The Southside Show Part Dos – The Revival – Chicago – October 2018

The Kates are Thankful for Comedy- Chicago, IL – November 2018

Chicago Underground Comedy – Chicago, IL – December 2018

Las Locas Comedy Presents: Baby It’s Loca Outside- December 2018


2019 Performances

Free Pizza Comedy Show – Laugh Out Loud Chicago January 2019

Las Locas Comedy Presents:¡LookOut for Locas! – Steppenwolf Theater – January 2019

Good Vibes Comedy Show – Alta Grill – McCook, IL – January 2019