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 try the one thing she always wanted to but just hadn’t made the time to do. Her  one thing – 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 is now a regular feature comedian at Chicago area showcases and clubs and has performed at comedy 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  regularly had standing room/sold out shows and have been selected as a RedEye “Must See Comedy Show” and a Chicago Reader Recommended event. 

Janice and Las Locas Comedy continued to thrive during the pandemic by adjusting to online  and livestreamed performances for a variety of corporate, charity and team building events.   Also, during the pandemic,  Janice became a co-producer and co-host of the podcast   Defending Indiana, a podcast now in it’s third season, that discusses all of the good, bad and in between of her home state of Indiana. She also created the podcast    Las Locas Life     (season 2 starting soon) and  is launching   the blog site   of Las Locas Life in  Summer of 2022. 

Janice has been performing live and in person since April 2021 (yeah vaccines!). Las Locas Comedy created the new shos Chingona Comedy Hour and found a home at Laugh Factory Chicago in October of 2021. They celebrated their five year anniversary in February 2022.

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

 

PERFORMANCE APPEARANCES

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Comedy that Killz – Shakers on Clark – Chicago, IL – February 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The Segundo Anniversary! – Little Olive Lounge – Chicago, IL – February 2019
  • Payday Showcase – Shakers on Clark – Chicago, IL – February 2019
  • The Kates Love February – Anderson’s Bookstore –  Chicago, IL – February 2019
  • Heraldo – iO Theater – Chicago, IL – February 2019
  • Stand Up Chicago – Chicago, IL – March 2019
  • Mothercluckers Comedy Show – LaGrange, IL – March 2019
  • TomFoolery Fun Club 5th Anniversary – Highland, IN – March 2019
  • Appetite for Rock N Roll Storytelling –  Chicago, IL – March 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡Loca Madness! – Chicago, IL – March 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy – Mentee Fundraiser – Lagunitas Brewing – Chicago -April 2019
  • Carlos Angeles presentan Un Viernes en Logan Square – Logan Square Improv, Chicago, IL – April 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The 4/20 Show (he he)! – The Mozart – Chicago, IL – April 2019
  • MCC Presents: The Birthday Show – Anderson’s Bookstore – LaGrange, IL – April 2019
  • Private Fundraiser Event for Pulaski School – Chicago – May 2019
  • Returning the Sentence – Chicago – May 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The 18th de Mayo Show! – The Mozart – Chicago, IL – May 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy – Comedy for Cure Fundraiser – Relay for Life of Southeast Chicago – June 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: Jess’s Birthday Show – Cobra Lounge – Chicago – June 2019
  • Summer Solstice Comedy Spectacular – Unity Park – Chicago – June 2019
  • Summer Solstice Standup Soiree – Roots Hair Salon – Chicago – June 2019
  • New Friends – CIC Theater – Chicago – July 2019
  • The Kates & Summer Loving Show – The Book Cellar – Chicago – July 2019
  • Miss Spoken – Gallery Cabaret – Chicago – July 2019
  • Slide Into Your DMs: Session 17- Bonus Round Game Cafe – Chicago – August 2019
  • Thoughts & Beers  – Beer Temple – Chicago – August 2019
  • This One Woman: Yoko Ono Miss Spoken – Hopleaf- Chicago – August 2019
  • The Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Show – Mother Cluckers Comedy – Anderson’s Bookshop – La Grange – September 2019
  • The Chosen Ones -iO Theater – Chicago – September 2019
  • Viva La Risa – Improv Playhouse – Libertyville, IL – October 2019
  • Amuse Standup – Avondale Coffee Club- October 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The Calabaza Spice Show! – Chicago – October 2019
  • Mixed Vibes – The Second City – Chicago – November 2019
  • My Buddy’s Comedy Show- My Buddy’s – Chicago – November 2019
  • Las Ratas/Las Locas Show- The Annoyance Theatre – Chicago – November 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: ¡The Escorpio Season Show! – DSTRKT – Chicago – November 2019
  • You Joke Like a Girl – Volumes Bookcafe – Chicago – November 2019
  • Tuxedo Cat Comedy – Beauty Bar – Chicago – December 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy at The Wing – Chicago – December 2019
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents ¡The Puro Pinche Holiday Pari Show! – DSTRKT- Chicago – December 2019
  • The Gogo Show – Lincoln Loft – December 2019

  • Comedy Tub – Chicago Joe’s – Chicago – January 2020
  • Underworld Standup Showcase – Otherworld Theatre- Chicago – January 2020
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents ¡New Year, Nuevo Yo Show! – DSTRKT- Chicago – January 2020
  • Heraldo & Friends – iO Theater – February 2020
  • Give Me 5 – The Playground Theater – Chicago – February 2020
  • Women’s Comedy Night – My Buddy’s – Chicago – February 2020
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents ¡The Tercer Anniversary Show! – DSTRKT- Chicago – February 2020
  • Ladylike – Cafe Mustache – Chicago – February 2020
  • Pilsen Stand Up – Simone’s – Chicago – February 2020
  • Frank Simon Comedy Hour – American Legion Post 973 – Chicago – February 2020
  • My Buddy’s Women’s Showcase – Hosting – Chicago – February 2020
  • Mother Cluckers Comedy – LaGrange, IL – March 2020
  • Arguments & Grievances – @Northbar – Chicago – March 2020
  • ExtraAF Comedy – Online – July 2020
  • Parallel Park Chi – Humboldt Park Boathouse – Chicago – July 2020
  • Las Locas Comedy – Still on Lockdown Show – Online August 2020
  • Spitfire Comedy – Online – August 2020
  • Is It Hot In Here – Online – August 2020
  • Lady Laughs Comedy Festival – Online – Hosting – August 2020
  • Pussy Tales – Online – September 2020
  • Las Locas Live – Facebook Live -September 2020
  • Dat Phan & Friends – Online -September 2020
  • The Real Cinco De Mayo Show – Las Locas Comedy – Online (Zoom) September 2020
  • LSNA Housing Comedy Night – Online (Facebook) -September 2020
  • Saturday Night Lights Comedy – My Buddy’s Chicago – October 2020
  • Dat Phan & Friends – Online – October 2020
  • Las Locas Live – Facebook Live – October 2020
  • #ExtraAFComedy – Streaming live on Lady Laughs Comedy.com – October 2020
  • The Market Lounge & Comedy Club – Valpo, IN – October 2020
  • La Calavera Show – Las Locas Comedy – Online – October 2020
  • Quarter Capacity Comedy – Beaumont Bar & Grill Chicago – October 2020
  • Las Locas Live – Facebook Live November 5th, 18th 2020
  • Women’s Comedy Summit – Lady Laughs Comedy – November 2020
  • Live with Misfit Toys Comedy- November 2020
  • #ExtraAFComedy – November 2020
  • The Almost Done With 2020 Show! – Las Locas Comedy – November 2020
  • Laugh Your Tears Away A Benefit Show for Raices – Online – December 2020
  • Bromitas Spanglish Open Mic – Online – December 2020
  • Hot Medusa Comedy Show – Flappers Comedy Club – Online – December 2020
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents ¡The DEUCES Show! – Online – December 2020
  • Cabin Fever Comedy – Online – December 2020

  • Dat Phan & Friends – Online – January 2021
  • Virtual Yoo Hoo Room – Flappers Comedy Club – Online – January 2021
  • ¡Las Locas Live! – Online – Facebook Like – January 2021
  • Congrats on Your Success – Online – January 2021Joke Roast Toast Comedy Show – Twitch – February 2021
  • #ExtraAF Lady Laughs Comedy – Online – February 2021 
  • Gimme The Light Comedy Show – Online – February 2021 
  • Las Locas Live ft. Jillian Ebanks – Facebook Live – February 2021 
  • Ravenswood Valentine’s Day Comedy Show – Online – February 2021 
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents – The Cuarto Anniversary Show – Online – February 2021 
  • Las Locas Live ft. Maria Jose Ovalle – Facebook Live – February 2021 
  • Present Tense Cocktails & Comedy – Online – February 2021 
  • Contagious: A Stay at Home Show – Online – March 2021 
  • Holiday Party: Drinking Game Edition – Online – March 2021 
  • I Love Funny Women Virtual Tour – Online – March 2021 
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents The Chingona History Month Show – March 2021 
  • Laughs at Lakeview – Lakeview Taproom – March 2021 
  • Backroom at Beaumonts – April 2021
  • Flappers Yoo Hoo Room – April 2021 (Online)
  • Puff Puff Laugh – April 2021 (Online)
  • Jokes at Oak Park Brewery – April 2021
  • Las Locas Comedy – April 2021
  • ZillaVision – April 2021 (Online)
  • CG’s Comedy Club Presents Vik & Friends – May 2021
  • Laugh Factory: Chicago’s Best Stand Up – May 2021
  • Market Lounge Valpo, IN – May 2021
  • We’d Love to Come See You Sometime – Lincoln Lodge – May 2021
  • Funnier By the Lake Benefit for Laughing Academy – May 2021
  • City of Chicago DCASE Vaccination Event – May 2021
  • Jesters Courtyard Comedy Show – May 2021
  • Comedy at The Forge – June 2021
  • Saturday Night Lights – June 2021
  • Takin Back Laffs – June 2021
  • Las Locas Comedy  Summer Lolstice – June 2021
  • Good Vibes at Laugh Factory – June 2021
  • Madame Zuzu’s Funnier by the Lake – June 2021
  • #ExtraAF Comedy Show (online) – July 2021
  • Feminine Comique Alum Show – July 2021
  • WCW Comedy at My Buddys – July 2021
  • Spitfire – July 2021
  • Market Lounge Comedy  –  July 2021
  • Red Room Comedy Club – July 2021
  • Lady Laughs Comedy Night Out – September 2021
  • Step Right Up: A Comedy Game show – October 2021
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: Chingona Comedy Hour – October 2021
  • Private School Event – Hispanic Heritage Month – October 2021
  • Chicago Fight Club – October 2021
  • Gimme the Light – October 2021
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: Chingona Comedy Hour – November 2021
  • Comedy Hub on 17 Live (online) – November 2021
  • Chicagoland Comedy Show – November 2021
  • First Forest Brewing Comedy Show – November 2021
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Chingona Comedy Hour – January 2022
  • Jokeoke – January 2022
  • Uncommonly Funny – January 2022
  • The Hot 5 Comedy Show – January 2022
  • Zanies Super Six – February 2022
  •  The Bridge is Back Up – February 2022
  • Tomfoolery Comedy – February 2022
  • Chicago Comedy Club @ House of Blues – February 2022
  • Tight Ship Comedy – February 2022
  • Good Vibes Comedy – February 2022
  • Northwestern University – Allianza student event – February 2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Chingona Comedy Hour  – March 2022
  • Cabrona Comedy – McKinley Park – March 2022
  • All You Can Eat @ Laugh Factory – March 2022
  • Pilsen Standup -March 2022
  • Backroom Comedy -March 2022
  • Tomfoolery Comedy – The Roxy March 2022
  • Time to Laugh at Sketchbook Brewing -March 2022
  • Kasey Foster Presents – March 2022
  • The Comedy Bar – Dubuque – April 2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Chingona Comedy Hour  – April 2022
  • Carlos Santos & Francisco Ramos – Comedy Vault – April 2022
  • Mikey O Presents: The Gwen La Roka Show – April 2022
  • Mugshots Comedy – April 2022
  • Comedy Vault Showcase – April 2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Chingona Comedy Hour – May 2022
  • Hair of the Dog Comedy – May 2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Sorry Not Sorry at Comedy Vault –  May 2022
  • Still Not Friday – May 2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Chingona Comedy Hour – June 2022
  • Cabin Fever Comedy – June 2022
  • Mi Gente Comedy – June 2022
  • Gwen La Roka @ Zanies  (Hosting) – June 2022
  • Don’t Tell Comedy – June 2022
  • Chingona Comedy Tour  @ LOL San Antonio – June 2022
  • Chingona Comedy Tour  @ Cine El Rey McAllen, TX – June 2022
  • Chingona Comedy Tour  @ Isla Grand Beach Resort -South Padre Island  – June 2022
  • Chingona Comedy Tour  @ Mesquite Comedy Club – Corpus Christi, TX – June 2022
  • Chingona Comedy Tour  @ Winters Comedy Room – Pasadena, TX – June 2022
  • Sean Donnelly  @ Comedy Vault Batavia, IL (Hosting) – July 2022
  • Dead Drop Comedy – July 2022
  • Big Break Comedy Hour –  July 2022
  • Sorry Not Sorry – July 2022
  • Comedy at Whiskey Acres- Dekalb, IL – July 2022
  • This is Your Own Brain on Beer Comedy – July 2022
  • Drugstore Makeup Comedy @  Koval Distillery – August 2022
  • Hot 5 Comedy  @  Lincoln Lodge  – August 2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents: The First Annual Latina Comedy Festival @ Lincoln Lodge – August 2022
  • La Cabrona Comedy – August 2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Chingona Comedy Hour – September  2022
  •  One Night in Chicago with Mario  Superstar Salazar  –  September 2022
  •  The Drop South Bend (guest for Mario Salazar) – September  2022
  • Craft Beers and Comedy – Whiting, IN – September  2022
  • Las Locas Comedy Presents Chingona Comedy Hour – October 2022
  • Chingona Comedy Crossover Tour w Good Vibes Comedy – October 2022
  • Chingona Comedy Crossover Tour w La Cabrona Comedy – October 2022
  • Host for Matty Chymbor – Zanies Chicago – October 2022
  • WBEZ Presents Las Locas Comedy 5 Year Anniversary – October 2022
  • Bonk! Performance Series Virtual Comedy Show – October 2022
  • La Cabrona Comedy – October  2022
  • Crackers Comedy Club Indianapolis – October 2022
  • The Sunday Show at Black Circle Indianapolis – October 2022