started her career backwards.
"Actually, my first show was in Arizona at The Orpheum Theatre. I did a five minute set before I tried the bit at an open mic," Rodriguez said. "It wasn't until my second set when I was humbled because I bombed."
The mother of two is the midst of the Shaq Comedy All-Star Tour, but she's making a special pit stop in the Old Pueblo. "I believe I'm the first Latin comedian to perform in this tour," Rodriguez said. "This is the same platform that launched Kevin Hart's career."
Rodriguez has reach an important milestone in her comedic journey this month. "I can't believe seven years has gone by, and I feel like I'm just getting started," Rodriguez said. She was a finalist in this year's critically acclaimed reality show, Last Comic Standing
. "It was great working with Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters. I was lucky enough to receive a (comedy) session with Amy Schumer," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez was one of two female finalists in the ninth season of Last Comic Standing
. "Being a comedian is a challenge all into it's own. But I would say being a woman has an added pressure because there aren't that many women at the top, and it's a male dominated sport," Rodriguez said. "Opportunities will create themselves when you really work hard at honing your craft, developing a voice and a clear point of view.”
"I don't like playing the "woman victim comic role" because it doesn't service my advancement, but I can't deny there aren't challenges of being a woman in the comedy world," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said her success on the show has opened up a lot of doors. "I'm developing a television series as we speak. I just finished working on a sketch comedy show with Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps is the executive producer," Rodriguez said.
Don't miss Rodriguez on Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Social House Kitchen & Pub
, 446 N. Campbell Ave. Doors open at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door. Click here
to RSVP on Facebook.