Latina Comedians Taking Center Stage in the White-Man-Dominated Comedic World

a collage featuring comedians marcela arguello, jenny lorenzo, cristela alonzo, aida rodriguez and melissa villaseñor

Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was onto something, and one thing about us Latinas: our sense of humor can't be beaten. In an entertainment industry dominated by white male comedians (they make up close to 60% of all comedians, and only 11% are women), these Latina comedians are taking the patriarchy down one quick-witted, hilarious joke at a time.

Marcella Arguello

Literally towering over the comedy scene at 6’2”, Marcella Arguello is hard to miss. This humorous Amazon (self-described as such) is packing some serious punchlines. Shining a light on race, gender, and Latine identity, Arguello is a multi-talented stand-up comedian, actress, and writer who’s making waves with her monthly show “Women Crush Wednesdays.” Plus, her Twitter account, @marcellacomedy, is so hilarious it got recognized as one of the "75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2015.”

Catch her live, and you might witness her verbally knock out a heckler or two! In fact, we hope you do get to witness this hilarious mastery.

Cristela Alonzo

There’s making a mark, and then there's Cristela Alonzo. The comedic powerhouse made history as the first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own US primetime comedy, Cristela. Alonzo's been making us giggle through her primetime sitcom and her Netflix special, Lower Classy. From stand-up bus tours to hosting podcasts and game shows, Alonzo's journey is a testament to the magic of perseverance with a dash of wit. Catch her on IG @cristela9.

Melissa Villaseñor

You might know Melissa Villaseñor as the master of impressions from SNL, but this multi-faceted queen of comedy is ready to expand her kingdom. Born to Mexican parents, Villaseñor has painted her comedic canvas with acting, stand-up, singing, and even illustrating. From mimicking the likes of Jennifer Lopez to Owen Wilson, she's left us snorting milk through our nose, and now that she's waved SNL goodbye, we're on the edge of our seats to see her next performance. Follow her at @melissavcomedy!

Aida Rodriguez

From a challenging upbringing to the comedy limelight, Aida Rodriguez is a survivor with a sense of humor. This hilarious and poignant comedian shook things up as a top ten finalist in NBC's 2014 show Last Comic Standing. Aside from cracking up audiences, Rodriguez is also a host at The Young Turks media platform. Her debut comedy special on HBO Max also made history as the first Latina to appear in two specials airing in one month on both HBO and Showtime. See for yourself why this comedic star is making all the waves at @funnyaida.

Jenny Lorenzo

Jenny Lorenzo: part actress, part comedian, total Cubana. This multi-talented powerhouse turns heads, not just for her comedic flair, but for the raw authenticity she brings to her work. From her hilarious, relatable "Abuela" character on YouTube to voicing quirky characters in animated series like "Victor and Valentino," she keeps us laughing while wearing her Cuban heritage like a crown (that rightfully belongs there). Beyond the screens, she's stirring up the Latinx narrative, one podcast episode at a time with "Hyphenated." So, if you're looking for laughs, look no further than @jennizzle!

The next time you need a good laugh, be sure to check out their stand-up specials, shows, and online content, because, with these incredible Latina comedians, the laughter is non-stop.

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