The Venus Collective are very excited to have GWEN La ROKA as our first comedic artist, and organizer of Venus 2010…
Gwen La Roka has just recently grabbed a hold of the microphone,
but since then she has managed to take the comedy scene by storm.
Skilled in the arts of break-dancing, emceeing, writing, spoken-word,
and acting; Gwen seamlessly combines these talents and others to
keep crowds laughing with her highly energetic comedy routine.
Never forgetting her Mexican/Guatemalan cultural roots, Gwen holds
nothing back while entertaining crowds with stories about her
escapades growing up in a Latin household to living as a skinny girl in the Windy City.
Gwen’s commitment to grassroots activism and social justice has
inspired her to keep crowds laughing while giving a voice to many
often marginalized communities. Similarly, Gwen finds audiences
enjoy her often quirky, real, yet clean viewpoint on touchy topics such
as body image, sexual identity and her scoliosis diagnoses.
Gwen recently claimed 1st place in Mikey O’s Annual “Last Loco
Standing” comedy competition, making her the first female Last Loca
Standing to win the title. Additionally, she has shared the stage with
some of comedy’s most loved and respected comics such as Patti
Vasquez (TBS), Alex Ortiz (BET), and Shayla Rivera (Comedy Central).
Gwen also appeared as one of Chicago’s 2010 “Comadres of
Comedy”, alongside Ana Belaval (WGN News) & Patti Vasquez.
Gwen’s honest comedic approach, meshed with her physical humor,
enables her to bring together diverse crowds from all ethnic
backgrounds in solidarity, while reminding us that we are all one in
the same, here to live life with a little laughter in our hearts.
• Zanies – Chicago, Illinois
(Queer Queens of Comedy)
Corporate & University Events:
• HISLEA – Hispanic Illinois State
Law Enforcement Association
• Northeastern Illinois University –
The Black Heritage Month of
Northeastern Illinois University;
Floetry & Poetry. An Evening of
Improv and Poetry
Visit Gwen La Roka’s Facebook page:
VENUS COLLECTIVE BOOK DRIVE DURING ~JUST BE: SOUL REVIVAL~ OCT.9TH 8:30PM-2:00AM