EXCLUSIVE: Aida Rodriguez Talks Latinas In Comedy & "Last Comic Standing"

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Your comedy is very real. Have you ever gotten any backlash because of it?

Oh no, I've gotten a lot of love! I ignore the haters, though. Them trying to get to me is really hard. But, you know, they've always tried to mold me into something else, and I just live by the rule: "I go where I'm celebrated, not where I am tolerated."

What are some challenges you've faced because of your style of comedy? 

I know it's going to be harder for me because of the type of comedy that I do, and, you know, I've had really bad advice. I've been given really bad advice. I've been given a lot of feedback to try to change. But, you know, when you go before people like Roseanne Barr and Russell Peters and Keenen Ivory Wayans telling you that you're doing something right -- all that other stuff goes away. Because Keenen Ivory Wayans -- I mean, he discovered Jennifer Lopez. He discovered the biggest Latina in the game. He discovered Jim Carrey. He discovered quite a few people, so I think he has an eye for what "it" is. 

You know how they say "you are the five people closest to you"? Well, the five people closest to me are Russell Peters, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr, Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes. If that's a reflection of where I'm headed, then that's a pretty good direction for me!

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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