Client: Aida Rodriguez - Talent
A rising star who will be the first Latino lead in a superhero movie, and a Mexican American who is also TV’s first Native American showrunner. The director of original series at Netflix and the head of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A pioneer in Latino Urbanism and the creative director guiding Bad Bunny. “This Fool” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” Our inaugural LA Vanguardia class represents an amazing array of talent defining the culture of today — and tomorrow.
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Aida Rodriguez, comic
Since landing her first hourlong stand-up special “Fighting Words” for HBO Max in 2021, comedian, writer and actor Rodriguez has been busy. The Puerto Rican and Dominican comic currently has her own semi-autobiographical half-hour comedy series in development for the streamer, which will touch on pivotal moments in her life including surviving two kidnappings, sexual abuse and battling homelessness as a single mother raising two teenagers. She also recently signed a deal for an animated series for ITV, hosts her own podcast, “Truth Serum,” and is a guest writer for Buzzfeed. In the past, Rodriguez has headlined HBO’s Latino stand-up special “Entre Nos,” Netflix’s Tiffany Haddish- and Wanda Sykes-produced “They Ready” and Showtime’s “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam,” one of just four women to do so in the series’ 15 seasons. Since being named a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2014, she has been featured on Comedy Central’s “This Week at the Comedy Cellar,” HBO’s “Pause With Sam Jay” and TBS’ “Tournament of Laughs.” — S.K.