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Comedian Aida Margarita Parada Rodriguez was born in the United States of America to parents of Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage. She entered the world of comedy on August 29, 1977. After competing on Season 8 of Last Comic Standing and later serving as a pundit on The Young Turks, she became a household name. She also acts, directs, writes, and makes podcasts.
Aida was born in Boston, Massachusetts; shortly after that, she was taken to the Dominican Republic. Her mother took her from her father in the Dominican Republic when she was a child and brought her back to the United States. Later, her grandmother and uncle took her from her mother's house in New York and to Florida to keep her safe from her mother's boyfriend. In the end, her uncle was killed in a hate crime. She went to Florida State University, where she met Omar Ellison, who would become her husband. She studied English and law but didn't finish because of her pregnancy. Later, she and Ellison split up. Later, she had a short stint with IMG, a modeling agency.
After she and Ellison broke up at the beginning of the 2000s, Rodriguez moved to Los Angeles with her two kids. She and her kids were homeless for a while and lived in a car. After suffering from anorexia and getting divorced, she turned to comedy to help her feel better.
Fighting Words, Aida's first hour-long stand-up special, started airing on HBOMax in November 2021. In the special, the comedian talks about cancel-culture and social issues, not just because they're in the news, but because they're also in her own life.
In addition to working with HBOMax on her feature film, Rodriguez is developing a half-hour comedy show based on her remarkable life story, which includes overcoming sexual assault, two kidnappings, and homelessness. It follows Rodriguez as she tries to launch her stand-up career while still caring for her two teenage children across many time zones. It's an inspiring story about a girl who grew up in the dark and funny inner city of Miami, where she learned skills that helped her survive and do well.
In 2020, Aida was the star of the HBO LatinX stand-up special Entrenos. She also appeared on Showtime's Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All-Star Comedy Jam, one of only four women to do so in the show's 15-season run. A half-hour special of hers had previously been shown on the critically acclaimed Netflix comedy series They Ready, which Wanda and Sykes Tiffany Haddish co-executive produced.