Best Of 2016

Best up-and-coming female comedian: JUANITA LOLITA

Best up-and-coming female comedian

Lolita hasn’t taken an easy path to comedy. Being a woman and working clean makes things a little challenging for her in some venues, and talking openly about her Christian faith could ruffle feathers among comedy traditionalists. But after six years on stage she hasn’t changed, and now her career is thriving. She’s made a name for herself performing both in churches and in comedy clubs, and last month she flew to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series of Comedy. Can a comedian perform clean material, wear her faith on her sleeve and succeed in a medium dominated by younger performers riffing on adult topics? The answer is a resounding yes. —Michael Murillo