As the daughter of a Salvadorian Dad and a Puerto Rican Mom pursuing PhD’s in Gainesville, Florida, Aniria learned culture shock at a very young age. The cultural differences between her own parents coupled with Southern Florida culture add to her witty observations. She knew at age 14 that she wanted to make people laugh when she took a drama class to break out of her shell.
Terrified daily of going to class, she eventually had to take the stage for an improvisation exercise. Having no idea what to do, all she could think of was talking like her Puerto Rican mom. After wiping tears of laughter, the class gave her a standing ovation and she knew that she wanted to make people laugh.
It wasn’t until later that she actually pursued her dream of doing stand-up. Now she is a divorced woman who juggles dating with raising kids. Aniria’s comedy expresses the “in your face” truths about cultural differences, the South, dating, kids, sex and how men and women relate.
She produces and tours with an all girl stand-up comedy troupe called The Funny Diva Show and she just won Best Screenplay at the St. Pete Comedy Film Festival for her short film 1-800-Call-A-Cougar. She also hosts events as San Juan Sandra, the ALMOST bilingual cousin that loves to learn about people, asking anything! Especially questions to clear up cultural differences between Latinos and Americans.
Aniria encourages all women to express themselves freely. “I’m only talking about what most women think but are sometimes afraid to say.”