Just Dickin' Around sprung from the mind of Amy Eisenberg in early 2013. Her vision—to create a laid-back space where women were comfortable letting their individual brands of comedy loose on stage—eventually morphed into a sought-after showcase at Hydrate. How: with the help of hand-picked co-producers and a slew of hilarious talent plucked from the Chicago comedy scene and beyond.
In 2015 Eisenberg passed the JDA torch to co-producers Krista Atkinson, Marla Depew, and Scott Duff. In 2016 Dina Nina Martinez joined them, and the foursome now run the bimonthly shows together. Each 1st and 3rd Thursday, featured performers take to the stage for the showcase, which is known for its supportive vibe and emphasis on highlighting marginalized voices. Following the showcase, comedians of all genders and comedic experience levels test out material during an hour-long open mic in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. The 5th Thursdays of the month usher an all-women cast to the stage for the show and mic.