Magic like this doesn’t make itself! It takes a dedicated crew of gals, burning the midnight oil to make it happen. These gals handle all the ins and outs of JDA business. Want to contribute? Fantastic! Hit us up at a show, or email us.
Krista grew up in Southern Illinois where the cows and corn are plentiful. As soon as she possibly could she got out of all that fresh air to pursue the life of a city gal. Krista received a BA in Theatre at Southern Illinois University performing in both plays and musicals, such as Katherine in “Taming of the Shrew,” “The Vagina Monologues”, “Parade”, and “Dracula”. She always knew she loved comedy, and after living in Chicago a few years, she signed up for an improv class at The Annoyance, which she LOVED! Here she met fellow JDA cast member Marla Depew. Since then Krista has trained in Improv at Second City, stand-up with Feminine Comique, and burlesque at Vaudezilla. The rest is history. You can’t get Krista off the stage now. She has performed at Laugh Factory, Zanies, Second City, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, The Lincoln Lodge, Stage 773, The Playground Theatre, Hydrate, The Greenhouse Theatre, The Book Cellar with The Kates, The Underground Lounge, and the Upstairs Gallery to name a few. Krista is so excited to be part of the JDA cast because it is such a positive group of strong and passionate women! Krista loves her two cats and being single, which seem to go hand in hand. She enjoys high heels and Michael Bolton. Don’t let her classy outfits and heels fool you– she is a potty-mouth with some pretty brazen and brassy things to say!
Marla Depew taps into her sketch comedy background to create rich, wacky characters plucked from both real life and her own head, blending them with sharp observations that challenge conventional thinking. Because of this, her stand-up sets take on a storytelling, theatrical feel complete with physicality and expressive facial movements, whether she’s detailing notes she writes to herself or waxing philosophical about being the B in GLBT.
She is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program and has studied at iO and The Annoyance in Chicago. Marla has performed throughout Chicago and the Midwest at venues and shows such as Zanies, Laugh Factory, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox, Second City’s deMaat Theatre, The Lincoln Lodge, The Lincoln Loft, Studio BE, Stardust Showcase, Hoo HA Comedy, Performance Anxiety Chicago, and The Kates as well as at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids, MI. She is the producer of Laughs In The Lounge (formerly Sidecar Bar Comedy Night), a monthly showcase in Rogers Park. She is also a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that’s performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including Chicago SketchFest, L.A. Comedy Fest, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
In the mind of Amy Eisenberg, her humor is quite raw and truthful, too:
- Her life- moms die, dads leave
- Gender- undetermined
- Sexual Orientation- I’m a faggot, faggots
- Family values- government cheese…what, what?
- Religion- open relationship
- Height- can someone reach that for me.
Amy Eisenberg is a stand-up comedian, blah ba de blah, blah…she also does other gay things like play the ukulele. So stop being such a hate crime and come join the fun! More at IKnowAmy.com.
Tamale is a comedic rockstar and interdisciplinary artist who travels the world living her various passions. Whether performing comedy, creating multi-media art, dancing with fire, or using an angle grinder to shoot sparks into the air, Tamale creates work across a wide spectrum of mediums. With a BS in Agricultural Education from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago, Tamale pulls from a diverse spectrum of complex life experiences to create her work. Her portfolio can be found at TamaleRocks.com.
A graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program, IO Chicago, and The Annoyance Theater, and a regular at The Laugh Factory and Zanies Comedy Clubs, Tamale is versed in stand up, improv, and sketch comedy. She’s been in festivals, showcases, opening for Jessica Kirson, Michele Balan, and Julie Goldman, and was named 7th Funnies Lesbian in America by Curve Magazine. She co-produces the wildly successful showcase and open mic, Just Dickin’ Around Comedy, is a cast member at The Atomic Comic, and was a cast member of the Risky Eclectic Artist Comedy Hour (R.E.A.C.H.) at Second City. She is also the creator and co-producer of Brass Chuckles Comedy: Comedy that kicks ass, showcasing outstanding comedic performance.
A multi-disciplinary performer, she explores gender performance as a drag king and through burlesque, expresses herself through fire performance, and tribal belly dance, and curates mixed media and installation art pieces. Traveling internationally for over a decade with the group she co-produces, The Windy City Blenders, Tamale has been the International Guest of Honor for The Dublin Lesbian Arts Festival and performed across Ireland, Italy, Germany, Canada, and Mexico. Combining her love of art and performance, Tamale also created and co-produces Tiny Hat Time, a storytelling show that is based on the creation of an artistic tiny hat and the stories that are created in response. Driving her motorcycle from gig to gig inspired the creation of Bikes and Mics, a community of riders who ride, see shows, have adventures, and build memories. No Patches. No dues. Just fun!