Krista Atkinson 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 Chicago city gal. Don’t let her classy outfits and heels fool you– she has a potty-mouth! Divorce, d**k pics, dating and dashed dreams: it's all fair game for this brassy, brazen, bawdy blonde who has lived a full life and has a lot to say about it.
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." Since her move to Chicago, Krista has trained in Improv at Second City and The Annoyance, stand-up with Feminine Comique, and burlesque at Vaudezilla.
Krista has performed at Zanies Comedy Clubs, Laugh Factory, Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Second City's UP Comedy Club, The Lincoln Lodge, Comedy Sportz, and Stage 773 in Chicago and Broadway Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, and Peoples Improv Theatre in NYC. She has toured LA on the JDA Does LA Tour, NYC on the JDA Does NYC Tour, and the Midwest on the Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour.
In addition to being a comic rock star, Krista is also a voiceover artist as well as a trained theatrical, film, and commercial actress. In between all of these performances, she manages to write a successful blog detailing her work with and love of senior citizens.
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, has studied at iO and The Annoyance in Chicago, and has performed at venues and festivals throughout the Midwest, Los Angeles, and New York including Zanies, Laugh Factory, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox and deMaat Theatre, The Lincoln Lodge, Tao Comedy Studio, Broadway Comedy Club, The PIT Loft, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and Gilda’s Laughfest. She is the producer of the monthly standup showcase Laughs In The Lounge in Rogers Park as well as a member of the Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour, a GLTBQ collective that whisks intentionally diverse comedy shows around the Midwest. She is the creator, writer, and performer of the solo show Marla Depew: Recovering Christian, which was named one of 7 Shows to See at SketchFest by Time Out Chicago. She is also a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that’s performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, L.A. Comedy Fest, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
Scott Duff is a Chicago-based actor, comedian, radio host, and professional gay. A graduate of Northwestern University, Scott began his Chicago theatre career as one of the founding Artistic Associates of About Face Theatre, Chicago's award-winning theatre company dedicated to advancing the national dialogue about gender and sexuality. In addition to AFT, he has worked with Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass, and American Theatre Company. Scott is the host of Chigaygo, a monthly show at Laugh Factory Chicago featuring Chicago's best LGBTQA comics, and he performs at comedy venues across the city including Zanies, iO, Uptown Underground, 100 Proof Comedy, The Annoyance, and Laughs In The Lounge. His one-man show, Alone: A Solo Homo A-Go-Go, debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art and transferred to iO. Scott is also the host and producer of OUT CHICAGO, a weekly live talk show for the LGBT community airing Sundays from 11am-1pm (CST) on WCPT, Chicago's Progressive Talk. Think of it as Sunday brunch with your gay best friends: a delightful mix of jibber jabber, current events, celebrity interviews, healthy living, and cultural bites that are good for the gays and beyond. Some of his guests have included Margaret Cho, Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Ron Nyswaner (Milk, Freeheld), Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees), Paula Poundstone, Leigh Fondakowski and Kelli Simpkins (The Laramie Project), Alexandra Billings and Amy Landecker (Transparent), and Rondi Reed (August: Osage County, Mike & Molly).
Dina Nina Martinez
3/4 Women. 2/4 Queer. 4/4 Hilarious.