About the Show
Messing With a Friend features Susan Messing, and other invited talented and funny improvisors from around Chicago, from iO to Second City to The Annoyance. A collection of self-edited improvised scenes based on a single suggestion. A joyful, uncensored, and improvised romp through hell.
May 4 Holly Laurent
May 11th Jo Scott
May 18th Nnamdi Ngwe
May25 James Quesada
June 1st Rachael Mason
June 8th Mark Roberts
June 15th Special Benefit Show for Franklin Fine Arts Center Messing With an Ex Husband Joe Canale Tickets $20
June 22nd Mike Gifford
June 29th Adam Peacock
July 6 Bob Fisher
July 13 Nate Dufort
July 20 Michael Patrick Thornton
July 27th Tara DeFrancisco
August 3 Ron Harlow
August 24th Andel Sudik
Feeling hungry? Add Dinner at Drew’s!
Add dinner on to your show ticket for $29. Head over to Drew’s on Halsted, just down Belmont, for their special pre fixe menu before or after this show. Offer only valid until 10:30 pm.
(select “Dinner Package” at checkout)
Susan Messing, Cast
Susan Messing, a NJ native and graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre School, has been an improviser and comedian for over thirty years. She is an alumna of the iO Theatre, Second City’s Mainstage, and a founding member of Chicago’s infamous … Continue reading Susan Messing
Media & Reviews
Chicago Tribune says:
…will surely be the hottest improv show in town and costs a mere five bucks. Assertive, vulnerable, eloquent, acerbic and —most important—complicated, Messing is a colossal talent.
In the long-running Messing With a Friend, Susan Messing reigns supreme over “Yes, and . . . ,” imbuing pregnant pauses with many an excellently timed F-bomb and fleshing out characters at once demented and lovable…”A joyful romp through hell,” the program calls the show; fire and brimstone never burned so good.
Each week, legendary improviser Susan Messing and a different friend segue from scene to scene, creating characters and situations along the way that are weird, wild and wonderful.
(Messing’s) still as fresh and foul-mouthed as ever, tapping into her own darkly funny psyche with a rambling set that gets better the darker and later it goes. If there’s a constant theme, it’s laughing at the inappropriate, but there’s no overarching storyline or continuation of characters from scene to scene—just good old-fashioned dirty improv