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.
(*Guests are subject to change because they’re busy people! We do not do ticket returns based on change of guest.)
Sept 28th Brian Boland
Oct. 5th Emily Fightmaster
Oct. 12th Tim O’Malley
Oct. 19th Jo Feldman
Oct. 26th Nick Johne
Nov. 2nd Ali Barthwell
Nov. 9th No Show
Nov. 16th Casey Whitaker
Nov. 22nd (WED) Rachael Mason
Nov. 23rd No Show (Thanksgiving)
Nov. 30th Mark Sutton
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)
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