Messing with a Friend

Thursday @ 10:30 | Mainstage


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.

Messing With a Friend is currently on hiatus until a later date to be determined, while Susan attends to some family health matters. Thank you for your understanding!

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.

Chicago Reader says:

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.

Time Out Chicago says:

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.

NewCity Stage says:

(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