Annoyance

Messing with a Friend

Thursday @ 10:30 | Mainstage

$5

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.

Upcoming Guests*:
(*Guests are subject to change because they’re busy people!)

June 29th   Ryan Archibald
July 6th   Bob Fisher
July 13th   Jeff Quintana
July 20th   Christy Bonstell
July 27th   Tara DeFrancisco
August 3rd   Ron Harlow
August 10th   Jeff Murdoch
August 17th   Adam Peacock
August 24th   Andel Sudik
August 31st   Michael Patrick Thornton
Sept 7th   Joe Bill
Sept 14th   Sam Locke
Sept 21st   Rashida Sheedz Olayiwola

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.
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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.

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