Susan Messing

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 Annoyance Theatre.  Susan created and has taught her curriculum at iO and iO West, The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, and around the globe. Susan is an adjunct instructor for DePaul University, The University of Chicago, and The School at Steppenwolf.  Her standup act with her puppet, Jolly, was featured at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s Late Fridays. Her most impressive bit movie role was as a bad stripper in a halo brace in Let’s Go to Prison!  Every Tuesday night she performs at the iO with Norm Holly in MOLLY, Thursday nights in her own critically acclaimed show, Messing with a Friend, now in its 11th year at The Annoyance, and every last Friday of the month she performs at The Second City with The Boys. She was in the lineup for the TBS/Just For Laughs festival all five years of its residence in Chicago.

  • “Improviser of the Year” – Chicago Improv Festival
  • “Best Improviser” – Chicago Reader
  • “Funniest Woman in Chicago” – Chicago Magazine


Reviews of Susan Messing:

AP4 Student 

“Messing was as billed: amazing. “

AP4 Student 

“Susan Messing is a leader of men and woman and a legend. “

AP4 Student 

“I retook this level just because I wanted more reps with Susan. “

AP5 Student 

“Susan Messing deserves a statue.”

AP4 Student

“Where do I begin about Susan Messing? She pushed us really hard during our eight weeks with her and I think that was something we all really needed…She’s always been a great help to me and she’s one of those teachers I’ve had who I can say always has my back. She’s the best. “

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