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. In Chicago, Susan has been an instructor for DePaul University, Loyola 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! Susan is on hiatus from an eleven year run of her critically acclaimed show, Messing With A Friend, but she’ll be back with that and other stuff in a comedian way because that’s her wheelhouse.

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