There is nothing more tiresome than being on stage, trying to invent funny stuffs when in fact, there is so many more interesting choices that make you want to stay in the moment and then you’re sad when your scene is over. That sentence was LONG. Get some immediately specificity so you have more fun than anyone else, you inspire your partners and the audience, and then you win at improv life. Be a winner. This stuff’s delicious.

Susan Messing is one of the most outstanding improvisers of the United States. A New Jersey native and graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre School, Susan has been an improviser, comedian teacher and author for over 30 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's strength as a teacher is to make her students understand very clearly (and with a no-bullshit approach) that limitations on stage come only from within ourselves. Our fear of feeling stupid and our consequent lack of imagination improve through experience and self-acceptance.

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! In Chicago keep your eyes out for when she performs in Messing With a Friend/The Boys with Rachael Mason at The Annoyance, in Molly with Norm Holly at the iO, and with various friends all over the world. She was in the lineup for the TBS/Just For Laughs festival all five years of its residence in Chicago.

When: Sunday, March 8th from 12-2pm
Where: “Del Close Theater” located on the first floor of the iO Theater.


Susan Messing

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