Susan Messing

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Susan Messing is a comedian, improvisor and teacher. She has performed in many shows at the Annoyance Theatre, IO Theater and The Second City in Chicago.


She is from Short Hills, New Jersey. She has a daughter named Sofia. She studied theatre at Northwestern University.

She has created and originated many roles at the Annoyance Theatre including parts in Real Live Brady Bunch, Co-Ed Prison Sluts, The Miss Vagina Pageant, and Your Butt. She adapted and directed What Every Girl Should Know, an Ode to Judy Blume at the Annoyance. Messing With A Friend, her current show, has been running there for three years.

She has performed at iO Theater for over 20 years and was a part of many great ensembles there including Blue Velveeta. She created iO's level 2 curriculum.

She had the rather unique distinction of being hired directly to the mainstage of Second City where she wrote and performed two revues. She also directed Blue Co., one of their national touring companies.

Exercises Attributed to Susan Messing

Sayings Attributed to Susan Messing

"If you are not having fun then you are the asshole"

"Make it pretty"

"Don't drop your shit"