Susan Messing

Susan Messing is an American improvisational theatre performer, teacher and author associated with the Annoyance Theater and iO Theater in Chicago.

Guest Appearances

December 8, 2016

The Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan joins Sarah and guest co-host, local improv legend Susan Messing (Second City, The Annoyance Theater, iO Theater) live at the Chicago Podcast Festival to talk about John Prine’s “Hello In There,” A River Runs Through It, and Spartacus. Plus, special musical guests Sunshine Boys open with a cover of the famous “Crybabies” theme, and play a few originals to wrap up this magical evening.

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March 17, 2016

Here is what you voted for as the best scenes of 2015, humons. These performances feature Jon Gabrus, Joe Wengert, Will McLaughlin, Chad Carter, Neil Casey, Betsy Sodaro, Colton Dunn, Joe Hartzler, Andy Daly, Sean Conroy, Brett Gelman, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Big Grande, Wild Horses, Chris Gethard, Sebastian Conelli, Shannon O’Neill, Susan Messing, Bob Dassie, John Gemberling, Brian McCann and Charlie Todd.

October 1, 2015

Recorded LIVE from the 2015 San Francisco Improv Festival, improv legends Susan Messing and Bob Dassie join Matt Besser on this week’s improv4humans! They’ll explore meeting with a genius surgeon who likes to be addressed as a cat, an airline that allows sitting in the cockpit as an alternative seat, and wearing very revealing clothes to a wedding. Make sure to get the Upright Citizens Brigade television show season 3 now available on DVD, the UCB Comedy Improv Manual, and Dragoon’s new album at!

June 3, 2015

Straight from the Mount Rushmore of Chicago Improv, Susan Messing comes down to Bro Bro to mess with Horatio, Chad and Hooray Show regular, Kevin Dorff. Susan tries out her new standup/rap persona “Too Soon” and Kevin tolerates fart jokes but only because of their place in history. Kevin stays patient at the plate while Chad goes on about his USO tour in Iraq.