Messing with a Friend

Messing With a Friend, featuring Susan Messing, has played at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago since 2006 and features a different invited improvisers from I.O. to Second City to The Annoyance at each performance. The show has been described as both “a collection of self-edited improvised scenes based on a single suggestion” and “a joyful, uncensored, and improvised romp through hell.” For this special Duofest performance, Susan’s friend will be Christina Gausas.

Tickets for this performance are still available!




About the Group:

Susan Messing is a director and actress living in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University and was a performer on The Second City mainstage. Messing is an ensemble member of Annoyance Theatre. She has performed in The Real Live Brady Bunch and directed What Every Girl Should Know… An Ode to Judy Blume based on the work of Judy Blume. She performed on NBC’s Late Friday and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend along with her puppet Jolly after showcasing at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Her critically-acclaimed improvised show, Messing With a Friend currently plays at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago every Thursday night. Susan teaches and performs in Chicago at the Annoyance Theatre and the iO Theatre (formerly Improv Olympic). She also teaches improvisational comedy for DePaul University, The University of Chicago and Loyola University. Her essays have been published in The Second City Almanac of Improvisation and in Charna Halpern’s book, Art By Committee.

Christina Gausas is an actress, improviser, and writer who originally hails from Philadelphia, PA. She currently performs with Scott Adsit (30 Rock) in their fully improvised two-person show, “Adsit & Gausas”. TimeOut New York magazine recently profiled the duo’s “high stakes improv” show, calling them “two of the most talented improvisers in New York City”. Christina created the long-form show “Let’s Have a Ball” which plays on Saturdays nights at UCB NY. She has appeared on 30 Rock, Important Things w/Demetri Martin, Delocated, Late Night w/Conan O’Brien, VH-1, and The Al Franken Show. Christina wrote and produced an independent pilot entitled “The Department” which was a finalist in the New York Television Festival 2008, with lead actor Nick Offerman winning the Best Actor Award for the Festival. Christina was named one of “The 10 Funniest New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of” by New York Magazine. Their show, “Dorff and Gausas” was described as “brainy, off-the-cuff interplay that recalls the heyday of Nichols & May.”

Hometown: Chicago, IL/New York, NY
Home Theatre: The Annoyance Theatre

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