Special Shows

AICFest 2019 Presents: Messing with a Friend

Hosted by AIC

October 4th
7:00pm • $25

AIC is very proud to present, and Western North Carolina is very lucky to host, the legendary Susan Messing and Ryan Archibald as they perform the critically-acclaimed Messing with a Friend. See below for more background info on Susan and Ryan.

Susan Messing wrote and performed in two mainstage revues at the legendary Second City, and directed their National Touring Company. Messing is a founding member of the infamous Annoyance Theatre where she has created roles in over thirty original productions, including “Co-Ed Prison Sluts”, “The Miss Vagina Pageant”, and “Your Butt”. In addition, she conceived, co-adapted (with Mary Scruggs) and directed the critically acclaimed “What Every Girl Should Know…An Ode to Judy Blume” for the Annoyance stage, where she also continues to teach.

You can see Messing’s critically-acclaimed show, “Messing with a Friend” every Thursday night at The Annoyance. Messing has been an adjunct professor for Loyola University, DePaul University’s Theatre School, and The University of Chicago, and The School of Steppenwolf. Her standup act with her puppet, Jolly, has been featured at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s Late Fridays. You can hear her voice on radio and tv ads. Susan has been cut from several blockbuster films, but her recent movie role in “Let’s Go to Prison!” as a bad stripper in a halo brace, made her very happy. Her daughter, Sofia Mia, is very twelve, very ridiculous, and very awesome.

Ryan Archibald is an executive producer and recent artistic director of the Village Theater in Atlanta where he regularly performs, teaches and directs. Arch is a professional comedian with 20 years of experience in the Chicago Improv & Sketch Community, performing, teaching & directing at The Second City, The iO Theater (formerly The Improv Olympic) and The Annoyance, as well as, Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.

At The Second City, Archibald was a member of the resident company in Las Vegas and a long-time member of the Second City’s National Touring Company, which he later directed.

While at The iO Theater, Archibald was an integral part of two ground breaking ensembles, People of Earth and 3033.

In Amsterdam, Archibald performed and wrote for the English language sketch comedy and improv theater, Boom Chicago, where he helped create seven revues and was a cast member of Comedy Central Nederland’s “Comedy Central News” a Dutch take on the Daily Show.

Ryan has taught improv workshops all over the World including Austin, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bangkok, Barcelona, Baltimore, Brussels, Cancun, Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Liverpool, London, Nassau, Rome, Rotterdam, La Jolla, L.A., Seattle, Phoenix, Tulsa, Tucson, de Haag, D.C., etc, just like Johnny Cash.

Opening will be San Diego’s Hardy Boys, Washington, DC’s Sichuan Pepper Daddies and Greenville, SC’s Abraham!

Show at:
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Tina McGuire Theatre
18 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

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or get your tickets directly from the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts here (processing fees and taxes will apply): www.worthamarts.org/online/article/aicfest2019

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