Via Zoom: Cindy Caponera in Chicago ‘Messing with a Friend’

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CHICAGO – When we last talked to author/actor/producer and Chicago native Cindy Caponera in 2017, she was working on the excellent Showtime Network series “I’m Dying Up Here,’ about stand up comics in the 1970s. She’s currently in Chicago and will appear in the ongoing “Messing with a Friend” at the Annoyance Theatre. Click MESSING for ticket info.

Cindy Caponera was born on the Southside of Chicago in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. She honed her comic skills with two stints in at The Second City, and began her television writing career with the early Comedy Central series, “Exit 57.” She landed a writing gig on “Saturday Night Live” in 1995, and after three seasons on that show has worked as a freelance TV writer ever since. Her credits includes “Norm,” “My Boys,” “Sherri,” “Ground Floor,” plus Showtime’s “Shameless,” “Nurse Jackie.” And “I’m Dying Up Here.” In 2014, she published her collection of essays, “I Triggered Her Bully” – named a Kindle Top-Rated Humor Book – and it’s available both in online and print versions.

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‘Messing with a Friend’ Featuring Cindy Caponera (inset) & Susan Messing
Photo credit: Annoyance Theatre

“Messing with a Friend” is an ongoing comedy improv series, celebrating 15 years, at The Annoyance Theatre off the Belmont El Stop in Chicago. Founding Annoyance member Susan Messing has invited top improvisers with Chicago roots and nationally to her stage to practice the hilarious art of long form improvisation. Cindy Caponera last appeared with “Messing” last month.

In an interview via Zoom by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, Cindy Caponera talks improv, her current projects and her Christmas tradition on the great Southside …

READ ALL OF CINDY CAPONERA’S INTERVIEWS ON HOLLYWOODCHICAGO! Click on CC ONE, CC TWO and CC THREE.

“Messing with a Friend,” featuring Cindy Caponera and Susan Messing, will take place at the Annoyance Theatre – 851 West Belmont in Chicago – on December 6th, 2021, beginning at 9:30pm. Click ANNOYANCE for details and complete show schedule. Click TRIGGERED to purchase “I Triggered Her Bully” by Cindy Caponera.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Editor, Film Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2021 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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