Abby McEnany, 52, a longtime member of Chicago's Second City improv touring group, is co-creator and star of Showtime's new comedy series, "Work in Progress." A semiautobiographical series, McEnany plays Abby, a self-identified "fat, queer dyke." McEnany lives in Andersonville.
What is your goal for the show?
I want to tell a story about people you generally don't see on TV but not be preachy. I want to make people laugh. Ultimately, I want to show that there is a community out there for everybody.
How do you identify?
I am a queer dyke.
How did you get where you are?
79彩票注册网址You just hustle, doing soul-sucking corporate gigs and little events for friends. At 40 I started touring with Second City. And I remember once driving to a synagogue on the North Shore on a Friday night, doing short-form improv for an hour for $90. I was 47.
What is it like to achieve success after 50?
79彩票注册网址Unexpected. I've been a failure at this career for 25 years. But I'm not afraid of failure, and that gives me a feeling of strength.
I won't compromise on some things. There are details that I won't reveal about myself on the show. I have to save some stuff for my own mental health.
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