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In 'Work In Progress,' A Darkly Funny Coming Of Middle Age

Abby McEnany plays a version of herself — a middle-aged, queer, gender non-conforming woman — in a new Showtime comedy series. It's the first TV project for the Chicago improv stalwart.
Abby McEnany plays a version of herself in Work in Progress, a dark comedy series based on her own life. Source: Showtime

In the new Showtime comedy series Work in Progress, Abby McEnany joins a long tradition of comedians playing a version of themselves on TV.

She's depressed, anxious, self-conscious. She's also playing a "45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke" who meets a young transgender man.

McEnany has spent decades in Chicago's improv comedy scene. She says she dealt with a long string of rejections and failed auditions. Then her pilot got picked up and greenlit for a full series.

She still can't quite believe it.

"We got the note from Showtime, like, 'Hey, they want to do something

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