Alyse McGuigan is a Chicago-based writer and performer from Park Ridge, IL. She majored in psychology at New York University where she cofounded a sketch comedy group that fueled her love for comedy. She is a graduate of the iO and Chicago Improv Den programs and has studied improv and writing at The Second City. Alyse regularly performs around Chicago with indie improv teams and a sketch comedy duo. She hopes to bring dynamic female characters to stages and screens everywhere.

How I learned to stop worrying and have Melissa McCarthy in ‘Bridesmaids’ slap some sense in to me

The first time I watched “Bridesmaids” (2011), I remember laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe, specifically during the bathroom scene where the pristine atmosphere of a dress store filled with elegance and the hope of everlasting love is cut down by the brutal aftermath of food poisoning.


Siblings can be the most enduring relationships you have in your life. They know you before significant others come along. They know life with your parents and life after your parents die. They know you before major successes and failures. It is for these reasons that the relationship between siblings is emotional and complex. I grew up with an older brother, a younger sister, and a younger brother and know all too well that while siblings know how to raise each other up, we also know how to cut each other deeply where it hurts.