(CBS Local)– This weekend is a big one for Abby McEnany.

The improv comedian will debut her brand new show on Showtime called “Work In Progress” about a 45-year-old woman named Abby who explores identity, sexuality and relationships. McEnany stars in the show and co-created the series with Tim Mason. While the show dives into incredibly important topics, McEnany has been doing that on stage with her comedy for a long time.

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“It wasn’t hard to talk about this stuff because I do talk about mental illness and family and stuff like that,” said McEnany in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “It’s weird that there’s a character named Abby and we meet her and hear about her faults and struggles. A lot of it is trying to erase shame about stuff. I’m not there. I have no shame about my mental illness, but I have shame about my weight. I don’t want to have shame about my weight. The way to get through it is to talk about it and try to be the person you want to be.”

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McEnany has spent years in Chicago doing improv comedy. The comedian loves using the platform to tell stories and connect with her audience on a deeper level.

“I was just diagnosed with clinical depression five years ago,” said McEnany. “There’s so many people that I know that struggle with this stuff. We got to lose the stigma about that. I think it [improv] is the purest art form. It’s beautiful and you’re up there and it involves trusting other people. I have a really hard time trusting and sometimes you fail and fail hard. It’s just a wonderful community. I started taking classes at 24 and I’m 51 now. You start working with people you want to work with and really love.”

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Work In Progress” premieres Sunday, December 8 on Showtime.