“Black kids rarely get to have fun. They’re too busy stumbling upon dead bodies in John Singleton films, or being the snarky mentee for single white leads in romantic comedies, or being the one diverse kid in a small town … Continue reading Teen Cudi Presents: Black Boy Joy
After getting a single suggestion, the cast of six professional comedians also ask the audience to choose a detective. Enjoy as they invent a tale of crime, secrets and scandals right before your eyes The performers will keep track of … Continue reading Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery
Fishbowl hosted by Sight Unseen is a two act improv show. First, Annoyance Students will get a chance to enter their ID’s into a fishbowl. 5 students selected will perform in an improv jam with 5 Annoyance veterans, including teachers … Continue reading Fishbowl
“Project Magnanimous” is a comedic variety show that invites diverse talent to perform solo sketch, duo sketch, music, storytelling and more. Each week the show is hosted by a new set of characters that attempt to examine a different theme … Continue reading Project Magnanimous
We all have had terrible customer service experiences and it is time for them to bring us together. Improv and customer service come together in this show that follows the lives of particularly difficult customers. Real life customer service employees … Continue reading The Customer is Always Right?
Ever watch the tv show Shark Tank and think “That show would make a great musical!” Well, your friends at The Annoyance did. A great cast of Annoyance regulars play your favorite sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, Barbara and Robert along with all kinds … Continue reading Shark Tank: The Musical
SHEBEAST is the loudest, nastiest, sexiest group of he-women you’ve ever seen. They stomp through life making jokes and taking names. You a down right DIRTY DOG? Then this show is for you. The ladies get in your face, and … Continue reading SHEBEAST
From the “Best Improv Troupe in Chicago: 2016” – Chicago Reader It starts with an audience suggestion then the players create a full length thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. There could be murder, car chases, gun play, beautiful … Continue reading Hitch*Cocktails
Baby Wine is an all-gay improv supernova with universally relatable scene-work from a cast filled with unique points of view. Baby Wine can only be described as a fast-paced mix of complex relationships with manipulated gender roles and pop culture … Continue reading Baby Wine
TICKETS FREE. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. Aliens! Time Loops! Thrills, Chills, and Kills! PLANET DO OVER is a sci-fi adventure sketch comedy musical that takes you to…the Future(!) where scientists have discovered a new planet, one nearly identical to our … Continue reading Planet Do Over!
See a collage of character studies, scenes, songs and maybe even some audience interaction, all written in a week by some of Chicago’s most accomplished comedians. The “Holy Fuck Comedy Hour” is a curated hour of eclectic, comedic material written … Continue reading The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour
No sexy vampires here! Just twists, twists, twists, and one more twists. Each week the ITZ spins three, never-before-seen episodes of Rod Serling’s: the Twilight Zone, from your suggestions.
The Annoyance House Ensemble improvises based on an audience suggestion. Feeling hungry? Add Dinner at Drew’s! Add dinner on to your show ticket for $29. Head over to Drew’s on Halsted, just down Belmont, for their special pre fixe menu … Continue reading Fire and Beer (Annoyance House Ensemble)
PREVEIEW 9/1 Set at the edge of the new millennium, Grease 3: Even Greasier is a high school comedy for the 90’s kid in all of us. The most popular girl at Jonathan Taylor Thomas High, Rude Betsy, rules the … Continue reading Grease 3: Even Greasier
A 1 hr li’l Stand-Up Comedy Showcase hosted by Lill Allison at The Annoyance in the li’l theater!!! FOLLOWED BY…A LI’LL OPEN MIC: OPEN MIC WILL BE BOOKED BY LOTTERY DRAWING THIS WEEK – You may pick up a lottery … Continue reading A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up Show
PREVIEW SHOWS 9/15 & 9/22 BONUS HALLOWEEN SHOW 10/31 AT 8PM A parody of Friday the 13th-type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theatre” include such archetypes as the nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course … Continue reading Splatter Theater
No Show 9/15 This classic Annoyance show returns for the first time to the new Annoyance with a twist. As the male and female performers improvise, some will disrobe down to their skivvies, and others may offer just a quick … Continue reading Skinprov
Cigarette Sandwich is finally taking the gloves off, showing you the mewling, betentacled stumps they call hands. No more gimmicks, zero additives, just the best sketch comedy ever written or performed, anywhere, ever, and if you disagree, fight us. It’s … Continue reading Cigarette Sandwich
PREVIEWS AUGUST 12th! Inspired by the best-selling series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this eschatological episode takes place in a freshly raptured town. The residents must lean on each other and form unlikely friendships (and romances) … Continue reading Left Behind: The Rapture Musical (An R rated Parody)
Have you ever read Dante’s Inferno? How about Milton’s Paradise Lost? Oh, Okay, no worries! There are no pre-recs for seeing “Max & Annie Have Lost Your Mind!” Come one, come all to this wild sketch comedy revue where Max … Continue reading Max and Annie Have Lost Your Mind
The cast of Matt Damon Improv is comprised of all women of color “slaying improv comedy,” sometimes featuring a special guest white male(Matt Damon) or female (Lena Dunham) improv comedy veteran who can only speak when repeating things that the … Continue reading Matt Damon Improv
These housewives are real…and hilarious!
For the past 40 years, aspiring screenwriter Stephen K. Bannon has toiled over his magnum opus—a dramatic portrayal of the struggle between good and evil entitled American Carnage. In a series of staged readings spanning pivotal moments of his life, … Continue reading American Carnage: A Solo Staged Reading of Select Screenplays by Stephen K. Bannon
FREAK is a solo show exploring the emotional freak inside us all. What is it like to dismiss your wants and desires? This show forces us to examine loneliness, fear of settling, and self hate through the eyes of LeeAnne, … Continue reading Freak
MINt Music Improv Night 4 ensembles of improvisers, together for 4 months, doing weekly music improv sets. Come watch what feats of improv bravery these performers exhibit weekly, and join us for good’ole community-in-song. And if you want to throw … Continue reading MINt: Music Improv Night
Shelby Plummer always has a new favorite song and she’s always falling in love. In Love Songs: A Solo Show with Friends the audience will take a journey through Shelby’s past loves and the songs that romanticized them. You’ll also … Continue reading Love Songs: A Solo Show with Friends
Tuesdays@9 is a free weekly cold reading series founded by the renowned Off-Broadway theater company, Naked Angels, in NYC. Annoyance is proud to be the Chicago outpost for this series. Each week, excerpts from very new work (teleplays, pilots, plays, … Continue reading Naked Angels Tuesdays@9- Chicago
Super Human is an improv team that tore into Chicago’s comedy scene in 2012 at The Upstairs Gallery (RIP). Since then, Super Human has become synonymous with bold, hilarious, fearless and fun comedy. Described as a “splash zone of women,” … Continue reading Super Human
NO SHOW SEPTEMBER 19TH Strawberry Dreams is a sketch show that explores the concept of translating dreams onto the stage. It follows the weaving of five best friends’ slumber-inspired adventures into a comedic sketch show. Using non-traditional scene transitions, the … Continue reading Strawberry Dreams
NO SHOW 9/19 Majority Minority sets out to celebrate anyone who identifies as “other” while lampooning the ludicrous things white people get away with and to prove that brown people just know how to cook out better. This show, seemingly … Continue reading Huggable Riot: Majority Minority
NO SHOW SEPTEMBER 19TH Won’t you join us for a cocktail hour this evening? You are cordially invited to a fancy evening of drinks, socializing, music, comedy, and improv! Everybody likes to talk about themselves every once in a while, … Continue reading Cocktail Hour with Brotherhusbands.
“Angela of Death” is a dark musical comedy revolving around hapless teenager, Angela Ostrowski. As her high school career comes to an end, Angela’s reputation is marred by the sudden, inexplicable deaths of her exes. Rumors begin to swirl and … Continue reading Angela of Death
The Chicago Otters are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine suffered a season ending injury. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open tryout. Iowa farm kid … Continue reading Striking Out: The Fundraising Show!
Improv, sketch, music, stand-up, and everything in between. Come be entertained by Annoyance groups that perform new, original and experimental material! New acts every two weeks.
PREVIEW 10/7/2018 When a group of misfit friends goes out to Boystown, they find themselves facing off with Teddy Krueger, the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street’s sadder, sexier younger brother. As each friend drifts into the dreamworld they must come … Continue reading A Wet Dream on Elm Street: The Musical