Space Scum: The Musical

Humans. Robots. Tentacle aliens. And one LIZARD MAN. This ragtag crew of space cleaners sail around the stars to dispose of the junk left behind. It’s all part of a routine mission until BLAM! their ship is pulled too close … Continue reading Space Scum: The Musical

Blame It On Our A.D.D.

Blame it On Our A.D.D. is a variety show hosted by Elias Rios Sundays in May 5/5-5/19 at Annoyance! This show is looking to highlight performers with A.D.D. and their experiences! Bits don’t have to be related ADD/ADHD– but the … Continue reading Blame It On Our A.D.D.

Missed Call

We’re terrible at answering our phones so we get a lot of voicemails. To start the show we’re going to listen to one of our voicemails with the audience, which we’ve never heard before, and it will be the inspiration … Continue reading Missed Call

The Audition

This is it. The dream audition every actor wants… a one man show! Can Damon deliver on the sides he was tasked to prepare for? Is he worthy of booking this very big gig? Can he handle multiple characters and … Continue reading The Audition

Messing with Mason

Susan Messing is BACK and she’s bringing Rachael Mason. Put your seat belts on.

Student Jam

A night for Annoyance students to JAM!

People Person

People Person, a solo show written and performed by Josie Benedetti, is back for its third run, this time at the Annoyance Theatre and Bar! Directed by Sam Super, People Person is an honest and absurd reflection on one woman’s … Continue reading People Person

MINt: Music Improv Night

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

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9- Chicago

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

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

Trigger Happy

The show consists of a series of unrelated scenes that are inspired by a single suggestion from the audience. During the show the cast share an invisible language that will trigger certain events, as if by magic.

The Slather & Gibbs Show

Come witness America’s most rambunctious and unpredictable late-night talk show hosts run amok on “live” television as their producer, Mr. Gilbert, scrambles to keep the show together. Described by audiences as “unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” The Slather & Gibbs … Continue reading The Slather & Gibbs Show

Chuckle F*ckers

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. Hosted by Kendra Jamaica and JP Fry.

WedneSLAY: A Lip Sync Extravaganza

You can’t stop the sync, at this raucous variety/competition show featuring some of Chicago’s most exciting queens, comics, goons, loons and everything in between! Every week a slate of lips sync all-stars and one daring audience member will perform their … Continue reading WedneSLAY: A Lip Sync Extravaganza

I Wanna Believe! An X-Files Parody Musical

Agents Mulder and Scully are on the case! As a deadly dancing epidemic spreads among suburbanites Mulder and Scully are forced to confront their feelings for each other all while singing and dancing! I Wanna Believe! has all your favorites, … Continue reading I Wanna Believe! An X-Files Parody Musical

Stand-Up Showcase

A FREE stand-up show with some of Chicago’s hottest comedians, hosted by Beckett Kenny.

Free RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party: Hosted by OUTHAUS

Pam Who and the ladies of OUTHAUS host a free weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party. Watch the show, win some prizes then stick around for the Queens to perform live.

Fishbowl

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

Generals

Generals is improv duo Antoine McKay (Empire, Patriot, Sense8) and Christy Bonstell (Shameless, Chicago Med, APB). Each week they host one performer from the acting world (Steppenwolf, Goodman, Jeff Award Winners…) to join them and perform their favorite General audition … Continue reading Generals

Baby Wine

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

The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour

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

Dick Wolf Improv

In the Criminal Justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate the crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. Dick Wolf Improv tells you their stories. Every Saturday Dick … Continue reading Dick Wolf Improv

Silly Point Is Trouble

Every week, some of Chicago’s biggest Troublemakers will dive with us into the deep end of what makes them a problem for others and themselves. Havoc will be wreaked. It will feel good to be this bad! Silly Point is … Continue reading Silly Point Is Trouble

Fire and Beer (Annoyance House Ensemble)

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)

Matt Damon Improv

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

Annoyance Open Mic

The Annoyance’s only Open Mic Night! Come and try your hand at some standup or solo performance or simply just come to watch! Hosted by Lilly Allison. OPEN MIC WILL BE BOOKED BY LOTTERY DRAWING – You may pick up … Continue reading Annoyance Open Mic

Burlesque is More

The ladies of the Annoyance are back again in a remount of the show that’s the perfect mix of silly and sexy: Burlesque is More! Combining neo-burlesque dancing with comedic monologues and improv, Burlesque is More is the perfect show … Continue reading Burlesque is More

Skinprov

This classic Annoyance show has been running for over 10 years! As the male and female performers improvise, some will disrobe down to their skivvies, and others may offer just a quick peak. Sexy, silly and fun Skinprov is always … Continue reading Skinprov

Cigarette Sandwich

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

Chameleon

Cameron Mahai is a chameleon. Not in a charismatic way, he’s just anxious, has crazy eyes, and can shoot his tongue out of his face at 60 miles per hour. He likes that he can change colors, but he doesn’t … Continue reading Chameleon

Steamworks: The Musical

May 17th PREVIEW 8pm $12 / May 24th IML PREVIEW at 10 pm $12) The Annoyance Theatre is proud to bring back the summertime hit, “Steamworks: The Musical” with updated songs and additional characters for a modern view of its … Continue reading Steamworks: The Musical

Hitch*Cocktails

NO SHOW MAY 24TH 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 … Continue reading Hitch*Cocktails

Mayor of Schaumburg

There’s a new Mayor in town, and she’s ready to show her true colors! Mayor of Schaumburg combines all of the gloriousness that is your favorite Chicago Northwest suburb, Schaumburg. In this one of a kind solo show, Allie Ring … Continue reading Mayor of Schaumburg

My Body is Perfect

My Body Is Perfect is a solo show written and performed by Maria Konopken and directed by Marilet Martinez. This variety show helps explore why our bodies are perfect, despite what we tell ourselves, body positivity, and celebrate the journey … Continue reading My Body is Perfect

The Customer is Always Right?

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?

The White Trash Guide to Corporate America

Best selling author and self help guru, Greg Lovelace, is bringing his award winning seminar to Chicago. Using his own life’s journey, Greg has been teaching people the ins and outs of finding success in the corporate sector for close … Continue reading The White Trash Guide to Corporate America