Flight 369

The Small Theatre Gate is now boarding for Flight 369! Get your round trip ticket to join The Mile High Club on their one and only aircraft. They are voted the number one budget airline in America according to their … Continue reading Flight 369

Don’t Mess With Me, I Sent My Ex to Federal Prison

Jenna dates a man for two years (and even goes ring shopping) to discover that her boyfriend hasn’t been who he says he is. After identity theft-ing Jenna for $10,000.00, Jenna must use the help of her girlfriends to solve … Continue reading Don’t Mess With Me, I Sent My Ex to Federal Prison

Matt Damon Improv

No show June 24th in celebration of the PRIDE Parade 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 … Continue reading Matt Damon Improv

Weekend at Cheesecake Factory

PREVIEW SHOW IS JULY 1ST “WEEKEND AT CHEESECAKE FACTORY” is an absurdist sketch revue revolving around the gluttony that is The Cheesecake Factory and bad 80’s movie plotlines. The show embraces the chaos of navigating the hellscape of the modern … Continue reading Weekend at Cheesecake Factory


Brittany is afraid of a lot of things — spiders, serial killers, nuclear war. Through a series of sketches and songs, Horrified explores our fears and the absurd ways we deal with them. Is someone in your life trying to … Continue reading Horrified

Student Jam

NO SHOW MEMORIAL DAY MAY 28TH A night for Annoyance students to JAM!

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

Ratas de Dos Patas

“Ratas de Dos Patas” is a variety comedy show with opening acts ranging from improv, sketch, stand up, and musical guests. The headlining performance, “Las Ratas”, is composed of 4 spicy Latinas who perform bilingual sketch and improv. At the … Continue reading Ratas de Dos Patas

Chuckle F*ckers

NO SHOW 5/22 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.

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

Clear CONscience

NO SHOW JULY 4TH. Clear CONscience is the sketch revue focused on what makes humans do predictably stupid things: cognitive biases. Each sketch centers around one cognitive bias so you can see why people are idiots without having the required … Continue reading Clear CONscience

Huggable Riot: Wake Up Call

NO SHOW JULY 4TH The 18th production for Huggable Riot, Wake Up Call marks the theatre company’s first collaboratively written one-act play. Wake Up Call shows how six friends grapple with running from their circumstances versus being trapped by them, … Continue reading Huggable Riot: Wake Up Call

3 Blocks from Broadway

NO SHOW JULY 4TH See what Broadway’s been missing! From Cats to Avenue Q, Rhyme & Punishment has cornered the market on creating feature length musicals in the style of 42nd Street’s biggest classics (only better). In their hit show, … Continue reading 3 Blocks from Broadway

Problem Child

Problem Child is an experimental Annoyance style sketch show bound to you laugh, gasp, and cheer. Inspired by performance art, and movement theatre, this ensemble has created a dark-humored sketch revue like no other. So follow us as we take … Continue reading Problem Child

Trigger Happy Improv

NO SHOW JUNE 14TH!!! 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 … Continue reading Trigger Happy Improv

Wasteland: A Night of Mandolin, Happiness and Others

“Wasteland: A Night of Mandolin, Happiness and Others” follows two post- apocalyptic marauders as they stumble into the workshop of inventor Sam Neville in the middle of the wasteland of near future Chicago, along with Sam’s masochistic Crash Test Dummy … Continue reading Wasteland: A Night of Mandolin, Happiness and Others


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

Bob Fisher’s Imporv Show

Some of Chicago’s most talented imporvisers join forces to deliver an amazing night of imporv.

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?

Steamworks: The Musical

Previews May 25th and June 1st! The popular Annoyance Theatre comedy Steamworks: The Musical is back! This singing and dancing extravaganza tells the hilarious story of a wide-eyed young man who moves to the Windy City seeking love … and … Continue reading Steamworks: 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

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

“ImproviSEXation @ Nite in the Nighttime – Working Title”

ImproviSEXation is a variety hour talk show featuring special musical guests and various types of new acts every week, from all over Chicago and beyond. This show will be an absolutely loose and festive flash in the pan that promises … Continue reading “ImproviSEXation @ Nite in the Nighttime – Working Title”

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

Nuggets (Short Form Improv)

Nuggets is a short form improv show – think Whose Line is it Anyway but updated with a young, diverse cast! Each show features a six-piece of our performers navigating games, songs, and audience suggestions and is served with a … Continue reading Nuggets (Short Form Improv)

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)


SHOW DESCRIPTION Anarchy is a completely sung, completely improvised rock opera featuring some of Chicago’s finest musical improvisers. With roots in modern musicals like Tommy by The Who, Green Day’s American Idiot, Rent, and Spring Awakening Anarchy stages an hour … Continue reading Anarchy

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

NO SHOW JUNE 2nd or June 23rd. 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, … Continue reading Burlesque is More


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 peak. As sexy … Continue reading Skinprov

Simon & Shooster

Simon & Shooster LOVE audiobooks! And they want you to love them too! Whether you’re cooking, working out at the gym, or on your commute, stop that garbage and get your butt to the Annoyance, where Simon & Shooster will … Continue reading Simon & Shooster

Double Feature: The Mole/DANKS

The Annoyance Double Feature is back with a vengence! This time the Double Feature includes amazing improv (The Mole) AND amazing sketch (DANKS). THE MOLE: Oh no! There’s a mole in our midst! Each week a new set of improvisers … Continue reading Double Feature: The Mole/DANKS

Carnie: A Solo Show

Many grew up with parents that have a common occupation. Not Samantha Woodman. Her mother owns a Pony Ride business in Northeast Ohio. Come join us for a one night only adventure based on Sam’s real life experiences of being … Continue reading Carnie: A Solo Show

Left Behind: The Rapture Musical

PREVIEWS AUGUST 5TH AND 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 … Continue reading Left Behind: The Rapture Musical

Teen Cudi Presents: Black Boy Joy

“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

Shark Tank: The Musical

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

Labor Day ~No Shows~

Hello it’s Labor Day, we have no shows! Go wear some white or don’t.