Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad is a sketch comedy show satirizing travel culture, foreign policy, and even space travel! This hour long production finds humor in the culture clashing experiences of Americans out of place and out of touch. And if that weren’t … Continue reading Americans Abroad

Angela of Death

“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

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.

The Oddball Social Club

This sweet variety show is a mashup of improv with other art forms. The show features improv from a rotating cast of some of the best performers from the Annoyance and around the city. Each show, the improv is inspired … Continue reading The Oddball Social Club

What Could Have Been

Audrey, Shawn, and Ryan all live in the same universe. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they believe there aren’t alternate universes out there where their lives our very different. What Could Have Been explores the idea of what their lives … Continue reading What Could Have Been

Bite Size Broadway

Ruth Lloyd Webber (no relation) has been struggling for thirty years to throw her hat in the actor’s ring. Without a single acting credit to her infamous (no relation) name, Webber wrote eight mini musicals in the hopes of finally … Continue reading Bite Size Broadway


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

Take It Back

Take It Back! is a variety show where we reclaim acts that have been historically typecast and present them in a new light, featuring a more diverse cast and a more modern context. Think Oklahoma! meets Hamilton, with a Cabaret … Continue reading Take It Back

True Crimes

What makes serial killers kill? What makes cult leaders lead cults? Why are so many conspiracies theorized? True Crimes answers these questions in the dumbest way possible: through improv. Utilizing a morbid audience member and The Wheel of Misfortune, each … Continue reading True Crimes


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

Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera

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 long show … Continue reading Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera


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

Live Nude Men! (A Comedy Show)

Terre Haute, Indiana, 1976: A weary group of small town male strippers perform for the townsfolk at the BICEPtennial despite an attempt be shut down by the church and state! CAUTION: Extremely sexy dancing and LIVE NUDE MEN (kinda). Come … Continue reading Live Nude Men! (A Comedy Show)

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

The Annoyance Christmas Pageant (Evening)

The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while … Continue reading The Annoyance Christmas Pageant (Evening)


Some people dress for the job they want. Some people dress for the job they have. Some people do both. Tailor is the exploration of the positive and negative connotations associated to a suit. Follow Stu through his daily interactions … Continue reading Tailor

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)

Burlesque is More: Nice N’ Naughty

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

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


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

Sex, Booze and Candy Bars: A Wild Man’s Musical Memoir

This gifted Chicago improv kid was on his way to fame and fortune. Then something better came along. It’s the funny and inspiring story of local TV legend Ben Hollis, before and after Wild Chicago (his groundbreaking WTTW hit show): … Continue reading Sex, Booze and Candy Bars: A Wild Man’s Musical Memoir

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

Friday Night Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home

Friday Night Lights are On but Nobody’s Home is a reflection on Mark Saltz’s experiences as an educator, evangelical and sports fanatic. Share the joy as he reveals how he came to distrust everything he knew to be true.


Adira tells the story of one princess living in a kingdom under a terrible curse. Adira must journey alone to save her family and her home before douchebags and trolls win! And maybe learn a little something on the way. … Continue reading Adira

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

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

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

It’s Christmas, Goddamnit!

This year’s annual Christmas celebration at the James’ home has a macabre twist. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he’s been dilly-dallying with the next door neighbor. Now, throw in the accidental murder of … Continue reading It’s Christmas, Goddamnit!

The Customer is Always Right: Holiday Edition

The Customer is Always Right? Holiday Edition is a hilarious improv show that let’s the audience take a peek into the service industry and all of the pain that comes with it. Watch as performers recant tales of horror from … Continue reading The Customer is Always Right: Holiday Edition

Friday Night

Do I like musical theatre because I’m gay, or am I gay because I like musical theatre? The question haunted David as he came to terms with the two most important parts of his identity, the one fabulous and the … Continue reading Friday Night

Ryan and Eddie Christmas

The Annoyance Christmas Pageant (Matinee)

The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while … Continue reading The Annoyance Christmas Pageant (Matinee)

An Actor Prepares: New Year, New Me

George Elrod prepares for the greatest role of his life… playing himself. A solo show featuring Chicago comedian, George Elrod, as he performers original characters that are as much a part of him as he is a part of them … Continue reading An Actor Prepares: New Year, New Me