Christmas in July

Three dynamic friends enter a graveyard trying to summon a spirit, the devil, literally anyone except… Santa Claus.. Put out your tree, hang your lights and join us for a spooky night of sketches. As they say… Tis the Seance.

Steamworks: The Musical

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 campy, comedy classic. A wide-eyed young man comes to Chicago looking for love in … Continue reading Steamworks: The Musical

Improv at The Annoyance: 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 Improv at The Annoyance: Baby Wine


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

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

Improv at The Annoyance: 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 Improv at The Annoyance: Dick Wolf Improv

Improv at The Annoyance: 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 Improv at The Annoyance: True Crimes

Improv at The Annoyance: 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 Improv at The Annoyance: Fire and Beer (Annoyance House Ensemble)

Shark Tank: The Musical

PREVIEW 6/22 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 … Continue reading Shark Tank: The Musical

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

Cigarette Sandwich

Cigarette Sandwich will not be having shows on 6/8 and 6/15. 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 … Continue reading Cigarette Sandwich

The Hanleys

The Hanleys are a typical American sitcom family that always seems to find themselves in not-so-typical situations, like receiving messages from God, babysitting their neighbor’s sex doll, or dealing drugs when dad gets fired from work.

Improv at The Annoyance: 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 Improv at The Annoyance: Matt Damon Improv

Double Feature: “You Piece of Shit, You Were Always Like A Brother to Me” & “Ryan Kappmeyer Is Not A Cop”

You know the feeling you get when you catch 20 ought feet of air off a sand dune in your 150cc Kandi? It’s a hell of a thrill and 10/10 you’re going to shit your pants. This high octane solo … Continue reading Double Feature: “You Piece of Shit, You Were Always Like A Brother to Me” & “Ryan Kappmeyer Is Not A Cop”

Student Jam

A night for Annoyance students to JAM!

Improv at The Annoyance: 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 Improv at The Annoyance: MINt: Music Improv Night

Palatable Twins

Palatable Twins is a comedic experience, a wormhole of delight., and an unauthorized trip into our shared consciousness. A night of comedic and artistic variety, each show caps off the night with the show’s hosts, Gaby Dixon and Allison Reese, … Continue reading Palatable Twins

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

Welcome to the NRA

“Welcome to the NRA: A Musical ‘Bout Guns” traces the Association from their post-Civil War beginnings to their polarizing influence in today’s society. One man learns just how much of an effect the organization has on the country and questions … Continue reading Welcome to the NRA

Improv at The Annoyance: 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.

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.

Ego Trip

Ego Trip takes the best parts of a late night talk show and brings them to you live every Wednesday with a rotating set of incredible acts. This variety show brings arts of all forms directly to you, showcasing some … Continue reading Ego Trip

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

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

Improv at The Annoyance: 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 Improv at The Annoyance: Fishbowl

Messing with Mason

Susan Messing is back for a special show with Rachael Mason! Messing With a Friend features Susan Messing, and other invited talented and funny improvisers from around Chicago, from iO to Second City to The Annoyance. A collection of self-edited … Continue reading Messing with Mason

Summer House

It’s summer and it’s HOT in Russia! A family vacations in a tiny summer home, called a Dacha. In order to kill time and escape the heat they play short form improv games with each other and entertain their American … Continue reading Summer House


Hacks is an exaggerated version of Maeve Devitt and Kimberly Florian’s friendship. Through sketches and music, Hacks tackles issues we face every day as women, women in comedy, and women in comedy performing together. Much of the charm lies in … Continue reading Hacks

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

True Grits

True Grits is a solo show about southern women. It is “Steel Magnolias” meets “Designing Women.” Lauren Lonergan grew up all over the south. She is related to Margaret Mitchell (who wrote “Gone With The Wind”), wore bonnets for most … Continue reading True Grits

AP5 Student Showcase

This is the final showcase for the AP5 students! The focus in AP5 is the creation of an original show by the ensemble. Exercises are tailored to help the improviser discover and strengthen their individual comedic voice and also on … Continue reading AP5 Student Showcase

AP1 Student Showcase

This is the final showcase for students in the AP1 class! AP1 is an all-encompassing survey course that will give anyone a solid foundation in improvisational comedy – whether you want to perform, direct, write, or just know more.

AP2 Student Showcase

This is the final showcase for students taking the AP2 class! The Annoyance philosophy focuses on decisive initiations and a strong point of view. AP2 looks at the first seconds of scenes and explores how they affect the rest of … Continue reading AP2 Student Showcase

AP3 Student Showcase

This is the final showcase for students in the AP3 class! AP3 is about taking that next step in scenes. While AP2 focused on the beginning moments of a scene, in AP3 students are challenged to play with more complexity … Continue reading AP3 Student Showcase

AP4 Student Showcase

This is the final showcase for students in the AP4 class! Through individual feedback, setting performance goals, and identifying and breaking habits, AP4 offers fine-tuning and involves the following aspects: Stretching the performer Pushing specificity Multiple person scenes, split-scenes Making … Continue reading AP4 Student Showcase