I Hate Stacey

I Hate Stacey: A Solo Show by Maria Konopken is about battling your depression, anxiety, and the inner voice that tells you aren’t enough. Everyone has that voice…mine just happens to be named Stacey.


Trapped in an ancient slime put, our hero Man-Y-Faces must reveal his true identity buried beneath a pile of weirdos that live within his mind, in order to free himself. Is he a star-crossed idiot, a petty cat burglar, a … Continue reading Man-Y-Faces

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

The Forgotten

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

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.

“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”

Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery

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

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


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

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?


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 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


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

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

Improvised Twilight Zone

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.

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)

Y2Gay: Coming of Age at the End of the World

Set at the edge of the new millennium, Y2Gay 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 school with an iron fist. … Continue reading Y2Gay: Coming of Age at the End of the World

Splatter Theater

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 the bumbling old man. Laugh … Continue reading Splatter Theater


An improvised play based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Presented by Edgar Allen PoeProv.

A Wet Dream on Elm Street: The Musical

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 to terms … Continue reading A Wet Dream on Elm Street: The Musical

Haunted House

Down, down, down into a spooky cave at the bottom of a lake is a Haunted House! Inside this creepy cave many terrifying (and not so terrifying) characters pass their time haunting the audience and being haunted! Written and performed … Continue reading Haunted House

The Real Housewives of Improv

A “Real Housewives” based, cocktail-infused, improvised comedy show inspired by YOU! Each night, the cast interviews a member of the audience and then improvises the lost episode of that person’s hometown! Blending the structure and themes of the popular reality … Continue reading The Real Housewives of Improv

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

Burlesque is More: Naughty and Nice

Night Out in the Suburbs

On a quiet night in the sleepy suburbs of Port Jefferson, Long Island, five young cops share in an experience that forces them to face the harsh truths of friendship, love, and growing up. Night Out in the Suburbs is … Continue reading Night Out in the Suburbs

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

It’s Christmas Goddammit!

Ryan and Eddie Christmas

The Annoyance Christmas Pageant (Matinee)