Dream House

NO SHOW 5/28 Now boarding for an intergalactic journey through space- um, through a solo show. Written and performed by Lydia House. With excellent direction by Phoebe Perry. Score by Ava Lake. You can listen to Ava on Spotify or … Continue reading Dream House

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

Teacher of the Year

Five teachers from Nelson High School suddenly become four when their shitty coworker Derek is mysteriously murdered at the annual teacher convention. The remaining teachers must use their classroom skills to solve clues left by the killer. Grab your three-ring … Continue reading Teacher of the Year

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

These Humans are SUPER FUNNY! Come watch this group of seasoned pros take the stage for a night of extreme comedy.

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

Lindsey’s Calling and Bastards of the Underground

Lindsey’s Calling / Bastards Of The Underground is a variety show with music, stand up and improv. The two veteran improv teams will join forces at the end of the night for an improv set of unruly machinations and vast … Continue reading Lindsey’s Calling and Bastards of the Underground

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

A King and His Queens

A King and his Queens, hosted by Elias Rios and a different queen every week is a child-ish variety show inspired by kid wonder, sleepovers, ghost stories, mischief, tattle-tailing, after-school programs, and other forms of tom-foolery. Acts will include Sketch, … Continue reading A King and His Queens

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

Improvised Jane Austen

“The ladies in this group were experts at the slow burn, and at picking apart the structure of Austen’s stories in ways that would please both fans and critics of the subject matter. By the end of their long-form set, they had created a sort of chaos and silliness that was both a tribute to and a parody of the author.” – Third Coast Review

Chicago—Improvised Jane Austen (Chicago Reader Recommended & PerformInk’s Critics’ Pick) performs Sundays, March 11th-April 15th at the greatly esteemed Annoyance Theatre. The long-running, all-female comedy team will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

“…countless laughs…whimsical homage to the illustrious author.” — Chicago Reader
About Improvised Jane Austen: Since 2008, the ladies of Improvised Jane Austen have graced venues including Playground Theater, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, Stage 773, Bughouse Theater, Chicago Improv Festival, the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, and the Dallas Comedy Festival, as well as historical societies, schools and even bridal showers.

“Improvised Jane Austen is one of the best improv teams in Chicago, a must-see”, says Second City Alum Antoine McKay.

“…these women took it, owned it and created some really funny and touching moments….an evening of silliness and indulgence….make running amok look like delicious fun.” — PerformInk Chicago


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?

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

Baby Wine Pride Dance Party

Goes all night (Until bar close) Come celebrate Pride with Baby Wine with their show at 10pm! Don’t forget to stick around for this insanely fun dance party after the 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

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)

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


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

A Queer Pride and IT Presents: Green House Queen House

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS A Queer Pride and IT Presents Green House Queen House After-party to Pride Parade, whimsical adventure of drag, live music, DJ sets and fashion, interactive and immersive transformation of the theater into a larger than life … Continue reading A Queer Pride and IT Presents: Green House Queen House

Ratas de Dos Patas

Ratas de Dos Patas is a variety comedy show with opening acts ranging from improv, sketch, stand up, and musical acts. The main team, Ratas, is composed of 4 spicy Latinas who will be doing a sketch/ improv set in … Continue reading Ratas de Dos Patas


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

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

Camp Lamplight

NO SHOWS JUNE 3RD OR JUNE 24TH Welcome, campers, to the very first night of your weeklong stay at Camp Lamplight, founded atop Guadelupe Peak, the tallest point in Texas, by the enigmatic Parson, a man chosen by god to … Continue reading Camp Lamplight

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

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


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

Wasteland: A Night of Mandolin, Happiness and Others

PREVIEWS JULY 5TH & 12TH “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 … Continue reading Wasteland: A Night of Mandolin, Happiness and Others

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

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