Bastards of the Underground

The show features some of the sickest, quickest minds in improv and freestyle rap backed by a live band. The Bastards of the Underground and its alumni have performed literally all over the world. It’s cast can been seen in … Continue reading Bastards of the Underground

Quite Right Tonight

A delightful mishmash of storytelling, performance art, and comedy that highlights queer and female-identifying artists. Ruby Western, the incredibly tall host, interviews each performer in late night TV fashion while audience members participate in an ongoing Bingo game. You will … Continue reading Quite Right Tonight


FORTUNATE is a show inspired by whoever the hell writes fortune cookies. After a night out at a Chinese restaurant, a seemingly casual end-of-dinner treat turns drastically philosophical when guests crack open their fortune cookies to reveal their lives have … Continue reading Fortunate

Annoyance Presents Improv: 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. SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FOR … Continue reading Annoyance Presents Improv: Trigger Happy

The Starlight Lounge Presents Bracket & Spootz

The Starlight Lounge was once the jewel of the Catskills, but the entertainment business ain’t what it used it to be. Night after night, resident performers Bracket and Spootz take the stage in hopes of showbiz success, sweating it out … Continue reading The Starlight Lounge Presents Bracket & Spootz

Thursday Night Stand-Up

Brand New Stand-up showcase every Thursday at 8pm!


Fishbowl hosted by Sight Unseen features a rotating selection of independent groups to open the show. Then, Annoyance Students will get a chance to enter their ID’s into a fishbowl. 5 students selected will perform in an improv jam with … Continue reading Fishbowl

Messing with a Friend

Messing With a Friend features Susan Messing, and other invited talented and funny improvisors from around Chicago, from iO to Second City to The Annoyance. A collection of self-edited improvised scenes based on a single suggestion. A joyful, uncensored, and … Continue reading Messing with a Friend


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

Great Night with Danny Catlow

Great Night with Danny Catlow is the talk show that feels good to be at. With guests ranging from real-life Chicagoans to some not-real-life nut jobs, Great Night is a refreshing, experimental take on a boring, stinky late night show. … Continue reading Great Night with Danny Catlow


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 women, exciting music and drinks…plenty of drinks. Since this is high … Continue reading Hitch*Cocktails

Baby Wine

Baby Wine is an all-gay improv supernova with universally relatable scenework 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

Ouija: A Haunted History

In the 1890’s the Fox Sisters help usher in the Spiritualist movement, known as the most famous mediums of the time. But they’re about to be replaced by a wooden board “created” by a patent clerk and a novelty store … Continue reading Ouija: A Haunted History

Fire and Beer (Annoyance House Ensemble)

SPECIAL CIF PERFORMANCE 5/7 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 … Continue reading Fire and Beer (Annoyance House Ensemble)

Splatter Theater

A parody of Friday the 13th-type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as the nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in … Continue reading Splatter Theater

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

The Power Half-Hour: Beer-Powered Comedy

Thirty minutes. Thirty sketches. Thirty shots of beer: The Comedy Power (Half) Hour returns! Every week, Cigarette Sandwich is slamming down thirty hot, one-minute sketches, with a shot of beer between each. That’s right, the performers will be just as … Continue reading The Power Half-Hour: Beer-Powered Comedy

Annoyance Film Night

The “Annoyance Film Night” will feature different monthly screenings of independent films curated by “Spectacle.” June 5th: CHICAGOLAND SHORTS VOL. 2 brings together the best of narrative, experimental, dance, and documentary short films from a diverse range of perspectives. National … Continue reading Annoyance Film Night

Baby Dyke’s Guide to the Universe & I’m Just Like You: The Cult Story

This double feature showcases two solo shows: Chelsea Norment’s solo show, “Baby Dyke’s Guide to the Universe,” is an exploration into the life of a young queer women, as investigated by an alien. The show dives into the stigmas, and … Continue reading Baby Dyke’s Guide to the Universe & I’m Just Like You: The Cult Story

Comedy Comes Alive

Comedy Comes Alive is an irreverently funny 2 person sketch revue that explores sexuality from the perspectives of a queer man from New England and a curiously straight man from rural Wisconsin mixed with their odd fascination with classic B-Movies, … Continue reading Comedy Comes Alive

Sacred Cow

Different Annoyance people will show up for an exciting night of on the spot improv. 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 … Continue reading Sacred Cow

The Annoyance College Night

Here’s the schedule: Sep 12th Sep 26th Oct 3rd Oct 17th Nov 7th Nov 21st Dec 5th Dec 12th If you are currently enrolled in a Chicago college or university and have an improv or sketch group, do stand up … Continue reading The Annoyance College Night


#Humanity is a biting satire of the internet and the effects it has on the human psyche. Be it our political discourse, day to day life, or the existential goings ons of this day and age; we show what our … Continue reading #Humanity


Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “razzle dazzle” as “noisy and exciting activity meant to attract attention.” Spooky Dookie defines Merriam-Webster as “a big, good book.” This showbiz-inspired sketch show is packed with exciting activity, performed and written by Claire McFadden and Maureen … Continue reading SPOOKY DOOKIE: RAZZLE DAZZLE

Chuckle F*ckers

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FOR CIF FEATURING CHRIS TREW 5/3 Improv, sketch, music, stand-up, and everything in between. Come be entertained by Annoyance Groups that preform new original and experimental material! New acts every four weeks. Hosted by: TJ Medel Feeling hungry? Add … Continue reading Chuckle F*ckers

There’s Something About Bloody Mary

Huggable Riot is proud to announce the opening of its first all-female sketch revue, There’s Something About Bloody Mary! A sharp, witty revue that blends horror movie tropes with a dangerous and funny take on the female experience, There’s Something … Continue reading There’s Something About Bloody Mary

Brophy’s Trophies

“Brophy’s Trophies — A rotating variety showcase. Each week brings you a new theme, new teams, all teeming with dreams. Every show exhibits another score on the spectacular range of art in Chicago, helping you to expand your damn horizon. … Continue reading Brophy’s Trophies

High and Mighty

Preview: 10/11

Arch & Andel

Ryan Archibald and Andel Sudik, aka Arch & Andel, return to the stage for a night of theater and delights inside the intimate setting of The Annoyance Theater’s small theater.  This comedy duo have performed satire together in many different … Continue reading Arch & Andel


The Dingleberry Theater Foundation is excited  to bring their award-winning Mandatory Seminar to the Annoyance Theater in Chicago, the City of Winds. Attendees of this interactive theatrical seminar will learn valuable office skills that will optimize their performance in the … Continue reading DTF