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

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

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

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

Hitch*Cocktails

NO SHOW 6/1 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, … 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

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)

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

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

Skinprov

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

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

The Davensons

Country music power couple, The Davensons, are contractually obligated to perform one last concert before their divorce can be finalized. Their agents have assured us that their love will appear real while on stage or your money back (note: no … Continue reading The Davensons

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

CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY!

The Annoyance Theatre is closed for Memorial Day.

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

Super Human

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

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.

The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Wed 5/30)

SOLD OUT!!! Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day.   Well … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Wed 5/30)

Huggable Riot: Honesty is the Best Fallacy

MAY 30TH SHOW IS AT 9:30PM This hour-long, original sketch revue explores the idea of finding and expressing truth, worts and all.From the far-reaching and political to the deeply personal, these characters proclaim their truth loudly. Boldly. Through a microphone. … Continue reading Huggable Riot: Honesty is the Best Fallacy

Poster Boys

Poster Boys is a two person improvised show where Robert Bacon and Collin Dahlgren take multiple suggestions from post-it notes that are filled out by the audience before the show. Suggestions can be anything and everything. Words, phrases, drawings. Dirty … Continue reading Poster Boys

The SFN Stuff Show

NOW EXTENDED THROUGH 5/30! Stir Friday Night presents “The SFN Stuff Show!”  The 23-year-old Asian American comedy troupe will feature a crazy eclectic myriad of scripted materials ranging from sketches, stand-up, storytelling, plays, etc. etc. etc.  Just basically a bunch of STUFF.  … Continue reading The SFN Stuff Show

Trigger Happy Improv

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. Feeling hungry? Add … Continue reading Trigger Happy Improv

The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Thu 5/31)

SOLD OUT!!! Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day. Well known … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Thu 5/31)

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 Fishbowl

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

The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Fri 6/1)

SOLD OUT!!! Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day. Well known … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Fri 6/1)

The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Sat 6/2)

SOLD OUT!!! Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day. Well known … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Sat 6/2)

The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Sun 6/3)

SOLD OUT!!! Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day. Well known … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Sun 6/3)

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!

Freshman Year of Life

NO SHOW 5/30 School’s out forever and it’s now time to be a real person. Are you ready?? Don’t worry, no one is! Join the cast of Freshman Year of Life in this original sketch revue as we explore the hard truths … Continue reading Freshman Year of Life