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.

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 Wednesday Dick … Continue reading Dick Wolf Improv

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.

WedneSLAY: A Lip Sync Extravaganza

You can’t stop the sync, at this raucous variety/competition show featuring some of Chicago’s most exciting queens, comics, goons, loons and everything in between! Every week a slate of lips sync all-stars and one daring audience member will perform their … Continue reading WedneSLAY: A Lip Sync Extravaganza

The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham’s Magical, Miracle Sure-Cure For All Female Weaknesses

THE BALLAD OF LYDIA PINKHAM… is the hilarious, somewhat disturbing, (mostly) true tale of the first woman to ever be “trolled” through the media. With an eclectic mix of storytelling techniques including original blue-grass music, movement and dance, this play … Continue reading The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham’s Magical, Miracle Sure-Cure For All Female Weaknesses

Free RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party: Hosted by OUTHAUS

Pam Who and the ladies of OUTHAUS host a free weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party. Watch the show, win some prizes then stick around for the Queens to perform live.

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

The Oddball Social Club

This sweet variety show is a mashup of improv with other art forms. The show features improv from a rotating cast of some of the best performers from the Annoyance and around the city. Each show, the improv is inspired … Continue reading The Oddball Social Club

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 True Crimes

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

Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera

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: An Improvised Rock Opera

Hitch*Cocktails

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

Scamp

Scamp has got it all. Over thirty years combined improv experience? Check. So much love for each other? Check. Weirdly high energy? Check. General goofiness paired with actual real acting skills and at least a little bit of intelligence? Very … Continue reading Scamp

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)

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

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

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

Skinprov

This classic Annoyance show has been running for over 10 years! As the male and female performers improvise, some will disrobe down to their skivvies, and others may offer just a quick peak. Sexy, silly and fun Skinprov is always … Continue reading Skinprov

Cigarette Sandwich

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 or performed, anywhere, ever, and if you disagree, fight us. It’s … Continue reading Cigarette Sandwich

Jimmy Buffett’s Big Ol’ Easter Sunday Silver Screen Luau

Put on your flip flops, slather on some sunscreen and join “Jimmy Buffett” (Sean Tiffin) and friends for a salty margarita or two on Easter Island (the Annoyance Mainstage)! Jimmy Buffett’s Big Ol’ Easter Sunday Silver Screen Luau is an … Continue reading Jimmy Buffett’s Big Ol’ Easter Sunday Silver Screen Luau

Baseline

The alt-comedy duo BASELINE (Melanie Menendez and Brooke Montoya) accompanies audiences on an interactive journey through six worlds to experience an alien’s absurd interpretation of what it means to be human. Planet Sex (3/17), Planet Pain (3/21), Planet Dreamz (3/31), … Continue reading Baseline

Missed Call

We’re terrible at answering our phones so we get a lot of voicemails. To start the show we’re going to listen to one of our voicemails with the audience, which we’ve never heard before, and it will be the inspiration … Continue reading Missed Call

Mayor of Schaumburg

There’s a new Mayor in town, and she’s ready to show her true colors! Mayor of Schaumburg combines all of the gloriousness that is your favorite Chicago Northwest suburb, Schaumburg. In this one of a kind solo show, Allie Ring … Continue reading Mayor of Schaumburg

Student Jam

A night for Annoyance students to JAM!

Freak

FREAK is BACK for a remount at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar! FREAK is a solo show written and performed by Elizabeth Andrews and Directed by Second City Main Stage Ryan Asher. FREAK is an intimate queer fictional one woman … Continue reading Freak

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

Anxiety Is Punk

Masked songwriter/singer IM SORRY isn’t a hacker or a Phantom of an opera, he’s just a very private man. But though his FACE is hidden, his punk-styled opinions and yelling have been heard a lot. Now, he and Guitarist TEDDY … Continue reading Anxiety Is Punk

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

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

Space Scum

Humans. Robots. Tentacle aliens. And one LIZARD MAN. This ragtag crew of space cleaners sail around the stars to dispose of the junk left behind. It’s all part of a routine mission until BLAM! their ship is pulled too close … Continue reading Space Scum

Reformed Whores

*SPECIAL GUEST OPENERS: EVAN AND MARY JANE” Join musical comedy duo Reformed Whores as they take on the world with their unique brand of “Southern-fried feminism.” Katy and Marie belt out Dolly-esque melodies paired with hilariously raunchy lyrics and feminist … Continue reading Reformed Whores

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

People Person

People Person, a solo show written and performed by Josie Benedetti, is back for its third run, this time at the Annoyance Theatre and Bar! Directed by Sam Super, People Person is an honest and absurd reflection on one woman’s … Continue reading People Person

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 Dick Wolf Improv