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
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 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
pH Comedy and The Annoyance team up to bring you a night of amazing college improv!
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
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 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: An Improvised Rock Opera
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 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
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
After a successful mission to the outer reaches of the Milky Way, the crew of the SS Spaceship receives a distress call from Earth to check out the remains of an explosion. The crew end up face-to-face with a mysterious … Continue reading Scenes From an Italian Spaceship
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
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)
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
A 1 hr li’l Stand-Up Comedy Showcase hosted by Lill Allison at The Annoyance in the li’l theater!!! FOLLOWED BY…A LI’LL OPEN MIC: OPEN MIC WILL BE BOOKED BY LOTTERY DRAWING THIS WEEK – You may pick up a lottery … Continue reading A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up Show
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Why Now? An evening with Grabo and Kropa is a comedy show that has people saying it needs to be seen to be seen. Rob Grabowski (the titular Grabo) and Stephen Kropa (the surnamed) have known each other for many … Continue reading Why Now? An Evening With Grabo and Kropa
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
A night for Annoyance students to JAM!
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 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
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
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 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
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.
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
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.
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
Come see a showcase of amazing talent performing for Comedy Central!
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
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: The Musical
*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
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, 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
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)
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
Jared Chapman is the calmest person you know. Or Is he? Come find out thru a series of characters, stories and whatever else to learn about if Jared is either the most calmest or the most excited person you. Who … Continue reading The Calmest Person You Know