NOW EXTENDED THROUGH 5/9! 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
Watch TV but not on a TV………live! Each week, Speed Read showcases three brand new, hot-off-the-old-timey typewriter TV comedy pilots. Like a staged reading on steroids, our actors bring these totally original shows to life with minimal rehearsal and maximal … Continue reading Speed Read
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
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: Burn It Down
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
Corey DOES TOO! Have Friends is an improvised show using a loose armando format. Each week Corey invites eight different improvisers with different levels on experience to create scenes inspired by a suggestion from the audience. Many of the ensemble … Continue reading Corey Does Too Have Friends
WINTER BREAK! Be back on 1/11/2018! pH Comedy and The Annoyance team up to bring you a night of amazing college improv!
“With This I Will Takeover the World” is a new puppet show coming to the Annoyance Theatre. Its diabolical plot follows the story of two puppet super-villains (Professor Von Destructus and F.R.O.D.O.K) and the their human Henchman (Hench) as they navigate universal … Continue reading With This I Will Take Over the World
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
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
NO SHOW 4/6/2018 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
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
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)
NO SHOWS 10/7 & 10/14! 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 … Continue reading Fire and Beer (Annoyance House Ensemble)
EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH!!! You’ve never heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s relative, Bobby Lloyd Webber, but after this hysterical performance at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago you’ll definitely be a fan. Webber wrote ten musicals while doing hard time in prison … Continue reading Bite Size Broadway
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
NO OPEN MIC 10/7 & 10/14! 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 … 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 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
NOW EXTENDED THROUGH 5/13! The citizens of the small town of Centerville, OH, only want what the rest of us want: the quick delivery of their packages – a weakening desire that ALEXA knows all too well. Will this greed for speed seduce our fellow … Continue reading Prime Day! An Amazonian Musical
Generals is improv duo Antoine McKay (Empire, Patriot, Sense8) and Christy Bonstell (Shameless, Chicago Med, APB). Each week they host one performer from the acting world (Steppenwolf, Goodman, Jeff Award Winners…) to join them and perform their favorite General audition … Continue reading The Generals
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
“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
A night for Annoyance students to JAM! NO JAM ON 1/1/2018
Watch some of Chicago’s best up-and-coming comedians audition for a spot at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. Every July, Montreal hosts the largest gathering of comedy industry executives from across the globe. For stand-ups, the … Continue reading Just for Laughs – Showcase
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
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
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.
These Humans are SUPER FUNNY! Come watch this group of seasoned pros take the stage for a night of extreme comedy.
“War Kids” is a storytelling and sketch show, written and performed by Firas Alexander and Suzanne Ballout, that details their experiences as youths entangled in international hostilities that they were barely old enough to comprehend. Firas is an improviser and … Continue reading War Kids
Million Dollar Misery is an original dark comedy that tells the story of a band held captive by a deranged fan in what can be considered a loose mashup of Broadway musicals like Million Dollar Quartet and Stephen King’s Misery. … Continue reading Million Dollar Misery
An exhibition of masculinity thru Drag King performance, BIG BOY remixes the gender-binary thru music, camp and boob-binding in an original sketch revue. Celebrate the local stable boy, hang with that weird uncle with a penchant for pearling and affinity … Continue reading Double Feature: Big Boy / Jon Matteson: A Solo Show by Jon Matteson
“My Cosmic Blowout” is Analisha Santini’s solo exploration of ADD, bisexuality and her love for quirky characters. This immersive comedy will leave you covered in confetti and make you think when was the last time I went to Fresno?! Fresno … Continue reading My Cosmic Blowout
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
In this show the garden boys are going FOR THE RECORD and they are making it count. Mick Napier directs Chicago’s premier sketch group as they perform their raucous two-night-only, two-act, live-filmed comedy special. The garden boys have written and … Continue reading The Garden Boys Present: FOR THE RECORD (Friday 10pm)
In this show the garden boys are going FOR THE RECORD and they are making it count. Mick Napier directs Chicago’s premier sketch group as they perform their raucous two-night-only, two-act, live-filmed comedy special. The garden boys have written and … Continue reading The Garden Boys Present: FOR THE RECORD (Saturday 8pm)
“They’re just too sexy” – Moulin Rouge. Come see the show that’s banned in three-quarters of the world. Dancing, Improv, SEXINESS, Comedy. Rated MEOW for ages 18 and up.”
A play about LSD and the man who discovered it.
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 to … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Wed 5/30)
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 to fans … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Thu 5/31)
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 to fans … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Fri 6/1)
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 to fans … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Sat 6/2)
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 to fans … Continue reading The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival presents: Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues starring Scott Thompson (Sun 6/3)