SPECIAL CIF PERFORMANCE 5/7 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 … 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

Blue Island Compatriot

A live radio show in the style of Prairie Home Companion, Blue Island Compatriot provides a snapshot into a struggling show on a shoestring budget. Each week we’ll present songs, sketches, and stories about Chicago, the city we love to … Continue reading Blue Island Compatriot

Sunday’s Secret Soda

“Sunday’s Secret Soda” Pop Soda and The Secret Life combine like lemon-lime. “The Secret Life” is not unlike other secret societies, other than it has no secrets, or does it? They specialize in an unique musical variation of a classic improvisational … Continue reading Sunday’s Secret Soda

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

Annoyance Presents Improv: Cartoon Sex Book

Cartoon Sex Book will tell you everything you need to know. Don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. It’s Pat Reidy, Adam Peacock, Beth Melewski, Asher Perlman and Kevin Sciretta and they’ll improvise whatever you need. Feeling hungry? … Continue reading Annoyance Presents Improv: Cartoon Sex Book


“Boofgall” is a solo sketch comedy show, written and performed by Amy Thompson, that features a variety of original characters, bizarre and dark viewpoints, and physical comedy. The entire show is scored by live music, mixed as the story progresses, … Continue reading Boofgall

Cockeyed: Just A Little Bit Off

Theater at it’s finest. And weirdest. Humor abounds. Acting that astounds. 6 short plays. Some funny, some dark. None, that take place in a park. A ‘Tarantino’ parody A ‘farcey’ Diner rarity All pretty goofy All very funny Some with … Continue reading Cockeyed: Just A Little Bit Off

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

That Maxwell Bitch

This show is just for you. Each week is something different. With storytelling, improv, sketch, music and more. You’re #1, and we all know it. Feeling hungry? Add Dinner at Drew’s! Add dinner on to your show ticket for $29. … Continue reading That Maxwell Bitch

Huggable Riot Summer of Sketch at The Annoyance: Astronomical Odds

A satirical look through the infinite outcomes of the choices we make throughout the voyage of life, Astronomical Odds is directed by Hunter Larrison and comprised of original sketches from cast members Shelby Danosky, Tyler Garamella, Matt Mahaffey, Megan Stalter, … Continue reading Huggable Riot Summer of Sketch at The Annoyance: Astronomical Odds


Impro Espanol combines the life experiences of the US and Venezuala together in a seamless improvised narrative where language knows no borders. See this duo use English and Spanish interchangeably while providing memorable characters and relationships in this fast-paced show!

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

3 of a Kind

3 of a kind is a sketch and improv show hosted by Jerk Store and Mahalibaes. They will also be joined by two guest teams who will each do a three week run. Each week you will see two improv … Continue reading 3 of a Kind

Very Much Forever

Very Much Forever is a solo sketch comedy show by Ben Larrison. It’s a fun, fast-moving show made up of silly, absurd, dark and satirical characters and scenes. We hope you will like it, and that you will laugh lots. … Continue reading Very Much Forever

Annoyance Summertime Slam

Do you want to go to a show in which you also have an opportunity to perform (but don’t have to)? If so, the Summertime SLAM is FOR YOU. Join as at 8 for a show filled with sketch, stand … Continue reading Annoyance Summertime Slam


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

Special CIF show 5/5 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. … 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

The Power of Prom

“The Power of Prom,” a new and original musical-comedy written by Ed Furman, Pat Reidy, and TJ Shanoff, returns to The Annoyance Theatre. Written as a loving tribute to the 80’s, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television … Continue reading The Power of Prom

Super Picante

Super Picante is a show that brings some of the best Latino performers together on one stage. Comprised of stand up, sketch comedy, improvisation, storytelling, spoken word, and music, this show promises to deliver energetic and passionate performances from an … Continue reading Super Picante


SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FOR CIF 5/7! 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 … 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

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)

Cocksucker with opener Lady Gravy

When a mysterious man and his magical briefcase show up at the doorstep of two open-minded, regular Joes (Derrick & Alan) with an offer they can’t refuse, the two best friends will discover just how “open-minded” they really are. After … Continue reading Cocksucker with opener Lady Gravy

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 Annoyance becomes home to the The Rumble Room, a sexy, rowdy burlesque cabaret hosted by its convivial owner, Nick ‘Crazy Legs’ Velveteen. Seven stimulating ladies offer up hilarious monologues in addition to their sensual dances and group numbers that … Continue reading Burlesque is More

Annoyance Film Night

The “Annoyance Film Night” will feature different monthly screenings of independent films curated by “Spectacle.” Join us Sunday, May 1st for a collection of short films for strong femmes. There will be a Q&A with some incredible talent to follow, … Continue reading Annoyance Film Night

The Annoyance College Night

The Annoyance College Night will be bi monthly during the summer, and include non-college students! Here’s the schedule: 5/16 6/6 6/20 7/11 7/25 8/8 8/22 If you are currently enrolled in a Chicago college or university and have an improv … Continue reading The Annoyance College Night


People are shaped by the moments before and after major events. Sides explores the build up and fallout of life’s most consequential moments. It weaves scripted and improvisational techniques to create both heart-warming and gut-wrenching comedic prologues and epilogues that … Continue reading Sides

All Hunks Must Die!!!

A riff on bygone slasher films, ALL HUNKS MUST DIE!!! subverts that gore-soaked genre by exploiting a gang of hunky lads rather than a clique of scantily clad ladies. When the Hunks retreat to a cabin for a relaxing—but still … Continue reading All Hunks Must Die!!!

Dank Tank

“Dank Tank” explores and exposes the very, very real relationship between money, magic, and politics. Tank, a “supercop” DEA Agent from the dystopian wasteland of 2073, is sent back in time to the far-away land of Springfield, Illinois, in the … Continue reading Dank Tank