Comedy Shows

Come to enjoy great comedy improv, sketch shows, plays and musicals. Age restriction is 14+ for our shows; please know our material is uncensored and may have content that’s more for mature audiences. If you’re not sure if something’s right for your party, just give us a call!

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus Present Lipstick and Lyrics: Band Together

Chicago’s largest live-singing drag show returns with songs of protest to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. This year’s queens and kings will perform selections that furthered civil rights toward equality for all. Just as drag queens were instrumental in … Continue reading Comedy Shows

JAVIER AWARDS

THE JAVIER AWARDS are as old as the Oscars and yet more prestigious. Affectionately referred to as “The Javvies” (pronounced hAH-veez), the ceremony will play with the typical conventions that surround such a grandiose type of star-studded event, including emotional … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Scenes From an Italian Spaceship

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 Comedy Shows

Guess Who

Whip out the board games because it’s time to play Guess Who? Except put the board game back because we’re talking about a stand up show. Guess Who is a funnier, more interactive version of the popular board game we’ve … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

Lounge Lizards

Lounge Lizards is a comedy variety show hosted by Ross Taylor and Jen Connor, featuring live music from The Paul Desman Orchestra. Each show we’ll have at least 3 special guests from the worlds of: stand-up, magic, ventriloquism, musicians/singers, feats … Continue reading Comedy Shows

The Calmest Person You Know

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 Comedy Shows

Ugly

Ugly: A Solo Show by Catharine Savage is about putting the spotlight on all things ugly. Ugly people, ugly attitudes, and ugly thoughts surround us constantly, but we’re usually too afraid to play with them. We all have some ugly … Continue reading Comedy Shows

MINt: Music Improv Night

NO SHOW 2/29 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 … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9- Chicago

NO SHOW 2/29 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 … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Super Human

NO SHOW 2/29 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 … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

Club Asia Presents: Da CLUBHAUS

AWWWWWWW HERE IT GOES!  Everybody out there go run and tell ya homeboys and homegirls it’s time for Club Asia’s DA CLUBHAUS! Every week we’re inviting you and the dopest musicians, comedians, and artists around the city to join us … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Chuckle F*ckers

NO SHOW 1/30 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.

The Real Housewives of Improv

A “Real Housewives” based, cocktail-infused, improvised comedy show inspired by YOU! Each night, the cast interviews a member of the audience and then improvises the lost episode of that person’s hometown! Blending the structure and themes of the popular reality … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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.

Boyband: The Musical

It’s not always easy being part of the sexiest, most talented boyband to ever exist. Follow the all-female cast of Boyband the Musical as super group, “Backwards Action,” recount the glory days and sing their way into manhood.

A Tribe Called Uncanny Presents: Last Minute Tonight

Last Minute TONIGHT! is a late-early evening variety show hosted by A Tribe Called UNCANNY. Opening monologues and correspondents will tackle last minute and past its prime news on fuckery, true crime, unsolicited thots, gossip and more. Peppered with guest … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

pH Comedy and The Annoyance Present: College Night

pH Comedy and The Annoyance team up to bring you a night of amazing college improv!

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

Y2Gay: Coming of Age at the End of the World

Set at the edge of the new millennium, Y2Gay is a high school comedy for the 90’s kid in all of us. The most popular girl at Jonathan Taylor Thomas High, Rude Betsy, rules the school with an iron fist. … Continue reading Comedy Shows

A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up Show

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows

True Grits

True Grits is a solo show about women in the south. It is “Steel Magnolias” meets “Designing Women.” Lauren Lonergan grew up all over the south. She is related to Margaret Mitchell (who wrote “Gone With The Wind”), wore bonnets … Continue reading Comedy Shows

The Purim Shpiel

Hear ye hear ye! We are fast approaching one of Judaism’s wildest and wackiest holidays, Purim! Join Metro Chicago Hillel and improv teams from Columbia, Depaul, and UIC as they celebrate, laugh and compete to take home the top prize. … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Slumber Party

The women of Velma and Tuna invite you to a Slumber Party! There will be pajamas, secrets spilled, and lots of improv from the coolest (strangest, nerdiest) ladies at school! So get out your sleeping bag and get ready to … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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 Comedy Shows