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!

Double Feature: Big Boy / Jon Matteson: A Solo Show by Jon Matteson​

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 Comedy Shows

Prime Day! An Amazonian Musical

NOW EXTENDED THROUGH 4/29! 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 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

Barely Standing

Jeanette Cerami is a totally normal, totally healthy adult, who happens to have anxiety like…all the time. Join her on a journey inside her brain, where she works hard not to take life lying down. Jeanette is BARELY STANDING, but … Continue reading Comedy Shows

My Cosmic Blowout

EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 30TH “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 … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Student Jam

A night for Annoyance students to JAM! NO JAM ON 1/1/2018

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 Comedy Shows

Ratas de Dos Patas

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 Comedy Shows

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.

Super Human

These Humans are SUPER FUNNY! Come watch this group of seasoned pros take the stage for a night of extreme comedy.

War Kids

“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 Comedy Shows

Joking Off

Show your support for the ACLU, and join Huggable Riot for a night of joking off.

The SFN Stuff Show

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 Comedy Shows


“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.”

Trigger Happy Improv

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 Comedy Shows

Bicycle Day

BICYCLE DAY is a dramatic adaptation of the events of April 19, 1943: the day that Dr. Albert Hoffman dosed himself LSD and went on the first documented acid trip. As it was wartime and gasoline was scarce, Hoffman rode … Continue reading Comedy Shows


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

Improvised Jane Austen

Each week the Chicago Reader Recommended, PerformInk’s Critics’ Pick, Improvised Jane Austen will take an audience suggestion to create a full length tale in the style of the beloved 19th century author. You’ll be properly introduced to headstrong heroines, meddling mothers, … Continue reading Comedy Shows

pH Comedy and The Annoyance Present: College Night

WINTER BREAK! Be back on 1/11/2018!   pH Comedy and The Annoyance team up to bring you a night of amazing college improv!

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


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

Shark Tank: The Musical
(a parody)

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 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


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 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

Striking Out (A Gay Baseball Musical)

PREVIEWS 4/14 AND 4/21! The Chicago Otters are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine suffered a season ending injury. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open … 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

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 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


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 Comedy Shows

Teacher of the Year

Five teachers from Nelson High School suddenly become four when their shitty coworker Derek is mysteriously murdered at the annual teacher convention. The remaining teachers must use their classroom skills to solve clues left by the killer. Grab your three-ring … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Huggable Riot: Honesty is the Best Fallacy

MAY 30TH SHOW IS AT 9:30PM This hour-long, original sketch revue explores the idea of finding and expressing truth, worts and all.From the far-reaching and political to the deeply personal, these characters proclaim their truth loudly. Boldly. Through a microphone. … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Poster Boys

Poster Boys is a two person improvised show where Robert Bacon and Collin Dahlgren take multiple suggestions from post-it notes that are filled out by the audience before the show. Suggestions can be anything and everything. Words, phrases, drawings. Dirty … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Freshman Year of Life

Wonderful Fiasco

Wonderful Fiasco is a new solo sketch comedy show by Ben Larrison. The show explores conspiracy theories, selective truths, family, the future, and also some other neat stuff. It’s smart, silly, dark, and absurd, and we hope you like it … Continue reading Comedy Shows