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!

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. Hosted by Kendra Jamaica and JP Fry.

Battle-Axe

Battle-Axe is a hilarious cutting edge sketch show brought to you by a rotating cast of the most domineering, fierce and opinionated female comedians in the city. The revue features hard hitting sketches, sultry songs and high energy improv sets. … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Bite Size Broadway (Thursdays 8pm)

PLAYS THURSDAYS AT 8pm AND SATURDAYS AT 9pm Ruth Lloyd Webber (no relation) has been struggling for thirty years to throw her hat in the actor’s ring. Without a single acting credit to her infamous (no relation) name, Webber wrote … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Ruth and Ellaine Present: The Night Before

It’s 2019 and the night before Ruth & Ellaine finally accomplish their lifelong dream; playing Madison Square Garden! You’re invited to share this special evening with the now rich and famous duo while they relive old memories, share their favorite … 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

The Annoyance Holiday Variety Hour

Oh there’s no place like The Annoyance for the holidays. Come celebrate, commiserate, and copulate with performers from some of your favorite Annoyance shows. We’ll share our favorite holiday songs and stories and maybe even show off some of that … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Life’s a BITch!

We’ve taken real life situations and turned them into outrageous sketches. Sometimes you just can’t write this stuff. Real situations. Ridiculous sketch. Relatable scenarios.

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

It’s Christmas, Goddamnit!

This year’s annual Christmas celebration at the James’ home has a macabre twist. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he’s been dilly-dallying with the next door neighbor. Now, throw in the accidental murder of … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Hitch*Cocktails

CLICK HERE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW 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 … 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

Live Nude Men! (A Comedy Show)

Terre Haute, Indiana, 1976: A weary group of small town male strippers perform for the townsfolk at the BICEPtennial despite an attempt be shut down by the church and state! CAUTION: Extremely sexy dancing and LIVE NUDE MEN (kinda). Come … 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

The Annoyance Christmas Pageant (Evening)

The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while … Continue reading Comedy Shows

The Customer is Always Right: Holiday Edition

The Customer is Always Right? Holiday Edition is a hilarious improv show that let’s the audience take a peek into the service industry and all of the pain that comes with it. Watch as performers recant tales of horror from … 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

Josie & Tori Are Old

Josie and Tori have lived on this planet long enough to know what they like and what they like is comedy done right. Come see Chicago’s best performers do it the rightest of all featuring THE Devin Middleton, Alex Collyard, … 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

Burlesque is More: Nice N’ Naughty

The ladies of the Annoyance are back again in a holiday version of the show that’s the perfect mix of silly and sexy, Burlesque is More: Nice N’ Naughty! Combining neo-burlesque dancing with comedic monologues and improv, Burlesque is More … 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

The Annoyance Christmas Pageant (Matinee)

The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Christmas with the Christians

Join sibling duo Chastity and Jeremiah Christian as they explore the ins and outs of this beloved holiday season. They’ll invite guests from all walks of life (elves, snowmen, famous celebrities!) to celebrate their favorite parts of this time of … 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

Holiday Cheers with Brotherhusbands

Brotherhusbands is an improv team made up of five friends who make weird look lovely. This show is a tiny and sweet variety hour, with both improv and live music. Together we’ll enjoy a fresh set of opening acts, followed … 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 guests. The headlining performance, “Las Ratas”, is composed of 4 spicy Latinas who perform bilingual sketch and improv. At the … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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

Super Human

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 Comedy Shows

Teen Cudi Presents: Black Boy Joy

NO SHOW 1/2 and 1/9 Black kids rarely get to have fun. They’re too busy stumbling upon dead bodies in John Singleton films, or being the snarky mentee for single white leads in romantic comedies, or being the one diverse … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Huggable Riot Presents: NoeL-O-L

Huggable Riot is ready to deck the halls with snark and satire when its fourth annual holiday show, Noel-O-L, opens at The Annoyance Theater and Bar on Wednesday, November 28. The 21st revue for the theater company continues the Huggable … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Bite Size Broadway (Saturdays 9pm)

PLAYS SATURDAYS AT 9pm AND THURSDAYS AT 8pm Ruth Lloyd Webber (no relation) has been struggling for thirty years to throw her hat in the actor’s ring. Without a single acting credit to her infamous (no relation) name, Webber wrote … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Prolonged Eye Contact

Prolonged Eye Contact is a an interactive solo show by comedian Kristen Studard about the search for love, connection, and approval by one performer with one audience. Kristen would like to be loved by you, monogamously. (She’s a one-audience type … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Hitch*Cocktails: New Year’s Eve

The special New Year’s Eve event begins on 12/31 with doors opening at 8pm and the performance beginning at 10pm on The Annoyance Theatre’s Mainstage, 851 W Belmont. Tickets for the evening’s event are $50 and include a ticket to … Continue reading Comedy Shows

CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR’S BREAK

THE ANNOYANCE IS CLOSED JANUARY 1-3!

An Actor Prepares: New Year, New Me

George Elrod prepares for the greatest role of his life… playing himself. A solo show featuring Chicago comedian, George Elrod, as he performers original characters that are as much a part of him as he is a part of them … 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

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9- Chicago

NO SHOW DECEMBER 18TH AND DECEMBER 25TH 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 … Continue reading Comedy Shows