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!

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

Danger Time

PREVIEW AUGUST 7TH Have you ever wondered what makes James Bond so seductive? Why are modern cars SO focused on your family’s safety? And what happens if you fall off the end of the earth, because it’s obviously flat like … 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

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.

Huggable Riot: Take With a Grain of Fault

Huggable Riot’s 19th production, Take with a Grain of Fault explores relationships between the past and present, where we are headed, and what it all means in the end; and the result is a collective, “We don’t know, but had … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Ü and The Atomic Bomb

PREVIEW JULY 25TH Joe and the McCarthys are the creators of the modern day concept of comedy for the masses. Do not challenge this fact. Or the knowledge that they are literal WMD’s of the comedy stage. Kablooey all you … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Problem Child

Problem Child is an experimental Annoyance style sketch show bound to you laugh, gasp, and cheer. Inspired by performance art, and movement theatre, this ensemble has created a dark-humored sketch revue like no other. So follow us as we take … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Blanket Fort

A show normally thrown in the middle of a blanket fort is taking a field trip over to The Annoyance Theater for a fun night of stand-up, improv, music, and more! Wear your comfiest pajamas and enjoy your night with … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Wasteland: A Night of Mandolin, Happiness and Others

“Wasteland: A Night of Mandolin, Happiness and Others” follows two post- apocalyptic marauders as they stumble into the workshop of inventor Sam Neville in the middle of the wasteland of near future Chicago, along with Sam’s masochistic Crash Test Dummy … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Teen Cudi Presents: Black Boy Joy

PREVIEWS TONIGHT 8/9! “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 kid in … 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

Double Feature: The Mole/DANKS

The Annoyance Double Feature is back with a vengence! This time the Double Feature includes amazing improv (The Mole) AND amazing sketch (DANKS). THE MOLE: Oh no! There’s a mole in our midst! Each week a new set of improvisers … 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


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

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


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

FREE Improv from Macaroni Madness

Enjoy a free improv show from the folks of Planet Do Over (Macaroni Madness)! Two fridays in a row these funny and worldly folks will put on a supremely funny improv show for you.

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 Aspiring Stepdads

See the improvised spectacle that has all the passion of a lonely man with an unconventional dream. “The Aspiring Stepdads” are pleased to be calling The Annoyance their home for a fun and rambunctious six week run. Let this all-star … 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


SHOW DESCRIPTION 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 … 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


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


“What a draaag drag shows can be. Come get rhinestoned! ”Rhinestoned” is a story told through live singing, dancing, and drag. The show gives a twist to the concept and layout of a drag show. “Rhinestoned” is a cohesive storyline … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Simon & Shooster

Simon & Shooster LOVE audiobooks! And they want you to love them too! Whether you’re cooking, working out at the gym, or on your commute, stop that garbage and get your butt to the Annoyance, where Simon & Shooster will … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Left Behind: The Rapture Musical (An R rated Parody)

PREVIEWS AUGUST 12th! Inspired by the best-selling series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this eschatological episode takes place in a freshly raptured town. The residents must lean on each other and form unlikely friendships (and romances) … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Matt Damon Improv

No show June 24th in celebration of the PRIDE Parade 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 … Continue reading Comedy Shows

The Family Robot Presents: Blood, Sweat & Prayers

Thoughts and prayers alone aren’t going to get us through this one, so join us for an hour of 100% cockeyed, certified, bona fide entertainment that’s musical, booze-ical, and millennial blues-ical.

Student Jam

NO SHOW MEMORIAL DAY MAY 28TH A night for Annoyance students to JAM!

Dunk in the Trunk

The high-energy, hip hop performing, sketch comedy trio ProDuNKtioN has created a new sketch show that is sure to wow the masses. The all-female comedy group IS MAD. They’ve got a lot to say, and they’re not afraid to say it. The show dives … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Cocktail Hour with Brotherhusbands.

Won’t you join us for a cocktail hour this evening? You are cordially invited to a fancy evening of drinks, socializing, music, comedy, and improv! Everybody likes to talk about themselves every once in a while, and we’re dying to … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Grease 3: Even Greasier

Grease is still the word.

Labor Day ~No Shows~

Hello it’s Labor Day, we have no shows! Go wear some white or don’t.

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9- Chicago

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 (teleplays, pilots, plays, … Continue reading Comedy Shows