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!

I Hate Stacey

I Hate Stacey: A Solo Show by Maria Konopken is about battling your depression, anxiety, and the inner voice that tells you aren’t enough. Everyone has that voice…mine just happens to be named Stacey.

Man-Y-Faces

Trapped in an ancient slime put, our hero Man-Y-Faces must reveal his true identity buried beneath a pile of weirdos that live within his mind, in order to free himself. Is he a star-crossed idiot, a petty cat burglar, a … 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

The Forgotten

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

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

Angela of Death

“Angela of Death” is a dark musical comedy revolving around hapless teenager, Angela Ostrowski. As her high school career comes to an end, Angela’s reputation is marred by the sudden, inexplicable deaths of her exes. Rumors begin to swirl and … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Worlds Worst Witch

On Samhain October 31st in year 666 Ireland is full of myths and magic… and witches! A young woman named Biddy thinks she is “The World’s Worst Witch.” With the help of her ghost father and Magic Creatures from Ireland … 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.

Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery

After getting a single suggestion, the cast of six professional comedians also ask the audience to choose a detective. Enjoy as they invent a tale of crime, secrets and scandals right before your eyes The performers will keep track of … Continue reading Comedy Shows

What Could Have Been

Audrey, Shawn, and Ryan all live in the same universe. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they believe there aren’t alternate universes out there where their lives our very different. What Could Have Been explores the idea of what their lives … 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Improvised Twilight Zone

No sexy vampires here! Just twists, twists, twists, and one more twists. Each week the ITZ spins three, never-before-seen episodes of Rod Serling’s: the Twilight Zone, from your suggestions.

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

Splatter Theater

BONUS HALLOWEEN SHOW 10/31 AT 8PM A parody of Friday the 13th-type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theatre” include such archetypes as the nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Poessession!

An improvised play based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Presented by Edgar Allen PoeProv.

A Wet Dream on Elm Street: The Musical

When a group of misfit friends goes out to Boystown, they find themselves facing off with Teddy Krueger, the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street’s sadder, sexier younger brother. As each friend drifts into the dreamworld they must come to terms … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Haunted House

Down, down, down into a spooky cave at the bottom of a lake is a Haunted House! Inside this creepy cave many terrifying (and not so terrifying) characters pass their time haunting the audience and being haunted! Written and performed … Continue reading Comedy Shows

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

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

Ratas de Dos Patas: Dia de los Muertos

Ratas de Dos Patas presents a special edition Dia de los Muertos class! That’s right, in celebration of the Latin American holiday, Day of the Dead, Maestras(teachers) Chingona, Chirota, Chismosa and Picante will be gathering to honor loved ones that … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Live Nude Men!

Night Out in the Suburbs

On a quiet night in the sleepy suburbs of Port Jefferson, Long Island, five young cops share in an experience that forces them to face the harsh truths of friendship, love, and growing up. Night Out in the Suburbs is … Continue reading Comedy Shows

The Real Housewives of Improv

EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER BY POPULAR DEMAND! 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 … Continue reading Comedy Shows

Doing Our Moms

Doing Our Moms is back for a one-night-only Thanksgiving edition at The Annoyance! Hosted as always by Judy Anderson (as played by her daughter, comedian Emily Anderson), the show will feature a lineup of Chicago comedians who each perform a … 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

Adira

Adira tells the story of one princess living in a kingdom under a terrible curse. Adira must journey alone to save her family and her home before douchebags and trolls win! And maybe learn a little something on the way. … Continue reading Comedy Shows

WT Guide to Corporate America

Best selling author and self help guru, Greg Lovelace, is bringing his award winning seminar to Chicago. Using his own life’s journey, Greg has been teaching people the ins and outs of finding success in the corporate sector for close … 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

Bite Size Broadway

It’s Christmas Goddammit!

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

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

Ryan and Eddie Christmas

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

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