Annoyance Theatre

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A Tribe Called Uncanny Presents: Last Minute Tonight
Comedy, Variety
Runs Feb 21Mar 21, 2019

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 …

The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham’s Magical, Miracle, Sure-Cure For All Female Weaknesses
Runs Mar 21Apr 18, 2019

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 …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 10Mar 28, 2019

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 …

The Oddball Social Club
Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 08May 10, 2019

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 …

True Crimes
Comedy, Improv
Runs Feb 08Mar 22, 2019

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. …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 11Mar 29, 2019

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 …

Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera
Comedy, Variety
Runs Mar 08May 10, 2019

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 …

Baby Wine
Runs Jan 11Mar 29, 2019

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 …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 11May 31, 2019

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, …

The Holy F**k Comedy Hour
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 11May 31, 2019

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 …

Fire & Beer
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 12May 25, 2019

Cast members include Emily Anderson, Keegan Hill, Kevin Horst, Brooke Montoya, Wolfgang Stein, James Tierney, Trey Hanks, Jessica Lauren Scott, and Kayla Pulley.

Matt Damon Improv
Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 16May 11, 2019

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) …

A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up Show
Runs Jan 12Sep 07, 2019

A 1 hr li’l Stand-Up Comedy Showcase hosted by Lill Allison at The Annoyance in the li’l theater!!!

Annoyance Open Mic
Comedy, Improv, Music
Runs Jan 12Jun 29, 2019

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.


Burlesque is More
Comedy, Variety
Runs Mar 09Jun 01, 2019

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 …

Cigarette Sandwich
Runs Jan 12Apr 27, 2019

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 …

Dr. Oppenheimer Whoops the Devil’s Ass: The Story of the Manhattan Project
Comedy, Musical
Runs Mar 03Apr 07, 2019

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer has got one goal: To give Satan himself the ass-beating of a life time. Learn the secret truth behind the invention of the atomic …

Comedy, Improv, Variety
Runs Mar 17Apr 21, 2019

Every week a new planet, every week a new show! Comedy! Sketch! Variety!

Missed Call
Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 17May 12, 2019

We’re terrible at answering our phones so we get a lot of voicemails. To start the show we’re going to listen to one of our voicemails with the …

Slumber Party
Comedy, Improv, Stand-Up, Variety
Runs Mar 17Mar 31, 2019

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 …

Runs Mar 11Mar 25, 2019

Joe Hirte is stepping out from behind the bar and into the spotlight. A finely crafted cocktail of outlandish characters and sketches, don’t miss last call for this …

True Grits
Runs Mar 11Mar 25, 2019

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 …

MINt: Music Improv Night
Runs Dec 11, 2018Jul 30, 2019

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 …

The Customer is Always Right?
Comedy, Improv
Runs Feb 19Apr 02, 2019

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 …

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Chicago
Staged Reading
Runs Sep 18, 2018Apr 30, 2019

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 …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 19Jul 30, 2019

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, …

Club Asia Presents:
Club Asia Presents: Da CLUBHAUS
Runs Feb 27Apr 03, 2019


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 …

Chuckle F*ckers
Comedy, Improv, Variety
Runs Mar 13Jul 31, 2019

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.


Scenes From an Italian Spaceship
Comedy, Musical
Runs Mar 30May 11, 2019

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 …

Dick Wolf Improv
Runs Feb 06Apr 24, 2019

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 …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 12May 25, 2019

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 …

The Mayor of Schaumburg
Runs Apr 08Apr 22, 2019

There’s a new Mayor in town, and she’s ready to show her true colors! Mayor of Schaumburg combines all of the gloriousness that is your favorite Chicago Northwest suburb, …

Trigger Happy
Comedy, Improv
Runs Apr 10May 29, 2019

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 …

851 W Belmont
Chicago IL 60657
The Annoyance, founded in 1987, has created over 100 shows spanning improvisation, sketch, one-act and full-length plays, cabaret and burlesque reviews and original musicals. Hundreds of people have been a part of The Annoyance, many of whom can currently be seen on local and national stages, television and in feature films. Also, we have a bar.
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