Annoyance Theatre

Upcoming Events

Teen Cudi
Black Boy Joy
Runs Dec 05, 2018Jan 30, 2019

Black kids rarely get to have fun. They’re too busy stumbling upon dead bodies in John Singleton films, being the snarky mentee for single white leads in romantic …

Chuckle F*ckers
Runs Jan 16Feb 27, 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.


Boston Baked Queens
Runs Jan 17Feb 07, 2019

The friendliest Boston-bred broads you know are titillated to present their first wild ass sketch show. The five female forces of Spliff Improv are doing the absolute most …

Boyband: The Musical
Comedy, Musical
Runs Jan 17Mar 07, 2019

It’s not always easy being part of the sexiest, most talented boyband to ever exist. Follow the all-female cast of Boyband the Musical as super group, “Backwards Action,” …

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 …

pH Comedy and The Annoyance Present:
College Night
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 17Feb 28, 2019

pH Comedy and The Annoyance team up to bring you a night of amazing college improv!

Bite Size Broadway 2.0
Comedy, Musical
Runs Jan 11Feb 22, 2019

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 …

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 …

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 11Apr 26, 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 11Mar 29, 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 …

We’re Sensitive!
Runs Jan 12Jan 26, 2019

David Tarantino and Lily Ebbott-Burg are your awkward little brother’s two sweetest, strangest friends, and they wrote sketch show. Directed by Chuck Norment, your jock older brother’s smartest, …

Fire & Beer
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 12Mar 30, 2019

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

Y2Gay: Coming of Age at the End of the World
Comedy, Musical
Runs Jan 19Feb 16, 2019

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 …

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 12Mar 30, 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, Dance, Performance Art
Runs Jan 12Feb 16, 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 12Mar 23, 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 …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 12Mar 30, 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 …

Andy & Alosha Present: Super Interesting Stuff!
Runs Jan 13Jan 27, 2019

CALL THE COPS! Then call your parents, because this type of comedy is illegal, and you haven’t called your momma back for a week now. VH1’s Andy Rowell …

Scenes From an Italian Spaceship
Comedy, Musical
Runs Jan 20Feb 24, 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 …

Come Together
Runs Jan 13Jan 27, 2019

Come Together is a comedic peek inside a homo-interracial relationship.

Matt Damon Improv
Comedy, Improv
Runs Oct 14, 2018Sep 08, 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) …

Runs Jan 07Jan 21, 2019

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 …

MINt: Music Improv Night
Runs Dec 11, 2018Mar 26, 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 …

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 …

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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