Annoyance Theatre

Upcoming Events

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Chicago
Staged Reading
Runs Sep 18, 2018Oct 01, 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, …

The Slather and Gibbs Show
Runs May 15Jun 05, 2019

Come witness America’s most rambunctious and unpredictable late-night talk show hosts run amok on “live” television as their producer, Mr. Gilbert, scrambles to keep the show together. Described …

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 …

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.


WedneSLAY: Lip Sync Extravaganza
Comedy, Improv, Musical
Runs May 15May 29, 2019

You can’t stop the sync, at this raucous variety/competition show featuring some of Chicago’s most exciting queens, comics, goons, loons and everything in between! Every week a slate …

I Wanna Believe! An X-Files Parody Musical
Comedy, Musical
Runs Apr 25Jun 13, 2019

Agents Mulder and Scully are on the case! As a deadly dancing epidemic spreads among suburbanites Mulder and Scully are forced to confront their feelings for each other …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 10Oct 03, 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 …

Huggable Riot Presents: Grin and Share It
Comedy, Stand-Up, Variety
May 23, 2019

For Mental Health Month, Huggable Riot is pleased to bring a collection of some of our most meaningful work to Annoyance Theatre & Bar. Featuring archival sketches from …

Comedy, Improv
Runs May 03May 31, 2019

Generals is improv duo Antoine McKay (Empire, Patriot, Sense8) and Christy Bonstell (Shameless, Chicago Med, APB). Each week they host one performer from the acting world (Steppenwolf, Goodman, …

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, …

Steamworks: The Musical
Comedy, Musical
Runs May 17Aug 09, 2019

The Annoyance Theatre is proud to bring back the summertime hit, “Steamworks: The Musical” with updated songs and additional characters for a modern view of its campy, comedy …

Nuggets (Short Form Improv)
Comedy, Improv
Runs May 17Jul 05, 2019
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 …

Dick Wolf Improv
Comedy, Improv
Runs May 18Aug 03, 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 …

Silly Point Is Trouble
Comedy, Improv
Runs May 25Jun 29, 2019

Every week, some of Chicago’s biggest Troublemakers will dive with us into the deep end of what makes them a problem for others and themselves. Havoc will be …

Fire & Beer
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 12Oct 26, 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 May 18Jun 15, 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
Comedy, Variety
Runs May 04May 25, 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 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 …

Space Scum
Comedy, Musical
Runs Apr 28Jun 02, 2019

Humans. Robots. Tentacle aliens. And one LIZARD MAN. This ragtag crew of space cleaners sail around the stars to dispose of the junk left behind. It’s all part …

Runs May 26Jun 09, 2019

Cameron Mahai is a chameleon. Not in a charismatic way, he’s just anxious, has crazy eyes, and can shoot his tongue out of his face at 60 miles …

Missed Call
Comedy, Improv
Runs Mar 17Jun 23, 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 …

The Calmest Person You Know
Runs May 19May 26, 2019

Jared Chapman is the calmest person you know. Or Is he? Come find out thru a series of characters, stories and whatever else to learn about if Jared …

Having It All
Comedy, Improv
Runs May 07May 28, 2019

Having It All is a show by womxn for everyone. Each show will focus on a new unladylike theme. Storytellers will speak on this theme and then improvisers …

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 Real Housewives of Improv
Comedy, Improv
May 30, 2019

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 …

The Mayor of Schaumburg
Jun 03, 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 …

My Body is Perfect
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jun 03Jun 17, 2019
This variety show helps explore why our bodies are perfect, despite what we tell ourselves, body positivity, and celebrate the journey both inside and out.
The Customer is Always Right?
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jun 07Jun 28, 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 …

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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