Annoyance Theatre

Upcoming Events

Highstreet and Mook Present: Tomorrow Land
Runs Jan 03Jan 31, 2020
With a winking look at the future and two feet firmly planted in the present, Tomorrowland is not a show to be missed!
Baby Wine
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jul 12, 2019Mar 27, 2020

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 …

To Thine Own Self Be Shrew
Runs Jan 04Feb 15, 2020
We ask the audience for the title of an actual Shakespeare play, and the “director” gives their “directors note” to the audience on their “concept” for the show, and our one-act improvised Shakespeare play ensues!
Dick Wolf Improv
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 11Feb 15, 2020
Every Saturday Dick Wolf Improv brings you a completely improvised episode of, executive producer Dick Wolf’s, Law & Order after receiving a suggestion from the audience. If you like Law & Order then you’ll love Dick Wolf Improv.
A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up Show
Runs Jan 12, 2019Feb 29, 2020

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

Boyband: The Musical
Comedy, Musical
Runs Jan 04Feb 15, 2020
Follow the the all-female cast of Boyband: The Musical as members of super group, “Backwards Action,” recount the glory days & sing their way into manhood. 
Annoyance Open Mic
Comedy, Stand-Up
Runs Sep 21, 2019Jan 25, 2020
Come try your hand at standup or solo performance or simply come to watch! Hosted by Lilly Allison.
A Smashing Good Time
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 12Jan 26, 2020
Everyone has meaningful objects in their life, even ones we may not love. Come explore the objects that define us, the relationships that made us, and the explosive power of catharsis.
Scotch & TV Dinner
Runs Dec 29, 2019Jan 26, 2020
Join the cast of Scotch and TV Dinner as, through the magic of sketch comedy, they take you back to the 1950s.
Improvised Dance Moms
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 19Feb 23, 2020
Each night, the cast improvises a never-seen-before episode of the hit show Dance Moms!
By Land, By Air, By Wiig
Runs Jan 20Feb 03, 2020
By Land, By Air, By Wiig is show is all about travel, transportation, globalization, and the Earth upon which we trot. What a hoot! And only $8 to boot!

Written and Performed by Eric Wiig
Directed by Ali Barthwell

CatDog, Improvised
Jan 27, 2020
CatDog, Improvised is an twoprov parody of the Nickelodeon cartoon CatDog with KJ Snyder and Tommy Spears as CatDog! The show includes two improvised episodes and features new opening acts and solo performer between the episodes each week.
Code Grey
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 21Feb 04, 2020
Code Grey is what happens when an audience suggestion is used to create a hospital’s world of sexy love triangles, rare diseases, and power plays.
Hot Clown Sex
Runs Jan 07Jan 28, 2020
HCS features a talented ensemble of over-sexed clowns as well as hot new guest performers each week.
Great Movie Sketch Ride/San Fran Drescher
Runs Jan 21Feb 04, 2020
San Fran Drescher is two amazing sketch shows in one, written by and starring: Jen Connor, Danny Leonard, Richard Pizzaro and Ross Taylor.
Let’s Be Blunt
Comedy, Music
Runs Jan 15Mar 04, 2020
“Let’s Be Blunt” is a comedy rock show about weed. Sketch comedy director Duke Harbison and punk rock band “IM SORRY” bring you a medical grade performance like no other.
Improv at The Annoyance: The Cowboy Hour
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 15Feb 12, 2020
This right here is the rootinest, tootinest, wildest show in all of Chicago! Action! Campfires! Cows! The Cowboy Hour is anything and everything cowboy, all entirely improvised. Come watch as Improvisers explore various made up towns out west, all based off your recommendations and ideas!
MINt: Music Improv Night
Runs Nov 07, 2019Jan 30, 2020
M.I.Nt. is a beautifully supportive night of music improv comedy.
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 10, 2019Apr 30, 2020

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 …

Food Becomes Her
Runs Jan 31Mar 06, 2020
In an alternate-future where the government has subsidized food production and the population has been assigned to regulated sectors a wide-eyed teen dreams of going to college and falling in love.
Fresh Draft – Improv
Comedy, Improv
Runs Feb 04Feb 18, 2020
A fresh (improvised) take on a different classic screenplay every show! Bring your best sound effects.
Local Woman
Runs Feb 10Mar 02, 2020
Local Woman is a solo show told by a semi-reliable narrator, sharing how one celebratory trolley ride turned into a real ‘crawl out of your own ass’ moment for one unsuspecting spinster.
The Hunking-Evans Middle School Valentine’s Day Pageant
Feb 11, 2020
Join the students, faculty and community members alike of The Hunking-Evans Middle School as they celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with a properly themed pageant. There will be acts and performances from a variety of performers including sketches, dancing, music and more!
You Compete Me
Runs Feb 11Mar 10, 2020
You Compete Me is a varied bundle of sketch, music, and physical comedy crafted to show that even when we’re fighting, we’re still on the same team.
Change it Later
Runs Feb 18Mar 17, 2020
Working Tight Hole productions presents Change it Later – an original, choose your own adventure, one act play that we create each week, based on feedback from YOU, the audience. After every show, you tell us exactly what you want to see next week, and your wish is our command!
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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