Annoyance Theatre

Upcoming Events

The Hanleys
Runs Jun 23Jul 21, 2019
The Hanleys are a typical American sitcom family that always seems to find themselves in not-so-typical situations.
Matt Damon Improv
Comedy, Improv
Runs Jul 07Aug 25, 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) …

Missed Call
Runs Jul 07Aug 11, 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 …

Double Feature: “You Piece of Sh!#, You Were Always Like A Brother to Me” & “Ryan Kappmeyer Is Not A Cop”
Runs Jul 15Jul 29, 2019
This show is a wildfire, a conversion of realms, a celebration of the fertility in us all. They’ll say “THIS IS MADNESS” to which we reply “This is: You piece of shit, you were always like a brother to me” and “Ryan Kappmeyer is not a cop”
Student Jam
Runs Jul 08Dec 23, 2019

A night for Annoyance students to JAM!

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 …

Palatable Twins
Improv, Variety
Runs Jul 02Jul 30, 2019

Palatable Twins is a comedic experience, a wormhole of delight., and an unauthorized trip into our shared consciousness. A night of comedic and artistic variety, each show caps …

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, …

Welcome to the NRA
Comedy, Musical
Runs Jun 12Jul 31, 2019

“Welcome to the NRA: A Musical ‘Bout Guns” traces the Association from their post-Civil War beginnings to their polarizing influence in today’s society. One man learns just how …

Trigger Happy
Runs Jul 10Jul 31, 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.


I Wanna Believe! An X-Files Parody Musical
Comedy, Musical
Runs Apr 25Jul 25, 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 …

Ratas de Dos Patas
Comedy, Variety
Runs Jul 11Aug 01, 2019

“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 …

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 …

Messing with Mason
Jul 25, 2019

Susan Messing is back for a special show with Rachael Mason!

Messing With a Friend features Susan Messing, and other invited talented and funny improvisers from around Chicago, from …

Christmas in July
Runs Jul 12Jul 26, 2019

Three dynamic friends enter a graveyard trying to summon a spirit, the devil, literally anyone except… Santa Claus.. Put out your tree, hang your lights and join us …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jul 12Oct 25, 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 …

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 …

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 …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jan 11Aug 30, 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 11Oct 25, 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 …

True Crimes
Runs Jul 06Aug 17, 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. …

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.

Shark Tank: The Musical
Comedy, Musical
Runs Jun 22Aug 10, 2019

Ever watch the tv show Shark Tank and think “That show would make a great musical!”  Well, your friends at The Annoyance did.   A great cast of Annoyance regulars play …

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!!!

Burlesque is More
Comedy, Variety
Runs Mar 09Sep 14, 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 …

Comedy, Improv
Runs Jun 01Aug 31, 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 …

Cigarette Sandwich
Comedy, Variety
Runs May 04Aug 31, 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 …

Runs Aug 02Aug 23, 2019

Hacks is an exaggerated version of Maeve Devitt and Kimberly Florian’s friendship. Through sketches and music, Hacks tackles issues we face every day as women, women in comedy, …

We Took Edibles an Hour Ago
Runs Aug 09Aug 30, 2019

We Took Edibles an Hour Ago is an improvised, THC induced thrill ride featuring Tommy Karner and
Matt Castellvi. Each week, the cast and a guest improvisor, after taking …

The Audition
Runs Aug 12Aug 26, 2019

This is it. The dream audition every actor wants… a one man show! Can Damon deliver on the sides he was tasked to prepare for? Is he worthy …

True Grits
Runs Aug 26Sep 09, 2019

True Grits is a solo show about southern women. It is “Steel Magnolias” meets “Designing Women.”
Lauren Lonergan grew up all over the south. She is related to Margaret …

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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