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Quitting Contest
Comedy, Improv, Stand-Up
Runs Jul 18Jul 25, 2024
Bona fide supergroup Quitting Contest features the Mount Rushmore of Chicago improv including: Mark Raterman (Cook County Social Club); Beau Golwitzer (The Reckoning; Shotgun); Allison Ringhand (3Peat; Showtime’s Work in Progress); Mike Brunlieb (HBO’s South Side, Amazon’s Utopia); and Sue Gillan (NBC’s Shrink, Second City). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Best in Class comedy!
DUOS (Jen Estlin & Mick Napier)
Comedy, Improv, Magic, Stand-Up
Jul 25, 2024
Founder and visionary behind the acclaimed Annoyance Theatre, Mick Napier is known both nationally and internationally as an innovator and creative force in comedy, improvisation, and theater. His belief in the element of risk-taking that is at the core of improvisation influences his work and his direction, inspiring genuine creativity in any project with which he is involved.

With the Annoyance, Mick has spent more than 20 years developing and cultivating a style of work and production that has been both acclaimed and imitated. As a Director and Artistic Consultant for the internationally renowned Second City he made his mark having directed more than 10 revues there, including the 40th and 50th Anniversary revues, and Paradigm Lost, which earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award for direction. Mick has also directed such high profile actors and writers as Martin Short (Martin Short & Friends,) Jeff Garlin (I want Someone to Eat Cheese With,) and David & Amy Sedaris in their Obie Award Winning hit One Woman Shoe.

In film, Mick directed and edited Annoyance Productions’ first feature film Fatty Drives the Bus, which was released by Troma Pictures in November 1999. For television, he was writer/performance director for the Cable Ace nominated Exit 57, which aired on Comedy Central for two seasons, Creative Producer on the nationally syndicated sketch TV show The Sports Bar, and for HBO/Comedy Central, he directed the live pilot, T.B.A. His original animations have appeared on the cable programs Tame Show, and R-Rated, as well as in the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.

At The Annoyance, Mick has directed over 20 original productions. Notable ones include Coed Prison Sluts, the longest running musical in Chicago, Splatter Theater, an annual Halloween blood bath, The Tragedy of Balloon Boy, That Darn Antichrist, and more recently The Boy Scout Musical and Swear Jar.

As an Actor, Mick has appeared in the films Ice Harvest and Let’s Go to Prison, Watch, and Talent, and on television as a talent judge in the Canadian reality show Second to None, and in Shrink, a SeeSo television series.  The documentary Second to None chronicles Mick’s process of directing a show for The Second City.

Mick’s first book, “Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out” (Heinemann, 2004) reached its 10th printing, and is widely regarded as a seminal work on the subject of Improvisation. It was re-issued with three additional chapters in 2016 under Meriwether Publishing. Meriwether published Mick’s second book “Behind the Scenes: Improvising Long Form“, in 2016, as well.Mick worked with many companies and organizations over the past 15 years in areas such as Communication, Collaboration, Innovation, Leadership, and Presentation.

Mick also enjoys a mentalist act with his partner and partner, Jennifer Estlin; they go by the name Napier and Estlin.

Jennifer Estlin has been involved in the entertainment business as an actress and producer since 1986. Following her graduation from Northwestern University’s School of Speech in 1987, she traveled to Edinburgh Scotland with the production of André Gregory’s Alice! directed by David Schwimmer. Afterward, she spent three months traveling Europe until deciding to settle in Paris, where she earned her living singing on the Parisian Metro. Upon returning to Chicago, Jennifer spent several years working in many of Chicago’s theatres including The Annoyance, Northlight, and The Body Politic. She toured for two years with Second City’s National Touring company and was a company member on a Second City resident stage prior to moving to New York in 1994. There, she continued her career by working in regional theatres around the country, Off-Broadway theatre, film, and television. She returned to Chicago in 2002 to become President, Executive Producer and owner of the Annoyance Theatre, and continues to work on film, television and stage. Jennifer has appeared as recurring characters Judge Cohen on Proven Innocent  and Cathy Briscoe on NBC’s Law and Order, and also in shows such as  Chicago PD, Empire, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Exit 57,  and in several national and regional commercials. Her film credits include Volcano, The Eyes, and the award winning short films A Million Miles Away,(Sundance) and The Cure (Slamdance).

BLANK! The Musical
Improv, Musical, New Work
Runs Jun 29Aug 31, 2024
This unique show is completely improvised, with no script or book – just the performers on stage and suggestions from the audience. At BLANK! The Musical, you create your ideal Broadway production. Gather your friends, grab your smartphone, and share your ideas. Choose the title, write lyrics, select chord progressions, and then enjoy the live performance. Witness actors and musicians bring your musical to life instantly, featuring impressive singing, delightful dancing, and plenty of humor. Could your creation be the next Wicked, Les Miz, or Book of Mormon? The results are always entertaining!
Chicago Style
Comedy, Improv, Stand-Up
Runs Jul 19Aug 31, 2024
Get ready to experience “classic” improvisation that will leave you laughing long after the curtains close! Combining lightning-fast wit, razor-sharp skills, and boundless creativity, Chicago Style delivers a high-energy mix of uproarious scenes and quick-witted songs to leave you in stitches. Whether you’re a seasoned improv fan or a newcomer to the genre, Chicago Style is an unforgettable evening of spontaneous hilarity.
906 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
Live improv and sketch comedy performances on Thurs, Fri, and Sat! Plus a wide selection of classes including improv, storytelling, public speaking & more.