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Our Live-Stream show from 3/28/2020....

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A pre-taped archive version of the Quaranteam's show,

"Out of Touch

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Our Intro video

The Director

Mick Napier

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. 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.
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) is widely regarded as a seminal work on the subject of Improvisation. His second book “Behind the Scenes: Improvising Long Form“, was published in 2016.

The Music Director, Pianist, Composer (remote)

Lisa, a long time Annoyance Theater Ensemble Member, has composed many original musicals for them (Shark Tank, the Musical, Forty Whacks, The Dead Boy Scout Musical, The Raven and The Messenger and President Bush is a Great Man, among others.) She has also worked as a Music Director at The Second City in Chicago for many years and toured with The Second City National Touring Company.  She was MD for sit-down runs at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Rochester’s GEVA Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Barbados Holder's Festival and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. Lisa was Music Director/Keyboardist for the Off-Bway Production of Wildmen! (starring George Wendt) at the West Side Arts Theater.. She plays  jazz and blues in the Chicago area and is also Music Director/Keyboardist for The Rolling Clones, a band dedicated to the music of the greatest rock band in all of history.

The Cast

Jared Chapman

Born in Atlanta, Georgia. Jared Chapman performs comedy around Chicago and enjoys making you laugh. Loves to create content that is random and non-discriminatory. This could be in the form of improv, sketch or stand-up. He performs with his Harold team Parasite, Paramind, Independent Team Flex, and CIC house team Fair Dinkum. You can see him performing solo work and stand-up throught the city. Hopefully he can be the next Blankman or Meteor Man. Not single. Graduated College. Love's dogs and is learning how to program. Go to thejaredchapman.com  to see why he  is truly "The Calmest Person You Know". 
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UPDATE: Jared was unable to join the team as he was concerned that he was exposed to someone who might have the virus.

Jason Folks

Jason Earl Folks is an actor, improviser, and stand up comedian, His style has been described as that of a street side preacher, one who seems to be making no sense and yet you somehow still agree with him. Jason is not going to be ok, and he is here to teach you from the beatings he has received on the road of life. He is Jason Earl Folks, and you should be too.

Hannah Ingle

Originally from Missouri, Hannah has been living and performing in Chicago since 2014. Hannah started at the Annoyance as a humble server, and quickly fell in love with the building and people in it and started performing in productions regularly. You can catch Hannah performing comedy all around the city with her musical comedy duo Ruth and Elaine (@RuthandElaine), and as an understudy for the Second City Touring Company. Hannah would like to thank her family and friends for their ongoing love and support, and David for always reminding her to dream big. Besides all that - Hannah can’t wait to see if she loses her mind during this lock-in, and figure out if she’ll be able to pay her rent this month!

Ashley Leisten

Ashley Leisten is a comic, solo sketch performer, writer, & improviser from Keller, Texas. Leisten is a graduate of Second City's Comedy Studies Program, Conservatory Program, Severn Darden Graduate House Co. Program, and the Annoyance Improv program. 

Leisten's stand-up performances & one-woman comedy have been featured at Out of Bounds Comedy Fest (Austin,TX), BIG Fire Fest (Los Angeles), Bentwood Comedy Festival (Chicago, IL), & Austin Sketch Fest (Austin, TX). Leisten's the producer of metal comedy show, Mosh Pit, and  her first self-directed & composed drag-comedy musical, "Boyband: The Musical," is set to begin its third run on The Annoyance's Mainstage. She can be seen performing at stand up shows around Chicago. She would like to thank her partner, family, and cat for their love and support.

Phylicia McLeod

Phylicia McLeod is an improviser & writer based in Chicago, IL. Her parents moved to the US and thought Muskego, Wisconsin was a great idea... No matter how hard she tries she will never be as funny as her Nana Thompson. Watch her try @Phy_Phy on Twitter.  Watch her love @FanofthefireAR1

Jordan Wilson

Jordan Wilson is a comedian, musician, writer and director locally grown just outside of Chicago. Jordan graduated from Colorado College where he studied music and film – winning Best Film in the Colorado College Film Festival. Jordan cut his teeth in the Chicago comedy scene writing and performing at iO, Annoyance and Second City.  He appeared in Second City’s Twist Your Dickens at The Goodman Theater. Jordan is very proud to have a home at The Annoyance Theatre where he performs weekly in their house improv team Trigger Happy and where he also regularly authors and performs original musicals and plays.  Jordan also performs all over the country with his music comedy group “The Garden Boys” (https://www.gardenboyscomedy.com/).  Jordan is excited to one day get a pug and name it a human person name like “Megan” or “Rachel.” @jordanfreakingwilson

The Crew

Jennifer Estlin

Jennifer is Executive Producer of The Annoyance and has been involved in theatre and production since 1986 as both an actress and producer. She spent several years working in many of Chicago’s theatres including The Annoyance, Northlight, The Body Politic and toured for two years with Second City’s National Touring company and was a company member on two Second City resident stages. In NY, she continued her career by working film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theatres around the country. She returned to Chicago in 2002 to become President, Executive Producer and co-owner of the Annoyance Theatre, and continues to work on film, television and stage. Credits include  Law and Order, Empire, Chicago PD, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Exit 57, Volcano, and director Jennifer Reeder’s Sundance festival short film “A Million Miles Away”, as well as the same director’s short “Blood Below the Skin”.

Duke Harbison

Originally from Slidell, Louisiana, Duke found his way to The Annoyance circa 2010. Since then he’s been a Student, Intern, Actor, Director, Tech person, Tech Director, Stage Carpenter, Teacher, Bartender, Manager, Accountant, General Contractor, Custodian, and Associate Director (All titles still held). Duke normally finds himself on the directing side of processes and most recent directing credits include Shitfyre: The Musical, Let’s be Blunt, and Sharktank: The musical. He enjoys: The Musicals...and would like to thank the Annoyance Theatre, Jennifer Estlin, and Mick Napier for the opportunity to create something in this time of social distancing.