SHOWS AT THE ANNOYANCE
Annoyance Night Live with the Garden Boys
Chicago's hottest sketch group is back with a variety show so side-burstingly funny you'll leave asking "Saturday Night who?
DOPENESS: Black to the Future
You've seen their process show in the small theater. Now it's time to see where all that work lead. A visually stunning sketch comedy review featuring an all black cast of some of Chicago comedy's heaviest hitters.
This is the comedy event of the season. Don't miss it.
Chicago's longest running improv team, 1996 to present.
Unusual characters, high octane group work, and an ever-evolving form(and cast) make up that rare Chicago improv team that has stood the test of time.
Fire & Beer: The Annoyance House Ensemble
Enjoy an evening of off-the-cuff improv with some of the best emerging talent in the Chicago area. Fire & Beer is a fully improvised comedy show that explores the dark sides of life, relationships and human beings. The show features the Annoyance House Ensemble who excel at both long- and short-form improv. You can expect lots of laughs during this unpredictable improv show.
Fishbowl with Sight Unseen
Fishbowl hosted by Sight Unseen is a two act improv show. First, Annoyance students get a chance to enter their IDs into a fishbowl to be randomly selected to perform in an improv jam with veteran Annoyance teachers and performers. The night closes with a set from Sight Unseen - an Annoyance house team that prides itself on being equal parts heartwarming and offensive.
A storytelling variety show by comedians Zack & KiKi where we retell some of the most hilarious, heart-wrenching, heartfelt and hardly legal friendships stories with special guests, drinks, games and new artists every week! Grab your BFFS and join us as we share true stories that will definitely make or break this friendship!
Goodnight, Gladys brings to life the story of country music legend Gladys Goodnight and her meteoric rise and fall from stardom. Gladys climbs from embarrassing poverty into an enclave of the ultra wealthy all while navigating a world where fulfilling your dreams means selling them...one little piece at a time. An homage to classic melodramas of the great midcentury, Goodnight, Gladys will leave you laughing, gasping and pondering your own starting price for fame and fortune.
Celebrate the Weeniedays with your favorite Lil Weenies! The show consists of three 'weenie' teams (4 people or under) that will improvise. Afterward, all three teams combine to create a Mega-team and improvise a montage together! The best way to spread holiday cheer is by laughing loudly for all your favorite weenies to hear!
There could be murder, car chases, gun play, beautiful women, exciting music and drinks _ plenty of drinks. Since this is high class crime, the stage is complete with a wet bar and the actors will be forced to partake as the plot develops. By the end of the show, you might not be able to stand the suspense and the actors might not be able to stand at all. The show will also feature live music and a few parlor games so the audience may join in on the refreshments. Hitch*Cocktails has been running off and on in the city of Chicago since 2012.
Holy Fuck Comedy Hour
Each week, Chicago comics bring the freshest, most experimental new material to the Annoyance for the Holy Fuck Comedy Hour. The weekly show is an eclectic mix of sketch, improv, stand-up and everywhere in-between—You never really know what you're going to get at Holy Fuck. Regular players include, but are not limited to:MAGGIE WINTERS | GEOFF DOW | THOMAS KELLY | JENELLE CHEYNE | TINA ARFAEE | TRAYCIE MCBEE | MAX LAZERINE | ASHLEY LEISTEN | YAZMIN RAMOS | KATHY D’ONOFRIO | TRUMANE ALSTON | ANNIE SULLIVAN | PHYLICIA MCLEOD | KARL BRADLEY | JARED CHAPMAN | HOJA LOPEZ | PARKER CALLAHAN | ROBEL AREGA
It's Christmas, Goddamnit!
It's Christmas Goddamnit! A long running Annoyance staple, this holiday classic is a dark comedy about a truly dysfunctional family at Christmas. Are you into messed up family relationships, secret marriages, racist uncles, and neighbors with secrets? Imagine all that, but add a Christmas tree. And some mistletoe. What could go wrong?
The Missed Call cast writes a brand new sketch show every week based on an audience suggestion, as well as, performs brilliant long form improv all in one hour! Top costumes and props in the city, guaranteed!
Starring: Jennifer Connor, Danny Leonard, Hannah Moser, Richard Pizarro, Jake Prizant, Alyssa Simari, & Ross Taylor.
Directed by Jimmy Pennington
Every Thursday night at 11pm, The Annoyance Theatre hosts an Open Mic where anyone can participate! Whether you are a performer, a writer, or just a curious theatre goer, this show is an incredibly fun community builder and a great way to get to know people and see some wonderful performances at the Annoyance! And did we mention that it's free? Sign ups start at 10:30PM.
The Open Stage
Every Tuesday night at 9:30, The Annoyance Theatre hosts a show where anyone can participate! Performances include improv, stand-up, sketch, music and more! With a different host every week, this show always has something different to offer. Whether you are a performer, a writer, or just a curious theatre goer, this show is an incredibly fun community builder and a great way to get to know people and see some wonderful performances at the Annoyance! And did we mention that it's free? Sign ups start at 9.
RIFF: Chicago's Music Improv Party
Some of Chicago's best musical comedians join up with some of Chicago's best musicians to create a night of fast-paced musical improv backed by a live band. Come masked, raise a glass, and party with the cast!
Rats! A Holiday Character Showcase
Of all the Charlie Brown Showcases in the world, this one's the Charlie Brown-iest! Join us for a Peanuts inspired holiday character showcase Dec. 21st at 7 p.m.! Featuring The Legumes Quartet!
With The Legumes Quartet setting the vibe, we’ll be serving good tunes, special holiday drinks and more nostalgia than you can eat in one serving!
The Annoyance and the performers will be donating 50% of all ticket sales to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. So even if you hate this list performers, you still have an excuse to come listen to some good jams and support a good cause!
Peanuts inspired characters/monologues from …
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Shut the F#ck Up
Have you ever seen a bunch of people who don't know when or where to shut the f#uck up? If not, that's going to change when you come to watch us at the Annoyance starting Thursday July 21 at 8 PM! Check out these hilarious sketches and more brought to you by an all Black cast that will make you laugh, cringe, and most importantly, make you want to say STFU!
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, hilarious, fearless and fun comedy. Described as a “splash zone of women,” Super Human prides itself on the team’s diverse personalities and playing styles, with an unmistakable focus on creating inclusive learning and performance spaces. They are Super Human and SO ARE YOU!
The Hanukkah Comedy Show
A celebration of Jewish culture that's open to EVERYONE! (Except children). Enjoy an hour of wild sketches and true stories with some of the funniest Jews in Chicago!
The Shenanigan Hour
Late Night Shenanigans is taking on the world of late night TV with their new show “The Shenanigan Hour”! Find out what's on Ryan Nolan & Jordy Blenner’s minds every Wednesday at 8 PM with new sketches, topics, games, and guests every week.
Annoyance Improv Presents: Trigger Happy
Directed by Jillian Mueller & Bruce Phillips. Cast: Josie Benedetti, Karl Bradley, Maria Brothers, Louie Cordon, George Elrod, Tom Korabik, Ari Levin, Neftali Morales, Jillian Mueller, Becca Nix Tham, Alec Plant, Bruce Phillips, Eric Simon, Alli Stark, Carly Strait, and Jordan Wilson.
New Experimental Lab Casts every 8 weeks!
Unremarkable Fairy Tales
Unremarkable Fairytales is a magical improv show where each week a traveling band of world class actors puts on a never before seen fairytale play for you the audience!
Audience participation is encouraged as you are an integral part of the show!