4 Tickets to Annoyance Theatre & Half-Off Drinks for $15

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  • Endlessly laugh and get unlimited half-off drinks
  • Renowned, edgy theater; in business for 20 years

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If you find that laughter is a difficult emotional response to achieve alone, befriend three people and get in on today’s Groupon. Today, just $15 gets four tickets to a comedy show and half-price drinks all-night long at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar, located in Uptown at 4830 N. Broadway.

This classic Chicago comedy hot spot has been generating edgy, subversive material for more than 20 years, serving up a combo of improv, sketch, full-length plays, musicals, cabaret, PowerPoint presentations, vacation slideshows, and taxidermy lessons. Catch one of more than 10 shows currently running, including:

  • Chicagoland & Fishnuts, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.: Two veteran improv groups of veteran improvisers perform shows that may or may not be about Veteran’s Day.
  • Co-Ed Prison Sluts, Fridays, 10:01 p.m.: An Annoyance staple and the longest-running musical in Chicago returns for a 20th-anniversary run. Sing along to unforgettable numbers such as “The Dog is Eating My Hamster Now” and “Hey We’re In Prison.”
  • Scientology! The Unauthorized Musical, Saturdays, 8 p.m.: Back by popular demand, this show was co-written by Groupon employee Dan Jessup, the rest of the cast, and executive producer Will Smith. This barrel of laughs takes a factual look at Scientology, aliens, and Florida in the key of Bb.

Reviews

The Chicago Reader says, “Annoyance Theatre combines several varieties of poor taste to produce a truly revolting– and very funny– show…” Both Reader reviewers and Yelpers give it four stars. Here’s what they’re saying:

  • Saw the show this weekend and really, really was impressed by how smart the humor was. – Dave Miller, Reader reviewer
  • when I saw it, the whole audience was cracking up through the entire show. – donnely, Reader reviewer
  • we found the loungy, relaxed/hip bar to be quite impressive. The play we saw was extremely satirical, witty, obscene at times. I loved it. – Phillip K., Yelp

Printable List of Improv Suggestions

At the beginning of each improv show, the performers ask the audience for a suggestion. This frequently results in 10 to 20 minutes of awkward silence, followed by the performers leaving the stage, until an hour of silence passes and a bold audience member finally speaks up with the brilliantly conceived suggestion fart, but his genius call rings coldly across the quiet stage, too tardy to be hilariously interpreted by the cast.

To avoid this common improv pitfall, print out this handy list of suggestions by clicking Print, located under the File menu in most browsers.

  • Binder
  • Mexico
  • Fundraiser
  • Dogfighting
  • Helvetica
  • Belly flops
  • Serrated knife
  • Penis scene from Bruno
  • Wayne Brady doing Props on Whose Line is it Anyway?
  • Blood bank
  • Semi-erotic photoshoot
  • Team-building
  • Michael Jordan
  • Comfort Inn
  • Puppy Mill
  • Musket wood
  • Blitzkrieg
  • Salisbury steak
  • Tackle dummy
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  • Obesity
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  • Sleep apnea
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The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

It all started with a Halloween show. Mick Napier and a few of his friends dreamt up a cheekily winking sendup of the slasher genre in 1987, and by the time the lights dimmed on the blood- and pudding-splattered stage, they had received a standing ovation. Inspired by the production's success, the group decided to establish an ensemble that embraced the uncensored and subversive—and The Annoyance Theatre was born.

The company has staged more than 100 original plays and musicals since its founding, including The Real Live Brady Bunch, the long-running Coed Prison Sluts, and an annual re-mount of that first fortuitous show, now appropriately known as Splatter Theater. The Annoyance celebrates the impromptu art of improvisation as well, hosting frequent long-form sets that highlight audience interaction and completely blank scripts. This anything-goes approach to material both rehearsed and off-the-cuff has won the theater plenty of fans: the company trains aspiring comedians in both Chicago and New York, and recently opened a sparkling new venue thanks to community donations.

Customer Reviews

Splatter Theatre was soooooo much fun!
Thomas M. · October 19, 2012
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