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Annoyance Theatre has been making people laugh and teaching improv in Chicago for 25 years. Help us build a permanent home.
695 backers pledged $65,925 to help bring this project to life.

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** UPDATE: We reached our goal!  We're so thankful, and many have been kind enough to ask "CAN WE STILL PLEDGE?" The answer is a resounding YES! Your further pledges will help us equip our kitchen so we can serve tasty food and do it sooner than we had hoped. Thank you for your support!

Floor Plan - 2nd floor
Floor Plan - 2nd floor

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Risks and challenges

Entertainment is always a risky and volatile business, but with The Annoyance, taking risks is part of our process for success. Improvisation and comedy requires the freedom to fail, and The Annoyance has been creating cutting edge comedy for over 25 years. One never knows what is going to be a hit and what isn’t. However, we feel confident that with the consistency of our ever-growing training program, as well as the catalogue of 26 years worth of successful shows we can remount in dryer times, and our actual hit rate with new shows, we can off-set any real risk to maintain steady artistic and financial growth. The neighborhood to which we are relocating, with its greater visibility, transportation access, safety, and foot traffic, won’t hurt our box office or bar sales, either.

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    Project updates, and our very sincere thanks. Everything helps, and we appreciate whatever you pledge! Also, if you'd like to be a backer at a level not represented in the rewards, or don't care about the rewards, you may choose this, and you'll be able to edit the amount you'd like to pledge. And go to sleep knowing that you've made an enormous number of artists and audience members very, very happy that they will be able to continue to create and laugh with us for many years to come.

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    THE HENRY

    2 Tickets to an Annoyance show-does not include non-Annoyance produced rentals. (From out of town? No problem - you may gift these to someone, or wait until you take a trip to Chicago). Good for as long as we're around in our great new home; we have a 10 year lease and a 10 year option, and this is the last home we plan to build! Also, a digital pass to an online live-streamed Q&A event with Mick Napier and other members of the theatre after we open. Mick and guests will take questions about the buildout, the new space, improvisation, directing ...and whatever else gets thrown their way. It will be available as a download if you're not able to be online during the actual event.

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    Custom Vine video by renowned Vine creator Conner O'Malley + prior rewards from THE HENRY

    A personally customized Vine video created just for you by Annoyance actor, teacher, and comedian Conner O'Malley. O'Malley's Vines have received national attention; see more info at https://twitter.com/conner_omalley. Plus rewards from THE HENRY.

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    An original bluegrass song, just for you! + prior rewards from THE HENRY.

    An original bluegrass instrumental song created just for you by Annoyance director/puppeteer/musician Sam Locke. Song will be provided as an mp3 via email. Plus rewards from THE HENRY.

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    Custom made personal fun book + prior rewards from THE HENRY

    A custom fun book created for you by Annoyance actor Matt Ulrich. Each book is catered to the backer and includes activities and everyday fun/hateful tasks. Yes, expect Annoyance style humor/hate in each book. No, you (backer) have no say as to what is in the book. Random books may or may not be signed by an Annoyance ensemble member with a special message. Each book is one of a kind. Plus rewards from THE HENRY.

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    THE DAME

    Digital Download: Live performance video of yet to be created sketch show directed by Mick Napier

    A digital download of a live performance-video of the new sketch show that will be created in our freshly built Mainstage theatre and directed by Mick Napier. Also included will be a program, signed by Mick. Plus rewards from THE HENRY.

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    THE ALICE

    A permanent listing on The Annoyance website Patron Thanks page + prior rewards from THE DAME

    A listing on our website Patron Thanks page. This will be a permanent page on our site. We'll even provide a text link, if you'd like your name to link to your personal or corporate website. Plus rewards from THE DAME.

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    2 tickets to the opening night of Mick Napier's yet to be created sketch show, + prior rewards from THE DAME

    You will receive 2 tickets to be at opening night of Mick Napier's first sketch show that he will direct in our new space. You'll also receive all the prior rewards from THE DAME.

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    Improv Coaching (Chicago) + prior rewards from THE ALICE

    2 hours of coaching for your improv team by one of the following fabulous and generous Annoyance actor/teachers: Liz Bell, Sean Cusick, Kyle Dolan, John Hartman, Megan Johns, Irene Marquette, Tim Paul, Jimmy Pennington, Rebecca Sohn, Rich Sohn, Mark Sutton. Limited to 10 people. Space provided by Annoyance on as-available basis, appointment required. (Chicago only) Plus rewards from THE ALICE.

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    Improv Coaching (NYC) + prior rewards from THE ALICE

    2 hours of coaching for your improv team by one of the following fabulous and generous Annoyance teachers: Philip Markle, Jodi Lennon. Limited to 10 people. Space to be provided by backer. (NYC only). Plus rewards from THE ALICE.

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    Improv Coaching (LA) + prior rewards from THE ALICE

    2 hours of coaching for your improv team by Annoyance founding member and actor David Razowski. Limited to 10 people. Space to be provided by backer, appointment required. (LA only). Plus rewards from THE ALICE.

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    Custom-made Short Film by Annoyance actor & filmmaker Ted Tremper + prior rewards from THE ALICE

    An interesting 3-5 minute film about the topic of your choice, created just for you by Annoyance actor and filmmaker Ted Tremper (digital download). Tremper's short film series, "Break-ups: The Series", won the inaugural Vimeo Award for “Best Original Series” as well as numerous awards and film festivals all over the globe and has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Onion A.V. Club, and many others. It can be found at www.breakups.us. Plus rewards from THE ALICE.

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    THE CLOWN

    A guided video tour of our new space + previous rewards from THE ALICE

    Have fun with us as we take you through the brand new space and let you know stories from the build-out, point out special nooks and crannies, and let you see what it looked like in its most pristine condition, before there are people inside...plus a couple of secrets. Also includes rewards from THE ALICE.

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    Rehearsal 6-Pack

    Get 6 hours of rehearsal in our new studio spaces. Rehearsal space must be reserved, on as-available basis. (Chicago Only!) Plus rewards from THE ALICE.

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    6 Tickets to any Annoyance show + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    6 free tickets to any Annoyance show (non-Annoyance-produced rental productions not included.) Tickets subject to availability, advance reservations required for redemption. May be used together for one show or separately for more than one show. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    Handmade hand & rod puppet + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    A handmade hand & rod puppet custom made by Annoyance actor/director/puppeteer Sam Locke. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    THE HAMSTER

    A framed picture of YOU on our stage.

    We'll take a picture that you send us of yourself standing against any plain wall, and through the magic of Photoshop, place you on the newly built Annoyance stage with our actors, in one of many staged scenarios that we will offer for you to choose from. Plus prior rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    THE SLICK

    8 Tickets to any Annoyance show and an Annoyance tshirt + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    8 tickets for any Annoyance show. Tickets subject to availability, advance reservations required for redemption. May be used together for one show or separately for more than one show. (From out of town? No problem - you may gift these to someone, or wait until you take a trip to Chicago to see the theatre - they'll be good for as long as we're around !) Also a newly designed Annoyance tshirt that we'll be making to sell in our new home. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    2 hour Color consultation for your space with Lyn Pusztai + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    2 hours of color consultation for your home or office space with Annoyance designer Lyn Pusztai. Lyn has designed many spaces, including The Annoyance in Uptown, numerous sets for Second City, Annnoyance and IO theatres, G-Boutique, and Hotel Allegro. She is a talented fine artist and jewelry designer as well. Mick Napier has said of her "Lyn can walk into any space and when she leaves it will be more beautiful." Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    Bartender for your event + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    Rewards for $10-50, plus 2 hours of bartending for your home/corporate event by stellar Annoyance bartender Pete Pereira. Does not include tips, and blackout dates are from 12/23/13-1/1/14; expires 12/15/14. Chicago only. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    Signed First Draft Manuscript - Mick Napier's NEW book on long-form improvisation + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    You'll be first to see Mick Napier's newest book about long-form improvisation, before it's even published. You'll receive a signed, numbered copy of the manuscript (may be personalized or dedicated). Only 25 of these will be distributed, so you'll have a collector's item that will be unavailable to anyone else. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    Rehearsal 12-Pack

    Get 12 hours of rehearsal in our new studio spaces. Rehearsal space must be reserved, on as-available basis. (Chicago Only!) Plus rewards from THE ALICE.

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    10 Tickets to any Annoyance show + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    10 tickets to any Annoyance show. Tickets subject to availability, advance reservations required for redemption. May be used together for one show or separately for more than one show. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN .

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    2 hour improv workshop - Susan Messing + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    A 2 hour improv workshop with Annoyance teacher/actress/director Susan Messing for up to 10 people. Chicago only, includes Annoyance space on as available basis.) Messing is one of the most renowned, talented improvisers in the US, and she is sought out as a teacher by people all over the world. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    THE DOCTOR

    (1) Name on our Patron Wall + rewards from THE CLOWN

    Your name (or you may dedicate with a name you choose) on our Patron Wall at the new building at 851 W. Belmont. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    Annoyance composer Dave Adler's professional custom :30 jingle + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    A professionally created 30 second jingle for you or your company by Annoyance composer extraordinaire Dave Adler. (No rewrites, mp3 downolad). For more info about the composer visit www.daveadler.com. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    Live Puppet show for your child's party or event plus prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    A puppet show for your child's party or event, put together by Annoyance director/puppeteer Sam Locke & Friends. As-available basis. If Sam is not available for your child's date, may be transferred to someone else. Chicago only - please book asap. Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    30 minute appearance at your party or event or 'AirGram" by NORDIC THUNDER, Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard, Air Guitar World Champion and Annoyance actor! Plus rewards form THE CLOWN

    An appearance by NORDIC THUNDER, 2012 Air Guitar World Champion. Currently a spokesperson for Dr Pepper, Justin is also the 4 time Chicago air guitar champion and 2011 U.S. Air Guitar champion. He will come to your event wearing very little clothes and armed with an invisible air guitar. He will play his air guitar for you, thrust his crotch for you, head bang for you and make you smile as you witness the power of the air guitar. No strings attached, he will give you a night to remember. (Does not include tip for performer) Plus rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    THE SKEETER

    Your own brick at The Annoyance + prior rewards from THE CLOWN

    The entire east wall of our new space is a beautiful brick wall. You can have your name (or someone's name you'd like to honor or dedicate the award to) engraved on a gold plate on your very own Annoyance brick. Also, rewards from THE CLOWN.

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    THE WARDEN

    Night at the Annoyance Ticket Package (Second Stage) + prior rewards from THE SKEETER

    A Night at the Annoyance for you and your friends including 20 tickets. Tickets on as available basis for show playing at time of reservation. For single show only, in our small theater. Plus rewards from THE SKEETER.

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    THE FLUFFY

    Night at the Annoyance Ticket Package (Main Stage) + prior rewards from THE SKEETER

    A Night at the Annoyance package for our main stage theater, including 30 tickets (total). Tickets on as available basis for show playing at time of reservation. For single show only in our Mainstage theater. Plus rewards from THE SKEETER.

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    Your name mentioned in our house speeches for 1 month + rewards from THE FLUFFY

    Every Annoyance show starts with a house speech where we greet the audience. We will mention your name in our house speech (on the mainstage!) in the following way: "Our show tonight was made possible by many people. Tonight we give special thanks to :YOUR NAME for his/her/their generous support. (We will have one backer each month in the order in which backing is received.) Plus rewards from THE FLUFFY ( We will alert you to which month your name will be mentioned and you may use your ticket package that month, or any other.)

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    Emcee appearance for your corporate event - Richard Laible + prior rewards from THE SKEETER

    Orignator of the role of 'Class Dick' in Annoyance's classic Splatter Theater, Richard Laible will emcee your corporate event or party. Laible is a renowned corporate entertainer and will help to make your event unforgettable. Find out more about him at www.richardlaible.com Chicago only, (unless travel/lodging provided by backer.) As available. (Please book ASAP) Plus rewards from THE SKEETER.

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    Your (or your company's) Name on every program for every Annoyance show for one year. What an amazing advertising opportunity! Listing will read: "This show was made possible with the generous support of YOUR NAME". Plus rewards from THE FLUFFY.

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Funding period

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