Festival Troupe 2016
About The Annoyance:
Established in 1987, The Annoyance has created over 250 shows, comprised of improvisation, sketch, full-length plays, cabaret, and full-length musicals. Many Annoyance alumni can be seen today on stage, in films, and on television both in front of and behind the camera such as Jane Lynch (Glee), Andy Richter (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), Matt Walsh (Veep), Kate Flannery (The Office), Conner O’Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Aidy Bryant and Vanessa Bayer (current SNL cast), and Jill & Faith Soloway (Transparent). The Annoyance NY show schedule features comedy created by The Annoyance’s Chicago alumni, NY graduates of its NY training program, and guest performers.
The Annoyance’s training is guided by its Artistic Director, Mick Napier, and based on the approach found in his books “Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out” and “Behind The Scenes: Long Form Improvisation.” Their classes are known for providing specific, individualized feedback and helping students to develop and maintain a strong individual voice in their improvisation. Over 1000 unique students have taken a class at The Annoyance NY since the program began in October, 2013.
“No matter how impossibly expensive New York becomes, young artists will always find a way to do ludicrous things in ridiculous dives, like at The Annoyance.”
– The New York Times