Annie Russell is an emerging comic based in Chicago. Annie has opened for Marc Maron on the “Too Real Tour,” for Al Madrigal at the University of Vermont and performed in dive bars across the country.

She has been delighted to open for Jen Kirkman, Sam Morril, Roy Wood Jr., Dore, Beth Stelling, Ron Funches, Greg Fitzsimmons and other national acts.

“Russell has a gift for crafting compelling tales. She is blessed with an incisive and insightful perspective, and keen instincts likely honed by working [in public radio.] But her most frequent target is herself, deploying wry humor to riff on everything from family and politics to relationships, life and death.”- Dan Bolles, Seven Days.

Annie founded Cringe!, a “wildly unique and wince-inducing” show where brave presenters share their embarrassing student artwork and writing.

She is a co-producer and co-host of Arguments & Grievances, a monthly live debate show and podcast. She produces comedy for the Waking Windows festival.

Clubs + Theaters:

Vermont Comedy Club (Burlington, VT)

Zanies (Rosemont, IL + Chicago, IL)

Laugh Factory (Chicago, IL)

Improv Boston (Cambridge, MA)

The Comedy Studio (Somerville, MA)

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)

The Paramount Theater

The Rockwell (Somerville, MA)

Helium Comedy Club (St. Louis, MO)

Just the Funny (Miami, FL)

Burning Bridges Comedy Club (Pittsburgh, PA)

LMAO Comedy Club (Paris, TX)

The Secret Group (Houston TX)


North Carolina Comedy Festival

Boston Comedy Festival

Floodwater Comedy Festival

Oak City Comedy Festival

Tower City Comedy Festival

Motor City Comedy Festival

Cream City Comedy Festival

Waking Windows Festival

Boston Comedy Arts Festival

Women in Comedy Festival

Green Mountain Comedy Festival

Colleges + Corporate Events:

American Medical Association

Burlington Book Festival

University of Vermont

St. Michael’s College

Champlain College

Vermont Women Business Owner’s Network

Blodgett Oven Company

Committee on Temporary Shelter

Girls Rock Vermont