Greg Shapiro and Pep Rosenfeld team up again for a US election show – about what may be the last-ever US election. This Boom Chicago show uses standup comedy and improvisation to answer the big questions: - How did America end up with Donald Trump as the Republican candidate? - Can America warm up to Hillary Clinton – before it’s too late?
– Is America ready for the first-ever male First Lady? And – in general – WTF?
Pep Rosenfeld and Greg Shapiro have written comedy shows together since 1985 in high school. Since 2000, Rosenfeld, Shapiro and director Andrew Moskos have created and performed in seven critically acclaimed political shows on Boom Chicago’s stage – including: - ‘Mr. America Contest,’ 2004.
‘Bye Bye Bush,’ 2008. - ‘My Big Fat American Election,’ 2012.
This show will grow and adapt to reflect the latest news of the campaign. We’ll run weekly through primary season and take a break for summer vacation. The General Election Edition kicks off at the end of August at Lowlands in Flevoland.
Not since President George W Bush has there been an idea so disturbing to many… yet so great for comedians. Never before have we done a political show this early before the election or run for so long. But then again Donald Trump has never run for president before.
While many comedians do corporate standup, Greg actually enjoys it. He has 15 years of experience in B2B, B2C & internal events. And he looks good in a suit.
Tailored ‘How to Be Orange’ – Shapiro offers Culture Shock Therapy as a loud American doing business in a tiny Dutch country.
Tailored Comedy Roast – for your company, your boss, or a special colleague. 3 parts sour; 1 part sweet.
Tailored Game Show – interactive Quiz Show with audience contestants.
‘We asked Greg to speak at our international managers meeting. He poked fun at all the Dutch stereotypes – and at himself as an American – but in the end his message was positive.’
– John Carter, Philips
‘Thanks so much Greg for speaking at the Diversity conference. You are truly a great ambassador for our country.’
– Julie R. Moyes, US Embassy
‘Powerful, intelligent and always funny product. Greg can see the flaws in your plans and turn them around to your benefit. Companies remember Greg. Audiences remember Greg. Greg makes an impact.’
– Rob Andristplourde, Boom Chicago
Greg has hosted private and public events since 1999. Using his background in improvisation, Shapiro has been known to bring out the human side of CEO’s, professors, and government ministers.
Event Host – Plenary Sessions, Auctions, Award and Diploma Ceremonies
Interview / Debate – Based on Shapiro’s TV show ‘United States of Europe’
Late Night Talk Show – from the ‘Graham Norton’ format to the ‘DWDD’ roundtable
‘Greg made the difference between a pretty-good event and an excellent event. His total understanding of the content, his humour, and his optimistic persona gave the event depth and made it sparkle.’
– Sylvester Lindemulder, Event Garage
‘Greg’s show was sharp, tactful and very, very funny. We did not make things easy for him! He dealt brilliantly with the many details and made the show very much tailored to EPO sizes.’
– Bert Lockhart, European Patent Office
‘The opening and closing ceremonies of the Delta Lloyd Cadet World Championships were more than successfully hosted by Greg Shapiro. He really made the difference and proved to be the icing on the cake!’
– Jan Martin Wilschut, Amsterdam Hotsprings
YES – Greg is the voice of TRUMP in the ‘NETHERLANDS SECOND’ video, with 70 million views, worldwide. As featured on CNN, NOS, NYT, etc.
As Native-English speaker, Greg has provided the voice for hundreds of Dutch commercials, films and live events.
Sales (Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Mercedes)
Character voices (Tele-2: Frank the Sheep, Vodafone: Doc Brown ‘Back to the Future’)
Narration (Philips News Network)
Explain-imation (FairWear Foundation, WakaWaka Power)
“Greg is a very energetic and inspiring colleague. And the best Trump-impersonator in the Netherlands.”
– Rens de Jong, BNR
‘He’s a delight to work with: professional, personable, and willing to pitch in to get the job done.’
– Becky Nelson, Rhythm New Media
‘We were all enthusiastic about Greg’s professionality and the fact that he mastered so much text so quickly. Onstage and off, he helped enormously to make our event a success.’
– Mark Bakker, Int’l Students
Greg offers workshops in improvisation, standup and storytelling. He uses his 15 years of experience as a speaker to provide practical, hands-on training. Having studied Theater & Communication at Northwestern University in Chicago, Shapiro re-acquaints you with the good habits you forgot you knew.
Groups of 200 (Bol.com)
Groups of 20 (KLM)
Trainings are for 2-hour or 4-hour blocks.
‘Shapiro gave us a workshop in Standup Comedy. He started with Storytelling and then coached us on presentation. I’m happy to say our team won the tournament.’
– Joep Driessens, Vodafone
‘For Bol.com he led 120 participants in a workshop on Strategic Use of Emotions. His 2 hours were well-structured, and his comedy style makes learning easier because it’s so fun.’
– Maureen Kamphuis, Maureen and Me
‘Gregory coached me on Ethos, Logos and Pathos, which really helped my presentations. He is an enthusiastic person, which gives you energy. You feel you can do no wrong.’
– Nafize Sener, The NetworKing
For universities with international students, or for high schools with a CKV requirement and a shrinking budget, Greg Shapiro is portable. From his years of performing with Boom Chicago comedy theater, Shapiro has no problem tailoring his shows to any age – or any location.
Orientation, graduation, convocation
Universities, Colleges, TTO programs
‘His jokes aren’t rude. Funny for the teenagers, and parents had a good laugh as well.’
– Belle de Knegt, Johan de Witt College Dordrecht
‘How can he be so sharp and critical, but still so charming? I’m still smiling about it.’
– Edyta Czarniecka, NUFFIC Int’l Students Den Haag
‘Greg makes the little things stand out and lets you see them like you’ve never seen them before. And that’s what makes you laugh.’
– Dennis Drop, Sancta Maria Lyceum Haarlem
Greg studied Theater at Northwestern University in Chicago and has appeared in films such as ‘Down’ with Naomi Watts. He’s been on Dutch TV (‘De Deal,’ ‘Bluf,’ ‘GTST’). And he’s had his own show on Comedy Central Netherlands (‘Comedy Central News’).
Character work (‘Radeloos,’ ‘MTV Behind the Speedo’)
Commercial (Chevrolet, Holland Casino)
Presenting (ING, Philips)
‘Greg is hilarious! He’s an exceptionally enthusiastic media professional. He’s hard working, intelligent, flexible, modest and truly funny.’
– Geert-Martin vd Jagt, Comedy Central
‘Greg did a series of very funny and sharp video news columns about the US Elections. Excellent work, very original.’
– Annette Posthumus, de Volkskrant
‘Greg seamlessly merges smart with funny. He has the remarkable ability to reduce all your information to a quick and hilarious nugget of truth with an offbeat point-of-view.’
– Becky Nelson, Rhythm New Media
In 2004 – before there was a YouTube - 'Florida Voting Machine' reached 1 million views. By now Greg has his own channel. Subscribe!
Dutch Education: Burnout Early and Burnout Often
XPat Journal, Spring 2017
The assignment was simple. Write an essay on the question: ‘What is a burnout, and how can I avoid it?’ And by the way, ‘you have to write the essay while you’re juggling homework for eight other high school classes, extracurricular activities inside school and extra classes outside school. Not to mention the prospect of spending your puberty in the most judgmental environment imaginable, as opposed to, say, hiding under a rock.’
My previous column on education was ‘Let Kids Be Kids – Until Age 11, When You Must Decide the Rest of Your Life.’ Well, my youngest is 12 now, and the pressure is only greater. While some multinational companies are introducing the concept of ‘Work Life Balance’ to prevent ‘employee burnouts,’ Dutch high schools are teaching kids to visualize their own burnout and head straight for it.
My son’s particular high school had such a minimal orientation that it could fairly be called ‘Sink or Swim.’ Indeed, many Dutch basis schools don’t give much homework, in favor of ‘letting kids be kids.’ That’s a big part of the reason Dutch kids score so famously well on the occasional Happiness Index. But high school is so different it’s a total shock to system. From Day One, he was expected to suddenly lust the forbidden fruit of endless homework, at least two hours per day. And not only that, he was expected to have long-term scheduling and planning skills: ‘You’ll need to have your French homework ready by next Tuesday, but you won’t able to do it on Monday, and Sunday is (hopefully) your free day, so you’ll have to squeeze it in on the Saturday of the weekend you don’t have anymore.’ Oh, la la! There are entry-level office jobs that get more orientation than these high school kids.
Actually, for our kids, the concept of ‘Burnout’ came well before high school. They got to witness it with their teachers on multiple occasions in Basis school. My daughter was meant to have the same teacher for her first six years in school. The teacher had a burnout and quit after two. My son’s first teacher had a burnout in the middle of her first year. We didn’t mind, since we parents were not big fans of her methods. The temp teacher was better, in our opinion. And just when she was getting the kids back on track, the first teacher came back from burnout. And she quickly made it very clear she was not over her burnout. Still, she got the okay to start a new school year. She lasted two months and then abruptly announced she was leaving teaching entirely to go work on a farm in Costa Rica. I told her ‘Good luck’ in Spanish, and she revealed she didn’t speak Spanish.
Luckily, help is on the way. Dutch elections are coming up, and if there’s one issue where all parties agree, it’s that class sizes are too big, and teachers need relief. At least all parties say they agree. There are only two parties that are actually committing money toward that goal. And with the issue of education so contentious and critical, the number of times it comes up on the national Stemwijzer voting guide is: zero.
There is one area of Dutch education where I’ve found some welcome common sense. It’s the new method of evaluating a student’s school performance, which weighs the teacher’s input as well as test scores. My kids both do well enough on test scores, but it’s the teacher’s input that provides a larger perspective of a student’s long-term growth and helps identify the path they should choose going forward. In the US, the debate between test scores and teacher evaluation is called ‘Proficiency vs. Growth.’ You may have heard the term used when US Senator Al Franken asked America’s incoming Secretary of Education ‘What is your opinion on Proficiency versus Growth’ and she answered ‘I don’t know what that is.’ She then plagiarized her application form for the job and misspelled a tweet congratulating herself for winning the job.
Interestingly, she has a Dutch name: DeVos. Vos in Dutch is fox. Is De Vos clever like a fox? Or does ‘DeVos’ stand for ‘Devo’ as in De-evolution?’ One thing is for sure, evolution is not a subject she wants being taught in American schools.
So when my kids are stressed out by Dutch high school, and they look like they’re headed for their own burnout, I just tell them about the new American Education Department. Clearly the lesson is: don’t try to hard. You can be the dumbest person in the room and still fail your way to the top.
Welcome to How to Be Dutch, the Quiz: the questions that SHOULD be on the Dutch citizenship exam, according to an American Netherlander, who’s been in the country for 20 years.
If you’re looking for an official guide to the Netherlands, this is not it. BUT if you’re looking for some odd Dutch quirks – in snarky quiz form – then this book is for you.
The official Dutch assimilation course can be described as ‘a room full of non-Dutch people learning things about Dutch people that are unknown to most Dutch people.’
If you want to take the official Dutch exam, you can do it online. You can also see the results of many famous Dutch people who’ve taken the exam – and failed. So welcome to this self-made quiz. It can’t be any weirder than the real one.
Gregory Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. Celebrating 25 years in comedy. He has catalogued his clumsy assimilation into Dutch culture with Boom Chicago Comedy Theater, BNRfm and Comedy Central.
Praise for How to Be Orange: an Alternative Dutch Assimilation Course:
‘Difficult topics are tackled with facts, sharp insights and often hilarious, personal anecdotes. How to be Orange is not an official guide book to Dutch culture, yet … essential reading.’
‘Shapiro holds up a hilarious mirror to Dutch society that magnifies all the stereotypes and shows you how you can look past them to become a true Dutch citizen.’
‘Humorous columns, funny illustrations, hilarious photos and observations. Very nice book.’
Netherlands Library Council
‘Shapiro storms through the polder culture at 130km per hour. He lands his blows with precision, but all the while you can tell he’s proud to be Dutch.’
‘What’s impressive is that he’s lived in Europe long enough to be well-informed of local politics.’
‘Greg is full of confidence, charisma and English – peppered with Dutch. Ingredients are in perfect working order.’
Yes, it’s my voice impersonating Trump in the Dutch ‘Netherlands Second’ video.
Gregory Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. Celebrating 25 years in comedy. As author of How to Be Dutch: the Quiz, Shapiro is known for his ‘Dutch Culture Shock Therapy.’ As comedian with comedy theater Boom Chicago, Shapiro covers the latest news from the US – and he was a contributing writer for the Dutch Press Correspondents’ Dinner. As host of ‘United States of Europe,’ Shapiro creates a ‘Daily Show’ for the EU.
Shapiro came to the Netherlands in 1994 to help establish comedy theater Boom Chicago, after graduating from Northwestern University. In 2007 Shapiro presented ‘Comedy Central News’ and then went solo. He’s since worked with BNR fm, Time Out Amsterdam and VARA HumorTV. Shapiro also has 20 years experience in Corporate Speaking / Entertainment.
Shapiro is currently the producer, writer and host of ‘United States of Europe‘ for Zoomin.tv. He is the host of the QuickestQuiz app. And he is the co-host of the Amsterdam Comedy Podcast. He tours with his 4th solo show ‘Part-Time Hypocrite.’ And his books How to Be Orange: an Alternative Assimilation Course and How to Be Dutch: the Quiz are available internationally.
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