Comedian. American. Dutchman.


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The true story of my adventures as a Dutch political candidate. And my painfully half-assed attempts to save the planet. First I take on our collective ideas of idealism, then I challenge us all to make a difference right now… maybe even during the show.
Warning: show includes manufactured outrage, disruptive corporate behavior, and a tacked-on, feel-good ending.

‘Greg is full of confidence and charisma. His English – peppered with Dutch – is easy to follow. He involves the audience with targeted questions to his story… Ingredients are in perfect working order.’

– Arnhem Direct

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The world’s only live comedy video game, based on the YouTube hit with 4 million views

The Dark Room is a one-of-a-kind surreal game show mixed with stand-up comedy – a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure That Doesn’t Give You A Damn Choice!

Trapped in a dark room, the audience must play a fiendish game of wits hosted by a floating head that wants you dead, with prizes you won’t want and punishments you probably won’t avoid.
It’s a text-based adventure, it’s a Kafkaesque nightmare, and if anybody wins they get £500.

“If Franz Kafka were to write a comedy show, this would be it. A comedy masterpiece.”
– Chortle UK
“One of Australia’s Top Ten Young Comics”
– Zoo Magazine
“Ridiculously entertaining”
– Kate Copstick, The Scotsman, Edinburgh

3 times per year, Greg Shapiro invites his favorite US & UK comedians to tour the Netherlands with him. The results are broadcast on BNN-VARA HumorTV. Shapiro also tours his solo show ‘Part-Time Hypocrite’ and is the author of ‘How to Be Orange.’

Previous guests include Brendon Burns, Pete Johansson, Steve Hughes.


17 Jan Amsterdam Stand-up Set. HotelNacht. American Hotel
18 Jan Eindhoven Stand-up Set. Boiler Room Comedy
21 Jan Delft Rietveld Theater
22 Jan Amstelveen Griffioen
23 Jan Amsterdam Boom Chicago
24 Jan Rotterdam Walhalla
27 Jan Den Haag Theater PePijn
29 Jan Utrecht Schiller Theater
30 Jan Den Haag Theater PePijn

In his show ‘How to Be Orange,’ Greg Shapiro shared the hilariously awkward truth of becoming a Dutch citizen. Now he finds himself integrating further, into something truly strange: Friesland.

In ‘How to be Frisian’ Greg Shapiro discovers that – among the Dutch – the Frisians are loud, proud and fiercely independent… almost like those damn Americans. Watch and learn as Greg crashes and burns trying the Frisian classics:
– Fierjleppen – pole vaulting across canals
– Aaisykje – hunting for eggs with some strange birds
– Reedriden – pretending to be fascinated by skating in circles for hours.

But maybe Friesland is more. The Dairy Campus, the Water Campus, the Circular Economy.
And they have a proud history no one knows about: C&A is from there. Gaastra is from there. And Friesland is where they’ve pioneered heating their homes with fermented turds.

Shapiro ends the show by making the audience take a Frisian Assimilation Exam. It doesn’t exist yet, but it should.

Tailored Comedy

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.

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‘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

Event Hosting

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

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‘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

Voice Over

Greg has provided the voice for hundreds of Dutch commercials, films and live events.
Sales (Coca-Cola, McDonalds)
Character voices (Tele-2)
Narration (Philips News Network)
Explain-imation (FairWear Foundation, WakaWaka Power)
Live (TEDxAmsterdam)

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“Greg is a very energetic and inspiring colleague. And the best Obama-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

Comedy Training

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 (
Groups of 20 (KLM)
1-on-1 (TEDxAmsterdam)
Trainings are for 2-hour or 4-hour blocks.

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‘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 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

School Tour

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
Recruitment Events

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‘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)

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‘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!

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Old School, Now Trendy (Dutch Education)

Old School, Now Trendy
(as printed in ‘XPat Journal,’ Spring 2015)

My 2 kids both wImreKleermakerent to Waldorf School in Amsterdam. In Dutch it’s called ‘Vrije School,’ which translates to ‘Free School.’ I don’t know why they call it ‘Free’ because it’s based on the philosophy of a rigid 19th century German educator. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never looked at a Dutch school and thought ‘Not German enough.’

I soon realized ‘Vrije School’ is called ‘Waldorf’ because it’s a bit like the Waldorf salad: all natural ingredients, with a few nuts. We were once on a canoe trip with a Waldorf papa. While picking our paddles, he refused the ones made of aluminum and plastic, insisting on all-natural materials. He took the wooden paddle. Soon, we noticed he wasn’t paddling fast enough. He complained that the paddle was too heavy. Soon we noticed he was complaining again, this time about splinters. That was my first impression of the Waldorf School: shunning modernity for the sake of complaining – and a lot of veering to the left for no reason.

What I did find appealing about the Dutch Waldorf School was the idea that children are more than academic results. I’d just watched Ken Robinson’s TED talk ‘How Schools Kill Creativity,’ and indeed I was looking for something different. Coming from America, I know some parents who are so manic about their kids’ Grade Point Average they might as well save up for psychiatrist bills as well as college tuition. The way they hover over their kids, these Americans are now known as ‘Helicopter parents.’ It’s everywhere. The last time I visited the US, I got yelled at for letting my kid ride his bike on the sidewalk without a helmet. I thought ‘these people wouldn’t survive 5 minutes in Amsterdam traffic.’

My wife and I thought we’d give the Waldorf School a try. At the preschool level, there was a bit of Head Start education, but also they let the kids play. So far, so good. But soon I noticed something unusual: a strict adherence to arcane Christian holidays. Already, the Dutch calendar takes half the month of May to observe things like Ascension and Pentecost… which most Dutch people describe to me as ‘the Day Jesus took a long weekend.’ So why exactly were my kids now celebrating Saint Michael Day and Saint Martin Day?

The good news was the Waldorf School – while strictly adhering to Christian holidays – did it in the most pagan way possible. To hear my kids describe him, St. Michael was the patron saint of colored leaves and finding chestnuts. The St. Michael holiday involved trooping the kids into the forest to slay a dragon, portrayed by one of the fire-breathing parents. It felt a bit like taking our children to the Burning Man Festival. I don’t think any of the parents were using drugs, but if they were I’m sure it was organic.

Then came the darkness. In early November, Saint Martin is celebrated by again trooping the kids into the forest. Pretty soon the sun goes down, and then begins the celebration I call ‘Fumbling Through the Dark.’ Of course, there are lanterns. But only organic ones are allowed: hollowed-out pumpkins, squash, and the occasional parsnip. They’re very decorative – and completely ineffective as lights. Soon after November comes Advent, when the school is lit only by candles – which means it’s mostly just dark. To me, it felt less like Christmas and more like a Haunted House maze. The difference was the toddlers all around, who were impossible to see, because their faces were blacked up for Sinterklaas. To any kids I’ve knocked over, kicked, or stumbled into, I apologize

But of course, our kids were loving it. Soon came the Springtime, when the class went to the school gardens and learned where food comes from. This led to a surprisingly bountiful harvest with plenty lettuce, tomatoes, and the biggest courgette I’d ever seen. The school year ended by trooping the kids into the forest to celebrate St. Jan, apparently the patron saint of spitting cherry pits into a bonfire. There were crowns made of flowers, parents playing music, singing, picnicking. And then there was the ritual of holding your child’s hand and leaping over the fire together. I was sold.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a true Waldorf parent. I’ll never be ‘dyed in the wool.’ But I do appreciate the trend that’s now being called ‘Free-Range Children.’ I want my kids to be well-read, but also well-rounded. I want them to have a healthy economy, but also a healthy environment. And maybe the best way to do that is to go a bit Old School.

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How to Be Orange


If you’re looking for an official guide to Dutch culture, this is not it. If you’re looking for one man’s completely biased and utterly subjective impression of Dutch culture, you’ve come to the right place. Greg Shapiro is a loud American trying to fit into a tiny Dutch country. Join him as he shares his hilariously clumsy 20-year assimilation into Dutch culture and blasts some well-known stereotypes along the way. The book includes the questions from the real Dutch Assimilation Exam, whose logic Shapiro delightfully dissects to reveal the Dutch identity they’d rather you didn’t know.

‘Humorous columns, funny illustrations, hilarious photos and observations. Very nice book.’

– Netherlands Library Council

‘Difficult topics are tackled with facts, sharp insights and often hilarious, personal anecdotes.’


‘Many better-known books about the Dutch are just a collection of superficial observations… But Greg has come up with something that the Dutch can really laugh about … and he goes Dutch like a boss.’


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mediarev_main‘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.’

Het Parool

‘What’s impressive is that he’s lived in Europe long enough to be well-informed of local politics.’

De Volkskrant

‘Greg is full of confidence, charisma and English – peppered with Dutch. Ingredients are in perfect working order.’

Arnhem Direct

From Northwestern University, Gregory Shapiro came to the Netherlands in 1994 to help establish comedy theater Boom Chicago. In 2007 Shapiro went solo presenting ‘Comedy Central News.’ He now works regularly with VARA HumorTV. Shapiro also has 20 years experience in Corporate Speaking / Entertainment.

In 2014-15, Shapiro tours with his 4th solo show ‘Part-Time Hypocrite.’ In addition, Shapiro brings over his favorite US / UK comedians to tour with him for ‘Greg Shapiro Presents.’ Shapiro’s book ‘How to Be Orange: an Alternative Assimilation Course’ is available internationally. Currently, Shapiro also writes and presents the weekly series ‘United States of Europe’ for Broadcast Amsterdam and

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