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Comedian. American. Dutchman.

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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.

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.

 

Watch Greg’s Tailored Comedy


‘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

 

Watch Greg as Event Host

 

 

‘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

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)
Live (TEDxAmsterdam)

Listen to Greg’s Voiceovers

“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

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 (Bol.com)
Groups of 20 (KLM)
1-on-1 (TEDxAmsterdam)
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

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

 


‘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

Acting

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

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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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United States of Europe & Vlogs

Greg Presents Int’l Comedians

Greg’s Voiceover & Commercials

Greg’s ‘How to Be Orange’

Greg Shapiro Interviewed

Greg Shapiro | ‘Trump is a Circus Barker’ | TROUW ‘Ik heb een droom’ column

In TROUW ‘Letter & Geest’ Magazine, there’s a column: ‘Ik heb een droom’ – an interview series about dreams. Here’s the translation.
Interview: Noor Hellmann / Photo: Jörgen Caris
GREG SHAPIRO | ‘TRUMP IS A CIRCUS BARKER.’ “Describing a dream in words is difficult, I find, because a dream is such a different experience than the stories we relate about waking life. Basic storytelling requires a protagonist, a central figure. But often in my dreams, I’m not anyone in particular.

I do have anxiety dreams. Those I can remember. The ones where I’m not ready for the exam, or I can’t find my stuff, or I’m losing everything, like my teeth. And that emotion: ‘What now? These teeth won’t grow back…’ I’ve read that dreams about your teeth symbolize worries about money, but I think it’s just a way of processing loss. Loss of your youth, the baby years of your own kids, loss of family. Your own history that you can never get back.

I do have a Happy Place I dream about more often, that’s now gone. It’s my grandparents’ house in Atlanta, Georgia, where I spent a lot of summers as a kid. Long, hot summers. I still dream of that back bedroom, where I felt so safe and confident. And then there was the bedroom where I grew up, outside of Chicago. And – oddly enough – last year when I was back in Chicago, the house where I grew up was for sale. So I went to the open house. I got to sit in my old bedroom. And I got to show my old bedroom to my kids, who are now the same age as I was when I lived there. It was a surreal, dream-like experience.

And now, I’ve been living in the Netherlands for more than 20 years. I do feel at home here in Amsterdam, but never 100% – and in America never 100% at home either. Maybe I’m the perennial outsider that sees everything from a distance. Actually, I have a recurring dream where I take a deep breath in, and I begin to float above everything. If I had to explain it, I guess there’s that surrealist painting by Magritte with all the businessmen floating up above their homes.

I first came to Amsterdam in 1994 to join a recently founded comedy theater called Boom Chicago, where I still perform, ‘Angry White Men: Trump Up the Volume.’ And I’m doing my weekly show on YouTube ‘United States of Europe,’ a sort of ‘Daily Show’ for Europe. But I fully acknowledge that my voice is better known than my face. When I’ve gone viral, it’s either with the 2004 video ‘Florida Voting Machine’ or the 2013 ‘Fascinating Friesland’ series. And of course there was that video for ‘Zondag Met Lubach’ where I speak that brilliant text of theirs with my Trump voice.

If you listen to Trump, he’s a salesman, he’s a showman. That’s it. Maybe there’s a reason that – as soon as he came to power – the biggest circus in America, Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, announced the were closing forever. Trump made them obsolete. Trump is the new P.T. Barnum, the man who said ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’ Trump is the ultimate snake oil salesman.

Meanwhile, I’m happy to see the success of the ‘Netherlands Second’ video, and all the countries that made their own versions. It’s becoming like a Eurovision Song Festival of satire. Fantastic. Satire is uniting Europe. And it’s not only countries making fun of Trump, it’s poking fun at themselves, in an ironic way. Satire is subtle. A bit like a dream. It can be difficult to describe. You just have to experience it.”

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How to Be Dutch: The Quiz.

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.’

DutchNews.nl

‘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.’

Wel.nl

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

Press Reviews Photos

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

 

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BIO

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.

Full CV on LinkedIn

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