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
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)
“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
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!
My Grandpa Hanukah Harry
Much like ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,’ my Grandpa Harry was ‘The Grim who Saved Hanukah.’ Here’s the family story of our very own Hanukah Miracle.
Granada Harry was my father’s father, and as I kid I got the feeling my father was not the favorite. At least that’s what I assumed from the fact that my father was the one getting divorced every few years, while his sister and brother were starting nice, stable little families – in the 1970s, no less! At family get-togethers, Grandpa Harry would praise my aunt and uncle for having nice homes and nice kids – then he’d look at me and roll his eyes. As a kid, my impression was that Grandpa Harry was the Family Judge, and the verdict was: Guilt.
Growing up in Chicago, there were two big Jewish holidays: Passover and Hanukah. Passover was always compared with Easter; Hanukah was compared with Christmas. As a kid, I hated Easter. Easter was all about the Easter Egg Hunt: marching around in the cold, looking for chocolate hidden in the bushes, and hoping it was in fact chocolate. Passover was different. Yes, it was tedious, but at least it involved sitting inside eating a meal like civilized people.
But – compared to Christmas – Hanukah was a poor cousin. We didn’t even celebrate Hanukah at my house. My first impressions of Hanukah came from my neighbors, the Weintraubs. The youngest Weintraub was my best friend at grade school, and he was happy to answer questions about Jewishness. I remember once asking if the Weintraubs celebrated Thanksgiving. The answer was ‘Yes, because we’re American.’ Next, I asked if they were celebrating Christmas, and again: ‘Yes, because we’re American.’ They also observed Hanukah, but it mostly consisted of giving the kids Hanukah Gelt: chocolate coins in gold foil. Mr. Weintraub said it was a tradition, and then he joked, ‘Anything we can do to reinforce the stereotype.’
Then came the year Hanukah came early and coincided with Thanksgiving, in late November. Our family gathered at my aunt’s house. And before the Thanksgiving meal, Grandpa Harry gave us those Hanukah Gelt chocolate coins. ‘Anything to reinforce the stereotype,’ I joked. Grandpa Harry gave me a withering look that said ‘You have ruined Hanukah forever.’
But then something happened. Why it was I can’t say. The next year at Thanksgiving, Grandpa Harry gave us real coins. And he displayed a sense of humor. He said, ’If we’re going to reinforce the stereotype, we might as well go all the way.’ And that is how a new tradition began in our family: Hanukah Harry and his Hanukah Gelt. Finally, Harry found a way to make us like Hanukah: he literally paid us.
The tradition continued into my teens and early adulthood. My younger brother used to say ‘Thank goodness Grandpa Harry sends that Hanukah Gelt – now I can afford to buy you guys gifts for Christmas.’
Every year, Hanukah Harry would design his own Hanukah cards. As he retired, he developed what he called his ‘Greeting Card Business.’ Yes, his cards were clearly designed on his home computer and printed with his desktop printer, but there was always a little logo on the back that said ‘ShapCreations.’
And Hanukah Harry was generous. He introduced pay grades. Old enough to drive a car? Your annual Hanukah Gelt went up a bit. Graduate high school? More annual Hanukah Gelt. And if you’d add a new member of the family, he’d bring them right into the tradition. I still remember the time my Dutch girlfriend was becoming my Dutch fiancee. It became clear to my family back home that I was going to be settling down in Amsterdam with her – not back in the US to be near them. It was a stressful period, a painful period. I wasn’t sure if my would-be wife would ever be accepted by parents. And then came two cards for Hanukah that year: one for me and one for her. Grandpa Harry wrote: ‘You make Gregory happy, and that is all that matters.’ Trademark ShapCreations.
Grandpa Harry continued sending us cards – and Gelt – every Hanukah, up until his death a few years ago. And – as I write this – I realize how I’m going to carry on the tradition. Starting this Hanukah, I’m giving my kids money.
Gregory Shapiro is known from Boom Chicago, Comedy Central and BNR Nieuwsradio. He is the author of How to Be Dutch, The Quiz – all the questions that should be on the Dutch citizenship exam according to the expat who’s lived here 20 years.
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.’
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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