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A WEEK AFTER BREXIT, ARE BRITS IN OUR OUT?

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Brexit: Voting to leave the EU – to find out you don’t want to leave the EU. Such a clear example of British irony – even an American can understand! I predicted it! A week before the Brexit vote, I said: “Britain will probably vote to Leave the EU – but no one is going to let it really happen. Then all the EU haters who say ‘It doesn’t matter how I vote’ will have every right to say ‘I […]

Who Said it? Trump or Sanders?

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Who cares if Bernie is mathematically eliminated? If you really #FeeltheBern, you want to see Trump & Sanders go head to head in October! Here’s a preview of a potential Bernie / Donald matchup, based on the campaign so far. It’s time to play: WHO SAID IT: TRUMP OR SANDERS? QUOTE 1 “I ran as a major party candidate for the media coverage.” ANSWER: SANDERS politico.com reported that Sanders – after years of being an Independent in Congress – initially […]

Brussels – How to Make Jokes About Terror

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Category: Blog, News

This week, on ‘United States of Europe’ –  Terror attacks in Paris, then in Brussels… is Amsterdam next? On behalf of Amsterdam, I’ll point out Luxembourg is lovely this time of year! Is it too soon to make jokes about terror attacks? Diplomacy dictates: When in Europe, do as the Europeans do. And in Brussels they started making jokes almost immediately.  It wasn’t so much terror as it was defiance, summed up by a hashtag. Not ‘JeSuisCharlie, but #JeSuisSickofthisShit. Or as […]

 3 NICE THINGS ABOUT TRUMP

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Category: Blog, News

From the city that brought you the Chicago Fire, it’s time to fight fire with fire. Donald Trump haters gonna hate. SO Donald Trump got himself kicked out of my home town of Chicago. WATCH: “Tonight’s rally will be postponed.” Am I proud of my hometown? Oh yeah. (also proud of the famous hotdog place Wiener’s Circle with their special “Trump Footlong” featuring a 3-inch sausage) Trump ‘Footlong’ = 3-inch sausage Here are some of my friends’ comments that followed online: ‘Go home, […]

WHY is Amsterdam the Capital of the Netherlands?!

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Do you want to understand the European Union? First ask: WHY is Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands? Hooray for Amsterdam! It’s host city of the EU Presidency – for the same reason it’s the capital of the Netherlands. No good reason at all. These days Europe has a bad reputation for being complex and wasteful. There’s 2 of everything! There’s a European Commission, but also a European Council. There’s a European Parliament in Brussels – but it’s also in […]

Which EU Country Started Its Own Press Correspondents Dinner?

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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The White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner… could it work in Europe? WATCH: YouTube: EU Press Corr Dinner?! I was asked this question not long ago, and – from Merkel to Juncker – my answer was NO! But – by total lack of popular demand – I joined with Boom Chicago and BadaBoom to do one anyway. (I wrote a few jokes, and 1 made it in.)   By definition, the Press Correspondents Dinner is a challenge for politicians because it’s the […]

VOTE! Hillary or Bernie? The US Global Primary March 6 & 7

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016
Category: Blog, News

GLOBAL PRIMARY:BERNIE OR HILLARY? Amsterdam March 6, ABC Treehouse 3-6pm. The Hague March 7, ABC Treehut 6-9pm  A) NEVER voted in a US Primary before? Now’s your chance! B) This is NOT the GENERAL ELECTION. That’s November 8. C) YES, at the Global Primary, you can REGISTER to vote for November 8. Thanks, Democrats Abroad. HOW IT WORKS. Bernie or Hillary? The Magic Number is 2382 DELEGATES to win the nomination. Democrats Abroad will contribute 21 of those delegates. Your […]

How Dutch Meetings Are Different pt. 3: CUISINE

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Category: Blog, News

How Dutch Meetings Are Different pt. 3: CUISINE 10 Feb. 2016, as printed in DutchNews.nl If you haven’t already seen the billboards and banners, the Netherlands is playing host to the EU Presidency for the first half of 2016. You may NOT have seen the billboards and banners, and that’s because the Dutch government has announced it’s best not to be seen spending too much money on the whole affair. Witness the logo recycled from the last time they hosted in […]

Will it FAIL? The Dutch Press Correspondents’ Dinner

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Category: Blog, News

10 Feb., 2016 I just got a call from a Dutch morning TV show asking “Is tonight’s Dutch Press Correspondents’ Dinner a good idea? And will it be a success?” My quick answer is this: If you keep smearing the thing before you’ve even seen it, then the answer is probably NO. Now yes, I’ve been asked to contribute some jokes for Rutte’s comedy routine. I doubt anything will make it in. But if you hear the one about Geert […]

New English Comedy Nights in The Hague – Finally!

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Category: Blog, News

3 NEW ENGLISH COMEDY INITIATIVES IN THE HAGUE 7 February, 2016 In the heady days before 2008, Diligentia Theater would bring international comedians to play for the huge numbers of English speakers in The Hague. Dylan Moran, Steve Hughes, and sometimes Boom Chicago. Then OOPS. It all stopped. Why? There was certainly no decline in English speakers, but there was no one bringing international comedians to the Hague. Frustrating! And the slap in the face was the international comediansstill coming to […]