Straight Up With a Twist
Hey! You! Yeah, you! Looking for something magical? Well, go to Efteling.
Underground Comedy: Straight Up With a Twist is a community night of exciting, edgy, explosive, and energetic entertainment (and even more "E" words!). Supplied by the underground improv community of the Netherlands, you'll see everything from improv to stand-up from veterans to up-and-coming talent. There are no fairy tale endings.
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month a new mix of improvisers and comedians from all over the world bring performances that are hilarious, experimental, thought-provoking, or just a silly-silly-fun time. If you’re a fan of improv (or new to it) you’ll leave seeing something memorable: Straight up with a twist.
Coming show: March 25. The show will last about 75 minutes and is totally free, but donations are very much appreciated. (We're also cheaper than the Efteling). Hosted by: Isaac Simon, Nora McCleese, and Karel Ebergen.
If you are interested in playing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Performers are requested to be at the theater at least 15 minutes before to check in with the hosts.
This show is a collaboration between Boom Chicago and the co-founders and producers of Tag Out Theatre, who call themselves the overly energetic and overambitious rockstars of the Amsterdam improv scene. They are determined to create as much improv as possible and will not stop until everyone is a convert. You can read more about them below.
Actor, comedian and writer. Despite his very Dutch name, is actually from San Francisco, California.
Karel received his BA in Theater from UCLA, where he was apart of the comedy sketch troupe, Company. With Company he wrote and performed sketches in sold-out stadiums and to eclectic celebrities like Lionel Richie, MC Hammer, and a bunch of actors from Teen Wolf who the audience went crazy over, but Karel had no idea who they were.
Karel has performed and taught improv for a while with the Upright Citizens Brigade and has performed in multiple comedy festivals from the New York Del Close Marathon to SF Sketchfest to many more.
In second grade, Nora played a servant on a Titanic-inspired ship as part of a school play. There was tray-based choreography involved. Suffice to say, she's been hooked on performing ever since. With more than a decade of of theater and improv — plus half a dozen lived countries — under her belt, Nora has trained and performed with the Second City, iO Chicago, Hoopla Impro London, The Nursery Theatre and Washington Improv Theater. In Amsterdam, she is the co-founder and executive director of Tag Out Theatre as well as executive producer of the Amsterdam Improv Marathon. She was part of the International Ensemble at the Phoenix Improv Festival 2017, is a proud member of The Ferocious Four and has performed at festivals in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, and the UK. You can definitely book her as your emcee. https://www.noramcleese.com
Isaac is an improv performer and educator from Boston currently residing in the Netherlands. He has performed and taught in the US and Europe for over a decade, is the co-founder of Tag Out Theatre (the creators of the Amsterdam Improv Marathon), and frequently collaborates with teams and companies in the Netherlands and beyond. Presently, Isaac performs with Tag Out Theatre, Amsterdam 2prov groups Sassy Murder and Forest and Shade, and international projects Business Jews and The Mime and The Voice. He performs frequently in Amsterdam, and has played in festivals in Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Sofia. He was even a guest musician at ImproAmsterdam. As an improv coach and applied improviser, he has worked with theaters and companies in Copenhagen, Toulouse, Oslo, Barcelona, Berlin, London, the Hague, and here in Amsterdam. His teaching combines organic, freeform play with a focus on being empathetic and finding joy moment to moment. Isaac is committed to the improv community, and is constantly looking to bring top educators to Amsterdam to grow the knowledge base and inspire others to develop their own ensembles and artistic voices. In summation, he’s an improv education nerd, and enjoys apples before class.