Wow, time has flown by! In 2018 Boom Chicago will be celebrating our 25th anniversary! We had a big birthday party bash in the Royal Theater Carré on Saturday July 14 with two fantastic shows. One was a performance by our alumnus Seth Meyers, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers and well known for picking on Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents dinner in 2011. People claim that was the night Trump decided to run for president, thanks Seth.
The second show that evening was the Boom Chicago&Friends show featuring Boom Chicago’s current cast, former Boom comedians including Seth and his brother Josh Meyers and Ike Barinholtz (Mindy Project, Neighbors, Suicide Squat, Central Intelligence) and Dutch comedy friends like Ruben van der Meer and Horace Cohen.
Earlier this year, we launched our brand new show Bango! new form improv with a beat, which premiered May 7.
It was 25 years ago when Boom Chicago introduced improvisation comedy to a mainstream Dutch audience. Since then, the successful comedy ensemble has made more than a million people laugh while continuing to innovate in and out of their theater. This year, we will celebrate it with exciting artistic events.
Proceeds from the shows go to InterActing
Ticket proceeds of this night went to InterActing, founded by Boom Chicago CEO Saskia Maas. InterActing teaches children with autism social skills and understanding through improvisation. Her TED talk explains the role improvisation can have in the development of children with autism: InterActing encourages autistic young people to break out of their prefered patterns to embrace the unexpected.