This year marks our 25 year anniversary!

Wow, time has flown by! In 2018 Boom Chicago will be celebrating our 25th anniversary! Preparations are already in full gear. We are going to organize a big birthday party bash in the Royal Theater Carré on Saturday July 14 with two fantastic shows. One will be a performance by our alumni 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 will be 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, before the birthday party, we will launch our brand new show Bango! new form improv with a beat, premiering 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 will go the 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.

SETH MEYERS, JULY 14 AT ROYAL THEATER CARRÉ

Seth Meyers | Saturday July 14, 18:00.

Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers) began his career at Boom where his shows attracted the attention of Saturday Night Live scouts. His scathing performance at the White house Correspondents’ Dinner is thought by many to have inspired Trump to run for president. Meyers loves Amsterdam and is excited to return for Boom Chicago’s 25th anniversary celebration. He has a special connection to the city where he lived for years and visited so many times he has lost count. His hysterical stand-up show will be from his perspective as a world influencer and a fan of the city. 

Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and the star of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Seth was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, and this January, he hosted the Golden Globes to great acclaim.

BOOM CHICAGO&FRIENDS, JULY 14 AT ROYAL THEATER CARRÉ

Boom Chicago & Friends | Saturday July 14, 21:00. 

Our second (separately-ticketed) show at Carré stars the current cast of Boom Chicago and 25 years of alumni performing together for the first and only time. Have there ever been this many great comedians on one Dutch stage? Improv pioneers Andrew Moskos and Pep Rosenfeld will host this incredible night of superstar improvisation. The guests are being finalized, but you will see your favorite Boom faces over the years including the TV and film stars who got their start at Boom Chicago. They will be joined by current Dutch comedy heroes for a night of amazing comedy.

It is funny how it all started

25 years ago, two Americans Pep Rosenfeld and Andrew Moskos, graduated from University and were traveling in Europe. They immediately fell in love with Amsterdam and had what they record as “the best stoner idea ever: quit their jobs in the US and move permanently to Amsterdam to start a comedy show.
They wrote the Amsterdam board of tourism for some advice, and the VVV wrote back very quickly: “Your idea will not work.” The letter went on: “Dutch People do not want to see a show in English. Tourists do not want to see a show at all. You will need subsidy to do theater in the Netherlands. You will not get any subsidy.” (They were actually right about that one.) Their final advice? “Think twice about your plans.” But Andrew and Pep were not dissuaded and came anyway.  Joined by Saskia Maas, who had been an exchange student in the US and connected with them there, they started at a small theater Iboya, just around the corner from the Leidseplein.

Boom Chicago introduced Improvisation theater to the Netherlands and has grown into the influential and innovative international theater company it is today making more than a million people laugh.