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ACTORS, FOUNDERS AND CREW

Meet the Actors

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SIMON LUKACS

Simon Lukacs has made his great escape from Brexit Britain to join our cast in booming Amsterdam. He has been improvising for 7 years, and has performed with some of the best improvisers in the UK and beyond. He trained with The Second City, The Free Association, Monkey Toast and The Spontaneity Shop. He has taught improv for The Free Association, one of London’s premier improv schools/ theaters, and is a member of their house Harold team The 838, as well as performing with them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

His main improv squeeze is The Petting Zoo (“Improv supergroup” Time Out London) – he is a founding member and with them has performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Del Close Marathon, The Brighton Fringe, The Comedy Cafe Berlin, and their London residency at The Free Association theatre, London. He’ll bring them out to Amsterdam, you mark his words!

As a character comedian, Simon has taken two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Kayfabe in 2015 and Simon Lukacs Shows His Range in 2016. He has written for ITN in the UK, and appeared alongside critically acclaimed sketch act Massive Dad for BBC3.

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LIZZ KEMERY

Lizz Kemery is a comedian, actor, writer and true crime aficionado. She studied improv comedy at The Groundlings, The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Free Association. Originally from Philadelphia, she has also performed in Los Angeles, London and finally here in Amsterdam.

She was a reoccurring guest player with London super group – Shoot From The Hip and member of their sister troupe Sweet Nelson – teaching workshops all over the world including places like London and Istanbul.

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STACEY SMITH

Stacey Smith is a loud Long Islander who just relocated back to Chicago by way of Boston where she was the Comedy School Manager at ImprovBoston, in addition to a cast member in both their Music Improv Cast and Mainstage cast. Stacey currently teaches at Second City and iO, and performs weekly at iO in The Musical Armando, Fraudway and The Deltones. Stacey performed in many theatricals at The Second City, including Life Hacks, #DateMe and two cruise contracts on The Norwegian Breakaway. Stacey recently toured her solo musical improv show STACEJAM and taught musical improv in Bulgaria, Germany, Amsterdam, Greece, Belgium, France, Norway, Italy, Estonia and Denmark.  She’s been lucky enough to headline comedy festivals all over the globe, playing alongside many famous comedians and actors like Amber Ruffin, Mary Holland, Seth Morris, Kevin McDonald, Chris Redd, Terry O’Quinn and Dickie Smothers. She is also the creator of The Chicago Musical Improv Festival.

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MATT CASTELLVI

Matt Castellvi is a Cuban, Chicago native comedian. He has been performing nationally and internationally for the past 15 years. He has trained at Second City, iO and CSz Theater in Chicago. He performs regularly with The Musical Armando at iO and with Baby Wants Candy (whom he just recently toured with for six weeks at the Adelaide Fringe Festival). Matt has headlined comedy festivals all over the world including The Miami Improv Festival, Big-Little Comedy Festival, Omaha Improv Festival, Chicago Musical Improv Festival and Oslo Improv Festival in Norway. Matt recently featured at both Zanies Rosemont, Zanies St.Charles and The Comedy Shrine, in addition to hosting for Dan LaMorte’s new comedy album at Zanies Old Town. He was named Runner Up for Best Stand-Up in Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2019.”

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SIMON FEILDER

Simon is an award-winning comedian, writer and actor from the UK who has performed stand-up all over the world, appeared in a multitude of TV & web content and lent his voice to all manner of commercials, idents & (BAFTA-winning!) TV shows. In spite of this, his biggest claim to fame is appearing as an extra in an episode of ‘Friends’. Since 2009 Simon has taken shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of award-winning double act Life Of Si and all on his lonesome with his solo outings, ‘All The Things I’m Not’ and ‘Die Trying’, the latter named after his comedic docu-vlog series which charted the ups and downs of life as an (unknown) comedian.

Improv first sunk its teeth into Simon’s dainty flesh during a university semester abroad in the USA and since then he has studied in London under Monkey Toast, The Free Association, Craig Cackowski (iO) & Brian Jack (iO, Second City). He is also a member of Free Association house team Super Discount Party Store until they kick him off the Whatsapp group.

Before joining Boom Chicago Simon had never even been to Amsterdam so his checklist between shows is immense and potentially life-threatening. When not performing he enjoys rock and hip-hop music, martial arts movies, tech stuff and spending too long on Instagram stories. While here he would also like to join a rap group. He’ll be there for you.

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ROB ANDRISTPLOURDE

Rob AndristPlourde has been professionally performing and teaching short form improvisational comedy since 1989. After three years of performing with Comedy Sportz Chicago, Rob moved to Amsterdam to work, improvising, writing and teaching comedy with Boom Chicago. In addition to his solo shows “Rob It Like it’s Hot!” and “Legends of Rob”, Rob is one of the creators of “Yo! Here We Go”, Boom Chicago’s longest running, hip hop freestyle piece. Bringing a serious sense of joy and wonder to comedy, Rob loves short form, beat boxing and watching students get improv. When not doing comedy, Rob pursues the music scene and recommends music you will like.

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PEP ROSENFELD

As Director of Creative Content, Pep does it all: high level event host & facilitator, writer, stand-up comedian, keynote speaker, coach, and developer of innovative corporate programs.

Pep hosts events like The Nordic Business Forum, The Next Web Conference, Accenture Innovation Awards and TEDx. His preparation & polish, positive take and an uncanny ability to turn new information into comedy earn him rave reviews. At TEDx Binnenhof, Pep poked fun at Willem-Alexander and Maxima as they watched from meters away. Instead of being deported, Pep and Maxima joked afterwards about their respective levels of Dutch fluency. (Hers was better. A lot better.) He also hosts corporate events for companies like Ahold, KPMG, Oracle and Heineken where he has a knack for making a potentially dull event feel fun and energetic.

Pep’s passion is using comedy to make hard-to-communicate messages land and stick, as featured In his 2012 TED talk, ‘Fight, Flight or Make Your Opponent Laugh.’ He also loves comedy about current events and politics, and has co-written and co-starred in Boom’s political shows including Bye-Bye Bush9/11 Forever and There’s No Such Thing as Sinterklaas. He can currently be seen with Gregory Shapiro in Boom’s long-running hit, Trump Up the Volume. He was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on America’s long-running television show, Saturday Night Live.

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GREG SHAPIRO

Comedian. American. Dutchman. And the voice of Trump in the ‘Netherlands Second’ video by Arjen Lubach. Celebrating 25 years in comedy.

Boom Chicago started in 1993, Greg came in 1994, and he’s been here ever since. Shapiro studied and performed with Boom Chicago founders Andrew Moskos and Pep Rosenfeld in the Chicago suburbs and at Northwestern University.

With Boom Chicago, Shapiro was the host of 2007-8 TV show Comedy Central News ‘because Dutch news is news too.’ He has performed a number of solo shows such as ‘Going Dutch’, ‘Superburger’, and ‘Part-Time Hypocrite’. He has written two books about Dutch culture, including ‘How to Be Orange’ and ‘How to Be Dutch: the Quiz’. Shapiro has made numerous appearances in Dutch TV, film and commercials. His columns have appeared on BNR Nieuwsradio, in TimeOutAmsterdam and The XPat Journal.

Together with Boom Chicago’s Pep Rosenfeld, Shapiro covers the latest news from the US – in the current events show ‘Trump Up the Volume’. Shapiro is writer and host for the YouTube show ‘United States of Europe,’ giving EU leaders the respect they deserve – by ridiculing them on a regular basis.

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ANDREW MOSKOS

Andrew Moskos is co-founder, artistic director, and an active partner of Boom Chicago who loves big ideas. Recent themes in his comedy productions include artificial intelligence, US politics, and 90s sitcoms that are having an unlikely renaissance.

Andrew hosts, writes for and performs at international conferences. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on high stakes corporate events for most major companies in the Netherlands. Yes, ‘most’ as in a majority of them. He coached Prime Minister Mark Rutte and co-wrote his ‘most successful speech ever’ for the Dutch Correspondents dinner. Unlike his partners Pep and Saskia, he has never given a TED talk.

Meet the Founders

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SASKIA MAAS

Saskia is CEO of Boom Chicago and Boom Chicago for Business. In that role she is responsible for business development, production of global corporate programs, strategy, finance, sales and public relations. Saskia has a Masters degree in linguistics from Tilburg University and completed Nyenrode’s prestigious one-year Executive Management Development Program. She was also a participant of the leadership program at THNK, the school of Creative Leadership.

Saskia is also one of the founders of Inter-Acting, teaching children with autism social understanding and skills through improvisation. Inspired by her youngest son, she designed the program to help autistic students break out of their patterns and routines to embrace the unexpected with improvisation. Watch her TED talk on that project here.

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PEP ROSENFELD

As Director of Creative Content, Pep does it all: high level event host & facilitator, writer, stand-up comedian, public speaker, coach, and developer of innovative corporate programs. A co-founder of Boom Chicago, Pep’s passion is using comedy to make hard-to-communicate messages land and stick, as featured In his 2012 TED talk, ‘Fight, Flight or Make Your Opponent Laugh.’ Pep hosts events like The Nordic Business Forum, The Next Web Conference, Accenture Innovation Awards and TEDx to rave reviews, and he was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on America’s long-running television show, Saturday Night Live.

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ANDREW MOSKOS

Andrew Moskos is co-founder, artistic director, and an active partner of Boom Chicago who loves big ideas. Recent themes in his comedy productions include artificial intelligence, US politics, and 90s sitcoms that are having an unlikely renaissance.  

Andrew hosts, writes for and performs at international conferences. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on high stakes corporate events for most major companies in the Netherlands. Yes, ‘most’ as in a majority of them. He also coached Prime Minister Mark Rutte and co-wrote his ‘most successful speech ever’ for the Dutch Correspondents dinner. Unlike his partners Pep and Saskia, he has never given a TED talk.

Meet the Production Team

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SACHA HOEDEMAKER

Sacha Hoedemaker has been playing professionally for over 10 years accompanying singers, live bands, musicals, studio engineers and theater productions. As the Musical Director at Boom Chicago, he is responsible for the production of original music for live shows and other creative projects such as Escape through Time, New Kids on the Gracht, VR Winter Wonderland, Best of Boom, Escape Through The Movies and many more. In 2010, Sacha was introduced to improvisational theater and was hooked right away. His professional experience combined with an eye and timing for theater made him a highly sought after Musical Director and improviser across Europe. Sacha loves teaching, playing live, producing and working with people on creative and/or musical projects! For more information about Sacha Hoedemaker, check out his website at http://www.themusicmaker.nl or search for The Music Maker on Facebook.

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EMIL STRUIJKER BOUDIER

Emil has been adding lights, music and sound to improv shows for years, from small rooms to Boom Chicago’s main stage. He started honing his skills at Easylaughs in Amsterdam and kept going.

In addition to his work at Boom Chicago, Emil is also the head technician at the international festival, IMPRO Amsterdam. There, he is an integral part of their shows and the first call for visiting improv groups. He was the first improv tech in the festival to be asked to create his own show. An improvisor in his own right, he is a master with the light and sound faders.