Six Unique Levels Of Improv Training In Amsterdam

For 25 years, people have asked us if people can learn what we do. We offered classes off and on over the years, but it was never a priority. But the requests have grown louder so we are taking it up a notch. Introducing the Boom Chicago Comedy Academy, launching in the fall of 2018. Partnering with London’s Free Association, Boom Chicago will offer Amsterdam’s premiere location for improvisation training. Our school philosophy aims to unlock a sense of fun in improv, setting you free to create compelling and hilarious work with your teammates.
The Boom Chicago Academy will build confidence, hone your comedy and improve your performance skills. We will provide the next generation of improvisers with the tools and knowledge to establish their own teams and create their own exciting shows.

Student Opportunities

As students progress they get the opportunity to perform in our weekly Teacher Jam and eventually audition to be part of weekly house teams. Players often begin the training process to become our coaches, teaching staff, and hopefully one day performers in the Boom Chicago show.

The Community

By joining Boom Chicago’s Comedy Academy, you are joining a community of performers, comedians and like minded people. We spend time in the venues and the bar, make friends, collaborate and create teams together – which we are often able to offer stage time to. We also offer students free and discount tickets to the many Boom Chicago project.



Boom Chicago’s Karel Ebergen teaches a fun, beginner-intermediate level class that anyone can join. This will be a fun introduction to the excitement of improv and performing and gives the basics to take Mike’s class in April. Improv class experience is helpful but not required.
This class runs for four Saturdays on March 10, 17, 24, 31 from 14:00 to 17:00.


The Free Association’s Mike OT teaches this class is for experienced improvisers in a rare Amsterdam opportunity. The FA curriculum focuses on long form scenes, playing POV, heightening, and initiating premise scenes. The focus is on ‘game’ which is the core belief of the Free Association and makes for the funniest scenes and shows on stage. If you want to up your game, get game!

To enter, you must have completed Spring Improv Trilogy part I or a similar training at Easy Laughs, Boom Chicago, the FA, Monkey Toast, IO or UCB. See above for more requirement details. To move on to part III of the trilogy, you will need to officially pass Part II. This class runs for six Saturdays on April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 and 12 at 14:00-17:00. For more information email

Tickets are €260 and are available online. Space is limited. A class slot is only confirmed when payment is received.


Boom Chicago’s Rhys Collier dives deeper in a course that focuses on straight up scene work, character building and initiating premise scenes. After graduation of this final part of the trilogy, participants will perform a show on Boom Chicago’s stage. This class runs for four Saturdays on June 2, 9, 16, 23. Tickets are €100 and are available online. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who complete Part II beforehand. Tickets are only €80 for those who take Part I and Part II first. For more information email


Do something fun and active! Be creative! Get confident! Learn from the experts and join us for an improvisation or presentational skills class. See why we have so much fun on stage. Warning: It’s addictive. Once you get hooked, we might see you every week!