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Spotlight on Comedy: A Conversation with Stacey Smith

In honor of our International Women’s Day show on March 8th, we sat down with Artistic Director Stacey Smith to discuss her experience as a woman in comedy. What inspired the decision to dedicate a show to International Women’s Day?  Honestly? For me, everyday is Women’s Day. For me, this was an excuse for Katie, Raquel and I…

2023 was a Big Year for the Role of Comedy in Life

I have always loved comedy. That’s why we started Boom Chicago. But last year, I observed something change. Suddenly comedy wasn’t just something fun to do like mini golf (or the more offensive Dutch term midgetgolf). The value of comedy on an artistic, political and social level increased tremendously. And for me personally, it even…

WHY YOU SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

Seth brings you up to date with the U.S. situation after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s important, scandalous and (of course) very funny.   Watch this now!   

A CLOSER LOOK WITH SETH MEYERS

The US military has invented a heat ray and naturally the Trump administration considered using it on peaceful protesters exercising the constitutional right to free speech in Washington. That was only one crazy story that broke yesterday. Seth Meyers’ A Closer Look will bring you up to speed. 

THE NEW APPLE TV+ SERIES ‘TED LASSO’ IS A JOY! (created by Boom Chicago alumni)

Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis talk about their time in Amsterdam at Boom Chicago and the wonderful new Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso. Three Boom Chicago alums (Jason, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly) developed their love for football in Amsterdam and created the Coach Ted Lasso character in the early 2000s. After making two viral videos…

TRIXIE MATTEL/BRIAN FIRKUS

Trixie Mattel, winner of RuPaul Drag Race Allstars season three, comedy queen and singer-song writer, stars in her own new Netflix Documentary, Moving Parts, and it is a must-see. Trixie lets the world see the ups and downs of maintaining a career as an iconic drag queen from channeling her abusive past into an armor…

MIDDLEDITCH AND SCHWARTZ

A completely improvised two person show. Are you missing your improv fix while social distancing? All of us at Boom Chicago can safely say that we are… But worry not, for Netflix is coming to the rescue. On April 21st the streaming service is releasing three improvised specials from Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz, entitled…

ALMOST SPRING: A ZIGGO MIRACLE

It’s almost spring. Well, it’s not actually almost spring. But we’re a lot closer to spring than we are to the start of winter, and that’s good enough for me. Cause who doesn’t love spring? Flowers. Longer days. That first sunny day where everyone drops what they’re doing to sit on the terrace. (Doesn’t anyone in Amsterdam have…

RUSSELL HOWARD

British Superstar Stand Up Russel Howard plays AFAS Live on 21 March. The hardworking UK comedian is known for his panel show appearances on Mock the Week (Think Dit was het Nieuws) and many shows that bear his name like The Russel Howard Comedy Hour.   On the stand up side he holds a number of impressive records like when…

DAVE CHAPPELLE

Dave Chappelle, one of the top comedians right now, will play the Ziggo Dome Saturday and there are still tickets left! There is still a chance to see Chappelle’s famous fusion style of honest and grounded sentiment, with a heavy-handed dash of provocation. Creator of Comedy Central’s Chappelle Show, and then walking away from the fame it gave him for years, he is well known for touching on sensitive subject matter…however, ‘grabbing’, ‘yanking’ or ‘pulling’ may be better words to describe how he approaches such subjects. While Chappelle’s style of humor is not likely to breed a feeling of warmth and acceptance within the audience, and his fame makes it impossible for the angry left to cancel him, it is guaranteed to have you thinking twice about daily habits and societal norms we so often take for granted. And you…