The 25 Most Important Years in Dutch History

‘If a tree falls in the forest, but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?’ Similarly, if no cynical outsiders have moved to a country to make fun of it, can you truly say it exists? No way. William of Orange? The German Occupation? Thorbecke’s constitution? All that was BBC, Before Boom Chicago – before our first show in the spring of 1993 and the earth shattering events that have influenced the Netherlands ever since.

From the first edition of Lowlands to the fifteenth (and last?) Elfstedentocht; from the opening of Villa Volta at the Efteling to the opening of the Polderbaan runway at Schiphol; and from the first year of Big Brother to the year Facebook defeated onze eigen Hyves – these moments have defined the Netherlands.

These past 25 years were not only important to Holland, but also to comedy. In 1993, Boom Chicago introduced improvisation comedy to a mainstream Dutch audience. Since then, the ensemble has become an Amsterdam institution, and a launchpad for many American comedians. Over the past 25 years, we were part of a comedy revolution and this book is full of stories from Boom Chicago’s funniest alumni. Join us on a journey for our first quarter century: The 25 Most Important Years in Dutch history!

Get your autographed copy of The 25 Most Important Years in Dutch History when you buy your tickets on our website. Your book will be waiting at the ticket desk when you arrive at the Rozentheater (Rozengracht 117, Amsterdam). Regular copies are available at at your bookstore. Email hello@boomchicago.nl with any questions.

Boom Chicago author-founders present Prime Minister Mark Rutte the first copy of The 25 Most Important Years in Dutch History

Following the Dutch tradition of giving the first copy of a book to someone meaningful, Saskia Maas, Andrew Moskos and Pep Rosenfeld presented Prime Minister Mark Rutte with The 25 Most Important Years in Dutch History. It was not their first visit to het Torrentje (the Prime Minister’s office) as Moskos had worked with Rutte on his successful Correspondents Dinner speech. It was logical to present the Prime Minister the first edition as the Correspondents Dinner was chosen as the most important event of 2016.

During the visit, Rutte wondered if the chosen 25 years had anything to do with the fact that those were the 25 years Boom Chicago has been in the Netherlands. The authors assured the history scholar and teacher that it was pure coincidence.

Get your autographed copy!

Buy The 25 Most Important Years in Dutch History with your tickets on our website. Your autographed book will be waiting for you at the ticket desk when you arrive at the Rozentheater (Rozengracht 117, Amsterdam). Regular copies are available at at your bookstore. Email hello@boomchicago.nl with any questions.

Written by Pep Rosenfeld, Andrew Moskos and Saskia Maas

Pep Rosenfeld is co-founder of Boom Chicago, an event host, writer, stand-up comedian, public speaker, coach, and developer of corporate programs. He was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on Saturday Night Live.

Andrew Moskos is Boom’s co-founder, artistic director and director of the political shows. He creates business programs and is the creative force behind Boom Chicago’s escape rooms and other interactive productions.

Saskia Maas is CEO of Boom Chicago. She is also a founder of InterActing, which helps autistic teenagers embrace the unexpected through improvisation.


‘Best book I’ve ever co-written!’ – Andrew Moskos

‘So much more respectable than a self-published book’ – Nijgh& Van Ditmar, publishers