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The first Boom Chicago Comedy Festival on the Rozengracht!

Get ready to laugh! Enjoy a variety of styles with lots of improvisation and stand up comedy. Expect big international comedians, top Dutch talent like Arjen Lubach, Op Sterk Water and De Speld plus local Amsterdam stars including our main cast. See shows, do workshops and eat and drink at Queen Your Plate drag brunch. Yes the festival bar will be buzzing! 
The BCCF runs July 24 to August 1. Comedy Conversations featuring superstars like Seth Meyers and Jordan Peele start July 26. Join our festival mailing list to stay up to date! 




Announcing: De Speld Workshop and Quiz

During the festival De Speld will be hosting a writing workshop and a newsquiz. Check it out!

The workshop is given by writers and performers from De Speld and is packed with examples of the best humor from the website. On 30/07 – 14:30 – 17:00 

De Speld Newsquiz. After several online editions, with thousands of participants, the famous satirical website premieres their first in-person quiz at the Boom Chicago Comedy Festival.  On 30/07 – 23:59 and 31/07 – 23/59. 


Announcing: Heather Anne Campbell

(Saturday Night Live, Rick and Morty, Whose Line is it Anyway?, The Twilight Zone) introduces you to the foundations of writing for television! From sketch comedy for both broadcast and streaming, to the three-act story circle and the hero’s journey.

Heather will be trying to give you everything she’s learned in the last ten years of writing for TV — as well as how to generate infinite story ideas from your everyday world. You’ll leave this class with a toolbox full of new ways to craft your stories and create your concepts, and only in three hours! On 31/07 – 12:00 – 15:00 

Annoucning: Womance with Stacey Smith and Shantira Jackson

Womance is a musical improv duo comprised of best friends, Shantira Jackson and Stacey Smith. Shantira and Stacey have been working together for over a decade. Stacey is a current cast member of Boom Chicago and runs the Boom Academy. Shantira is currently a writer for Big Mouth and contributor for The Amber Ruffin Show. Together they’ve headlined the Detroit Women of Comedy Festival, the Omaha Improv Festival and the Miami Improv Festival. On 30/07 – 22:00 


Announcing: Arjen Lubach performs with the very funny Op Sterk Water, his old improv group

The reunion show you have been waiting for. This doesn’t happen every day!


Comedy Conversations lineup is complete: Jordan Peele, Seth Meyers, Kay Cannon, Brendan Hunt, Suzi Barrett, Colton Dunn, Ike Barinholtz and Josh Meyers

Buy individual tickets or get the Comedy conversation Pass and get access to all seven Q&A’s for the price of three!


Final two places on our Mixer Teams

Mixer Teams are a great way for a performer or student to join the festival. Each of our three world-class teachers will offer a workshop on their specific format from 11:00-16:30 on Friday or Saturday.

After happy hour and dinner, the three workshop teams will perform on one bill for a unique improv show on closing Saturday night.

The teams led by Susan Harrison and Katy Schutte are sold out. Ella Galt has just two slots on her mixer team.