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Boom Chicago’s Sitcom

SAT, July 24 – 20:00-21:30 Main Hall

Sitcom comedy show

Sitcom, Boom Chicago’s hysterical new comedy show, is a throwback to the 90s when any TV problem could be solved in a half an hour… including the commercials. You know the format: a group of (beautiful) friends hung out in the same locations and got into realistically unrealistic situations. Cameras captured the action and the ‘live studio audience’ knew when to laugh, applause and go ooooh. Boom Chicago celebrates the glory days of the 1990s from which these iconic sitcoms came! Come enjoy the music, fashion and news from a simpler era of Friends, het Zonnetje in Huis and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. As a finale, each night, together with the audience, the actors will create a brand new Sitcom and shoot a short pilot episode.


Shot of Improv

SAT, July 24 – 22:30-00:00 Main Hall

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Boom Chicago’s late night show is the best way to start your lockdown-free life (hopefully forever). Boom’s cast and special guests turn into comedy bartenders to create delicious shots for you! Shot of Improv is Boom Chicago’s fully improvised comedy show!

You decide how crazy the show gets, and to keep the craziness going, we offer a free shot for a good suggestion! This is a full two-act show with intermission — 75 minutes of quick thinking and big laughs, and then it’s all gone. Come see what the best improv comedians in Amsterdam can do!


Queen your Plate Drag Brunch

SUN, July 25 – 12:00-15:00 Main Hall

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Queen Your Plate: Drag Brunch 

12:00 – 15:00 Main Haal

Your favourite drag queen brunchers are back and collaborating with Boom Chicago. Yes, Queeeens! You did not get it wrong. Food! Cocktails! Drama! Eleganza! Camp! It is about to get absolutely stunning in the afternoon!

Bringing the Bam to the Boom, Hostess Miss Vanity Love will welcome you together with a fantastic set of drag performers; who are not just ready to twirl and dance, but also lip sync their way into your hearts. 

Which way do you lean? Option one is the Traditional Brunch with a plated meal from our kitchen and cocktails delivered to your table. Or get ready to get the giggles with option two: The Liquid Brunch with bottomless sangria. Who doesn’t like bottomless?  And the more you drink, the prettier our queens look!

It’s high energy fun with extra special games to connect you with our queens!  With a dazzling show, fabulous drinks, and tastyyyy food, you’re gonna enjoy so much you’re gonna Queen your Plate!

Drag Comedy Brunch Menu and show: 37,50
Upon arrival: Crudite with Lime-Cilantro Hummus on the tables

On your plate: Scrambled BLT or Veggie BLT eggs, toast, English Muffin with cheddar cheese
On the tables to share: Veggie Caesar Salads to share
Your Dessert: Brownie with caramel and walnuts

Liquid Brunch plus show is 47,50
Delicious Bottomless White Sangria plus a brownie for dessert

Early Bird tickets available now!


Sunday Night Live

SUN, July 25 – 19:00-20:15 Upstairs Theater


Sunday Night Live is the creation and performance of a comedy play that only has one performance. The comedy unfolds more thoughtfully as the improvised threads weave themselves into something unique, surprising, and always funny. The joy is to understand how one scene inspires the next. Sunday Night Live creates improv fans and many people come back every week. Since each show is totally different, it is habit-forming!


Community Show

SUN, July 25 – 20:30-21:45 Main Hall

Theater night

Information coming soon!


Possibilities not Limitations

MON, July 26 – 18:00 Main Hall

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Talent Development and Autism. Let’s focus on what can instead of what cannot.  

Join us Monday, July 26 for a celebration of the spectrum and the talent that comes from the under-appreciated autistic brain. Boom Chicago CEO Saskia Maas hosts an inspiring line-up including Boom alum Suzi Barrett, who just completed a film with non-traditional actors, a panel including Dr. Marcia Goddard Head of People and Culture for Tony’s Chocolonely , the young talent of InterActing, and Fabian Franciscus, the Dutch comedian on the spectrum.


Thuis Party

Monday, July 26 – 19:00-20:15 Upstairs Theater

Drinks dinner show

Join us as our brand new Boom Chicago House Teams make their debut on our Rozengracht stage. Three incredible teams of up and coming talent in the Amsterdam improv scene.


Fabian Fransiscus (in Dutch)

MON, July 26 – 20:00

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Fabian Franciscus is a charming and successful Dutch standup comedian who is on the spectrum. One of his skills is to balance when those two things build on each other and when they collide. In the Netherlands, he won the Leeuwarder Cabaret Festival and the Comedy Slam. Abroad, he plays at bigger comedy clubs in New York, Berlin, Stockholm and London. He is a frequent guest on TV shows like De Slimste MensSpijkers Met KoppenNa Het Nieuws and Kopspijkers and several of his comedy videos have gone viral. He will be playing a set from his latest show De Kleine Wereld. The show is in Dutch. 


The Amsterdam Expat Showcase

MON, July 26 – 20:30-21:45

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They live here, they’re not Dutch, and they have something to say! Boom Chicago’s Matt Castellvi hosts this showcase of top talent in English-speaking stand-up throughout the Netherlands. Get used to these names.

Featuring: Matt Castellvi, Lara Ricote, Benedetto Zurlo, Jamal Khadar, Olivia Flood-Wylie, Lupe Estrada and Zoe Brownstone


Going Dutch: Great NL Stand-up in English
Monday, July 26, 19:30 Upstairs Theater

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A look at Dutch culture through the eyes of the smartest and funniest people in the world: Dutch people! And since they and you both speak English, you can receive subtle insights like, ‘Try not talking so loud,’ ‘Drop is actually delicious,’ and ‘Stay out of the bike lanes… also on your bikes.’ S-ch-ool is in session…in English!

Host: Kendra Borgen. Featuring Rogier Bak, Jeroen Bloemhoff, Gillian Graven and Odette van der Molen


Arjen Lubach Featuring Op Sterk Water
The Reunion Show (in Dutch)

Tues, July 27, 19:45 Main Hall

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Voor Arjen Lubach bekend werd met zijn televisieprogramma Zondag met Lubach, maakte hij meer dan tien jaar deel uit van Nederland’s meest gerenommeerde improvisatiegezelschap ‘Op Sterk Water’. Eerder zei hij al eens: ‘bij Op Sterk Water heb ik alles geleerd’. Hoog tijd voor een reünie dus. En waar kan dat beter dan in dé improvisatietempel van Amsterdam: het theater van Boom Chicago aan de Rozengracht.

Tijdens het Boom Chicago festival neemt Arjen zijn vrienden van Op Sterk Water, Tim, Daniel en Dave mee voor een spontaan, hilarisch en virtuoos groot uur improv. Like the old days. (Er moest nog een engels zinnetje in van Boom Chicago.) See you daar!

Performed wel  in the sweet, captivating tones of the most musical language of them all: Dutch.

ATTENTION: Currently no ticket available! We will announce when new tickets will go on sale.


Comfy Community

WED, JULY 28 – 19:30 Upstairs Theater


More information coming soon!


Four Corners of America Showcase

WED, JULY 28 – 19:45 Main Hall

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One great duo from Philly, a Chicago-Austin Pair and a diva from New York City. That’s America is one hysterical comedy bill. There will be jokes. There will be characters. There will be music!

Featuring: Miller & Castellvi, The Amie and Kristen Show and Stacejam 

Ten Minutes in Heaven

WED, JULY 28 – 21:30 Upstairs Theater

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Five great stand ups get ten minutes each. Strangely it somehow adds up to an hour.

Host: Kristin Kirkley
Featuring: Maxi Witrak, Dan Cass, Neil Robinson, Tague Zachary, Sergej Skytin Kirkley


Special Relationships

THURS JULY 29 – 19:30 Upstairs Theater

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Two are a couple. Two are best friends and one is just a group of juvenile delinquents. Three award-winning comedy groups one one stage with a Dutch or UK connection. ‘An improv supergroup’ – Time Out London.

Featuring: Helmet Thieves, Eggplant, The Petting Zoo


The Cunnilingus Show

THURS, July 29 – 19:45 Main Hall


The Cunnilingus Show is a comedy variety show dedicated to female and queer expression. The show mixes elements of stand-up comedy, games and drag performances to give you a joyful evening full of laughter. In honour of Pride, this edition will feature a live version of the infamous RuPaul’s Snatch Game where contestants battle for the crown using celebrity impersonation and improvisational skills.


Big Energy Showcase

THURS, July 29 – 21:30 Upstairs Theater

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Three global groups with one thing in common: Energy! Uranium 235, from Cincinnati, performs their innovative Deconstruction. Margaret Buttercat, the international festival supergroup, plays hard until they drop from exhaustion. And Mordsaga, a UK duo brings the best of Nordic noir all around the world. Book your tickets now for this popular show.


Shot of Improv

THURS, July 29 – 22:00 Main Hall

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Boom Chicago’s long running late night improv hit with the current cast and festival guest stars.


Musical Madness

FRI, July 30 – 19:30 Upstairs Theater

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Two opposite acts on the same stage. Solitaire is (you guessed it) a solo show where the fantastic Nick Condon improvises all parts of a rich story — by himself.  Then Fallen Sundays, the premiere musical improv from Denmark,  take the stage with many actors and multiple musicians to put on a true grand finale performance.

Host: Special Guest

Featuring: Solitaire (US)  and The Fallen Sundays (DK)


What Can’t She Do? Variety Show

FRI, July 30 – 19:45 Main Hall

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A Comedy Showcase starring some of the funniest women in the world. Jo Vino starts with her signature dark standup. Chicagoan Holly Souchak follows with sharp character driven storytelling. And then the BCCF festival guests join forces to show what they can do. Spoiler alert: Everything! Guys don’t worry: Boom favorites Stacey Smith and Biddy Kemery host as Tad and Chad.

Featuring: Jo Vino, Holly Souchak (US), Heather Anne Campbell (Rick and Morty, Whose Line is it Anyway?), Ella Galt (Barcelona Improv Festival), Sue Harrison (Showstoppers), Shantira Jackson (Big Mouth, Amber Ruffin Show) and Katy Schutte (The Maydays)


Brexit Calling

FRI, July 30 – 21:30 Upstairs Theater

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Three great UK comedy duos in a night of big comedy named after something none of them probably voted for. The UK pair Lois bring their absurd comedy to the BCCF after receiving the only 4 ⅓ star review ever at the Edinburgh Fringe (Theatre Review). McGathy & Miller’s unique and funny improv form shows a relationship in reverse. It starts with a breakup and then goes backwards until we see the cute way they met. And finally, Graham Dickson and Sophia Broido, founders of the FA in London, come to Amsterdam for a rare performance of their hit improvised Tenessee Williams play. 

Featuring: Lois, McGathy & Miller, Night at the Sweet Lagoon 



FRI, July 30 – 22:00 Main Hall

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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.


Character Counts

FRI, July 30 – 23:30 Main Hall

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A top bill of funny comedians playing unforgettable characters in a late night setting. 

Host: Simon L 

Featuring: Matt Castellvi, Mr. Beige, Nikk Tetreault and Xiaoli Go


De Speld Comedy Quiz

FRI, July 30 – 23:59 Main Hall

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Hey Nederlanders! Which celebrity is officially NOT a virologist? What was the name of the documentary about Britney Spears that Ivo Niehe starred in? You’ll get the answer to these and many more questions in 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. 

Host Michiel Eijsbouts takes you on a midnight journey filled with wonder and roaring laughter. Drinking makes you smarter, so don’t be left behind! The quiz, like all the world’s best comedy, is in Dutch.   


Improvising in Style

SAT, July 31 – 19:30 Upstairs Theater

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Copenhagen’s finest and The Free Association of London tackle the styles of James Bond and current events in this hysterical pairing. 

Featuring: Spoonraker (DK) and The Nearly News Show (UK)


Mixer Team Showcase

19:45 Main Hall


24 funny improvisers from around the world rehearsed with three top coaches to make three killer teams, each with an innovative improv form.  Watch all three teams play one big show of unique comedy for one night only.


Really Good Standup

SAT, July 31 – 21:30 Upstairs Theater

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Five exciting standups from four great world class cities… and Newcastle upon Tyne. Look out for Tristan Barber’s hysterical and interactive, TED-inspired stand up form. Andrew Bulkeley, the funniest disorganized dad, starts things off!

Host: Trista Mrema 

Featuring: Andrew Bulkeley, ‘TEDnology’, Helen Wildy and Ger Staunton!


The Musical Armando Improv Show

SAT, July 31 – 22:00 Main Hall


Seven top improvisers and Boom Chicago’s musical director together create a musical comedy masterpiece from one audience suggestion. This top group of festival guests and Boom superstars will never perform together again. A true main event!

Featuring: Stacey Smith, Shantira Jackson, Matt Castellvi, Katy Schutte, Sue Harrison, Ella Galt and Derek Miller. Special Guest Heather Anne Campbell will be the guest monologist.


De Speld Newsquiz (in Dutch)

SAT, July 31 – 00:00-01:00 Upstairs Theater

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Which celebrity is officially NOT a virologist? What was the name of the documentary about Britney Spears that Ivo Niehe starred in? You’ll get the answer to these and many more questions in De Speld News Quiz. After several editions we held online with thousands of participants, this is your unique chance to experience De Speld Nieuwsquiz live. Host Michiel Eijsbouts and Roel Maalderink will take you on a midnight journey filled with wonder and roaring laughter.


Best of Boom Chicago

SUN, August 1 – 19:30 Main Hall

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Were you at Boom Chicago’s 25 year anniversary show at Carre in 2018? Then this is your show. Old school stars, Boom founders, and faces from the past return for one final reunion show before this festival is history.


Sunday Funday

SUN, August 1 – 21:00 Main Hall

The stupidest show at the BCCF. A fun show for fans, performers and people who want to go crazy on a Sunday. It’s full of great moments, silly games, festival cameos, and big laughs. The closing party starts here!