Essential Comedy for an intelligent lockdown. Live from Boom Chicago’s theater in Amsterdam with Pep Rosenfeld and Greg Shapiro. See all episodes and clips.
We are psyched about the streaming shows this week 14, 16 and 18 April. But some folks have asked questions…
Q: What are the shows and when are they?
A: It’s two shows performed over six nights:
- On April 14, 16 and 18, Greg Shapiro and Pep Rosenfeld star in Trump Up the Volume: Social Distancing Edition, a political show about our least favorite president ever.
- On April 21, 23 and 25, Stacey Smith, Matt Castellvi and Musical Director Sacha Hoedemaker star in Going Steady, an improvised show about life, love and everything in between, with live music.
- All performances start streaming on YouTube, live from Boom Chicago, at 20:00 Amsterdam time. That’s 11am in LA, 1pm in Chicago, 2pm In New York and 7pm in London.
- More details and tickets here.
Q: Will it feel like a Zoom chat from your houses?
A: No, absolutely not! We’ll be on stage at Boom Chicago, and the show will be shot live on three cameras. The tech is provided by our streaming partner We Are Live who will make sure it looks and sounds good. There will be no lag. Famous last words…
Q: Is it, you know, okay for you and the crew to be together at the theater?
A: Yes. First of all, the rule in the Netherlands is work at home if you can. And we have been writing and rehearsing at home (on Zoom, so God knows who hacked our material). Plus, there’s no rule against businesses being open. We’re not supposed to go broke on purpose. We are supposed to keep people safe, and not spread Covid-19. We are doing that. Greg and Pep will be 1.5 meters apart at all times, even backstage and in the dressing room. Matt and Stacey will perform together: It’s allowed. They’re a couple! Sacha Hoedemaker accompanies live from the side of the stage, 1,5m away. The crew is safely separated as well. We have separate indoor and outdoor clothes and shoes. All surfaces and hands get washed and wiped down. We’re acting like the other people have the virus and we don’t want to catch it.
Q: Do we have to come to your theater to see the show?
A: No, and we kinda thought that was clear. We do the show at the theater and you stay home with your loved ones (and less loved ones) to watch live on YouTube.
Q: Do we have to watch it live?
A: No. You can also catch up and watch it on YouTube (not live) anytime afterward. It’s more fun to watch live, and you can give suggestions when you watch it live..
Q: Do we have to pay?
A: We’re asking folks to treat these shows like any other show and buy tickets. 10 euros each night for a normal ticket, pay more if you’re a VIP or just doing well enough to pay-it-forward. Pay 5 euros for an obstructed view ticket, but then you have to put something in front of part of your screen. All proceeds will be split between the cast and crew. It’s possible to watch without paying – it’s on YouTube after all – so if you’re the type that sneaks into shows or steals from stores, that option is available here too.
Q: Will it be interactive?
A: Very! Artistic Director Andrew Moskos will be the ‘chat wrangler’ and make sure we get great suggestions in real time without interfering with the timing of the show.
Most suggestions will come from the chat before during the show, but Andrew will get some more complicated suggestions at 19:50 from the chat before the show starts (and not tell the performers).
During the show, one lucky person will be interviewed and have a moment in the show. This could be a song about them or something special. There is one ticket on sale each night called ‘I want to be in the show’ and it comes at a higher donation. Thanks in advance if you support us in that way!
Q: Is it a different show each night?
Yes. The show is a series with three entirely different shows and we hope you watch them all. You can watch any show first.
Q: Would you repeat that link for more details and tickets?
A: Of course! More details and tickets.
Watch the Live Stream Replay Now. A fast and funny comedy series with improv and music. Live from Amsterdam, Matt Castelli, Stacey Smith and musician Sacha Hoedemaker present three quarantine improv comedy shows.