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‘Catnip for comedy fans’ — Publishers Weekly

‘One of the best comedy books of 2023 (so far)! ‘ — Vulture

‘Essential summer reading.’ — Chicago Tribune 

 The Boom Founders were on the Late Night Show with Seth Meyers!


What do Ted Lasso, Get Out, Late Night with Seth Meyers, 30 Rock, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Russian Doll, The Office, Breaking Bad, Saturday Night Live, Girls5Eva, Pitch Perfect, Key & Peele, The Daily Show, MADtv, Rick and Morty, The Amber Ruffin Show, Portlandia, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Suicide Squad, Superstore, How I Met Your Mother, Wicked, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Broad City all have in common? They all feature writers, creators, directors, or stars who got their start at Boom Chicago.

Having risen roughly to the middle of Chicago’s cutthroat comedy scene, Andrew Moskos and Pep Rosenfeld decamped the Midwest for Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1993 to start their own improv comedy troupe, Boom Chicago. In a foreign land with zero tradition of English-language humor, Moskos and Rosenfeld unwittingly created the finishing school for some of today’s most groundbreaking comedic talents. They (along with coauthors Matt Diehl and Saskia Maas) document this journey in the definitive oral history Boom Chicago Presents the 30 Most Important Years in Dutch History.

From its stages, Boom Chicago went on to launch cultural game changers like Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele, Amber Ruffin, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Ike Barinholtz, Kay Cannon, and Tami Sagher (and that’s just a partial list). At Boom, these young upstarts honed their craft in front of unsuspecting foreign audiences and visiting dignitaries— all while navigating a world with legal weed and prostitution, annual holiday celebrations involving blackface, cookies with weird racist names, and football that has nothing to do with the NFL. From this culture shock, this collective created a more topical, inclusive, tech-savvy humor that would become the dominant comedy style of our time.

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Late Night Lit with Andrew Moskos, Pep Rosenfeld and Seth Meyers!

In an exclusive interview for the Late Night Lit podcast, authors Pep Rosenfeld and Andrew Moskos talk with Seth Meyers and supervising producer Sarah Jenks-Daly about their novel, Boom Chicago Presents the 30 Most Important Years in Dutch History.


ABC New’s “Resident Polka Guy” Barry Mitchell shares his favorite reads of summer 2023

“How Boom Chicago adjusted to local culture and learned how to win over hard-to-please Dutch audiences is a great read.”