THE MADNESS OF KING DONALD – A Trump Tutorial
An Evening with the Voice of ‘Netherlands Second’
directed by Michael Diederich
The voice behind the famous ‘Netherlands Second’ video (Zondag Met Lubach, VPRO) speaks out! Greg Shapiro (Boom Chicago, Comedy Central, BNR, ZDF) salutes the 45th – and possibly final – President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. No, America didn’t get its first-ever female president, but we did get the first-ever president who’s clearly mentally ill.
‘The Madness of King Donald’ is an evening of standup comedy, with improvisation as well. Shout out your questions for the President, and Shapiro will answer as ‘The Original Fake Trump.’
“Fantastisch. Feest Vieren met Griezelig Echte Nep-Trump” – Het Parool
Greg Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. He can be seen in the Boom Chicago show ‘Trump Up the Volume: Angry White Men and How to Avoid Them.’ His latest book ‘How to Be Dutch: the Quiz’ is available internationally. His YouTube show ‘United States of Europe’ has over 3 million views. And as the Trump impersonator from the ‘Netherlands Second’ video, he has over 75 million views worldwide.
Show is in English / Dutch, with intermission.
“There is no shortage of Trump imitators, but Shapiro goes far beyond imitating a voice or physical gestures – he even creeps into Trump’s head. Shapiro can, on the basis of a word or question from the audience, expand into a completely realistic tirade. It no longer has any meaning, but it works enormously well for generating laughs.” – Het Parool
Greg has 20 years of experience performing, speaking and giving workshops for corporate events: Philips; US Embassy; NL Ministerie Buitenlandse Zaken; etc. Shapiro uses material from his book ‘How to Be Orange’ and his online show ‘United States of Europe.’ And he takes questions as President Trump.
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‘Thanks so much Greg for speaking at the Diversity conference. You are truly a great ambassador for our country.’
– Julie R. Moyes, US Embassy
‘We asked Greg to speak at our international managers meeting. He poked fun at all the Dutch stereotypes – and at himself as an American – but in the end his message was positive.’
– John Carter, Philips
‘Powerful, intelligent and always funny product. Greg can see the flaws in your plans and turn them around to your benefit. Companies remember Greg.
Audiences remember Greg. Greg makes an impact.’
– Rob Andristplourde, Boom Chicago
2017 cv (highlights):
– Clingendael, Launch of Sustainability Center.
– Ministerie Buitenlandse Zaken PBL, Book Launch SDG Sustainable Dvpt. Goals.
– The Next Web Conference, live Trump commentary.
– Atlantische Commissie, Trump Commentary at Annual Gen. Mtg.
– Blockchain Innovation Conference, live Trump Q&A.
– Leiden University Career Day, Leiden.
– Expat Centre Leiden, 500th BSN event.
– VVTP Vereniging Vrije Theater Producenten AGM.
– Lexence Client Appreciation Day.
– ROC Teacher Training Day.
– ESOMAR Int’l Market Research Conference.
– TU Eindhoven / UTwente / Leiden Univ. / VU / Erasmus: Welcome Int’l Students.
– Tilburg Univ. Trump Conference, Night University.
– Hotel Nacht Amsterdam, Cafe Americain.
Using his background in improvisation, Shapiro has been known to bring out the human side of CEO’s, government ministers and even Dutch royalty. Formats include:
Event Host – Plenary Sessions
Interview / Debate – Based on Shapiro’s ‘United States of Europe’
Late Night Talk Show – ‘Graham Norton’ or ‘DWDD’ style.
‘Greg’s show was sharp, tactful and very, very funny. We did not make things easy for him! He dealt brilliantly with the many details and made the show very much tailored to EPO sizes.’
– Bert Lockhart, European Patent Office
‘Greg made the difference between a pretty-good event and an excellent event. His total understanding of the content, his humour, and his optimistic persona gave the event depth and made it sparkle.’
– Sylvester Lindemulder, Event Garage
‘The opening and closing ceremonies of the Delta Lloyd Cadet World Championships were more than successfully hosted by Greg Shapiro. He really made the difference and proved to be the icing on the cake!’
– Jan Martin Wilschut, Amsterdam Hotsprings
– Koppert Biological Systems 50th Anniv., Royal Gala with King Willem Alexander.
– Award Host Groninger Studenten Cabaret Festival Finals.
– Nutreco Grand Opening New Corporate HQ.
– Star Alliance Video Promo.
– ASML Young Executives Awards.
– Aalberts Industries Annual General Meeting.
Greg is the voice of Trump in the ‘NETHERLANDS SECOND’ video. (50 million+ Trueviews)
He has also done hundreds of voiceovers in:
Sales (Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Mercedes)
Character (Tele-2: Frank the Sheep)
Narration (NL nature film ‘The Wild,’ Audiobooks)
Explain-imation (FairWear Foundation, WakaWaka)
Live (TEDxAmsterdam, The Next Web)
Greg studied Theater at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has appeared in films such as Thomas Acda’s ‘Oh Baby’ and Dick Maas’s ‘Down’ (with Naomi Watts). He has appeared on Dutch TV (‘De Deal,’ ‘Bluf,’ ‘GTST’). And he’s had his own show on Comedy Central Netherlands (‘Comedy Central News’).
Character work (‘Radeloos,’ ‘MTV Behind the Speedo’)
Commercial (Chevrolet, Holland Casino)
Presenting (ING, Philips, ANWB)
“Greg is a very energetic and inspiring colleague. And the best Trump-impersonator in the Netherlands.”
– Rens de Jong, BNR
‘He’s a delight to work with: professional, personable, and willing to pitch in to get the job done.’
– Becky Nelson, Rhythm New Media
‘We were all enthusiastic about Greg’s professionality and the fact that he mastered so much text so quickly. Onstage and off, he helped enormously to make our event a success.’
– Mark Bakker, Int’l Students
Greg offers workshops in improvisation, standup and storytelling. He uses his 15 years of experience as a speaker to provide practical, hands-on training. Having studied Theater & Communication at Northwestern University in Chicago, Shapiro re-acquaints you with the good habits you forgot you knew.
Groups of 200 (Bol.com)
Groups of 20 (KLM)
Trainings are for 2-hour or 4-hour blocks.
‘Shapiro gave us a workshop in Standup Comedy. He started with Storytelling and then coached us on presentation. I’m happy to say our team won the tournament.’
– Joep Driessens, Vodafone
‘For Bol.com he led 120 participants in a workshop on Strategic Use of Emotions. His 2 hours were well-structured, and his comedy style makes learning easier because it’s so fun.’
– Maureen Kamphuis, Maureen and Me
‘Gregory coached me on Ethos, Logos and Pathos, which really helped my presentations. He is an enthusiastic person, which gives you energy. You feel you can do no wrong.’
– Nafize Sener, The NetworKing
For universities with international students, or for high schools with a CKV requirement and a shrinking budget, Greg Shapiro is portable. From his years of performing with Boom Chicago comedy theater, Shapiro has no problem tailoring his shows to any age – or any location.
Orientation, graduation, convocation
Universities, Colleges, TTO programs
‘His jokes aren’t rude. Funny for the teenagers, and parents had a good laugh as well.’
– Belle de Knegt, Johan de Witt College Dordrecht
‘How can he be so sharp and critical, but still so charming? I’m still smiling about it.’
– Edyta Czarniecka, NUFFIC Int’l Students Den Haag
‘Greg makes the little things stand out and lets you see them like you’ve never seen them before. And that’s what makes you laugh.’
– Dennis Drop, Sancta Maria Lyceum Haarlem
For protesters, comedians, critical tv stations, photo shoppers, cartoonists and visual artists with common sense, the playtime officially kicked off more than two years ago with the Donald Trump era. A playtime with a crazy babysitter, but still quite nice.
Before the American (and now partly Dutch) comedian Greg Shapiro enters the stage, the audience is entertained with a series of memes & artworks that flash by on the big screen. What an incredible explosion of creativity, and often very witty. And that is probably the best way to get through this jet-black page in American politics. Laugh, laugh and laugh again and then hope that the American voter will at one point be ashamed of this dismal political display, which he himself has caused. Greg Shapiro has in any case made a strong show out of that political misery.
Yes, it is hoped that the American electorate will see that the United States has utterly ridiculed itself under the 45th President. But that is by no means certain, because – when we look at Geert Wilders and Thierry Baudet in our own country – we see that certain diseases turn out to be global and aren’t going away anytime soon. After Shapiro cited a remark from an American hothead that instructed the Native Americans to “go back to their own country,” we see a wildly scrawled cry on a Dutch wall: “Turks go back to Morocco.”
Humor is a form of ducking ones head until the madness is over, because fleeing this political mess is no longer possible. Quite calmly, Shapiro asserts that we have survived with Trump for two years already, so it must also be possible to endure his antics for two years more.
Unlike most stand-up comedians and cabaretiers in the Netherlands, Shapiro was not done talking after an hour and a half. His amazement, bewilderment and anger at what has happened over the past two years is so great that he made a truly “evening-filling” program from The Madness of King Donald, with intermission. For a moment you fear the worst, because it’s normally more than enough for a comedian to keep rattling on for 90 minutes. But Shapiro has arranged his show, which is directed by Michael Diederich, in an extremely smart and varied way.
Shapiro lets us reminisce about the video “Netherlands Second” of the Arjen Lubach team, in which the Netherlands presents itself in Trumpian superlatives. The fantastic video, which has now been viewed almost 12 million times worldwide, was recorded by Greg Shapiro with his Trump voice.
And then Shapiro gets to work, playing the role of a cheerful expert and asking the most important question: how is it possible that this man won the election? The Madness of King Donald is both a survival guide and a Trump Tutorial. At first Shapiro asks quite analytically if it’s possible Trump – with his seemingly idiotic ideas – is actually a misunderstood genius. Just think how the idea of the first-ever submarine was received. Or a vaccine which prevents polio by injecting people with polio, or Columbus who departs to his destination in the completely opposite direction. Columbus Day is now a national holiday in the US.
Very accurately, Shapiro – with script coach Edo Berger – analyzes Trumps facial expression, analyzes the accent (‘a New Yorker with a California accent, who could never get elected in either state’), his incoherent ‘word salad’ language (‘a carcrash in slow motion’), his body language and his apparently secret language, with which he stirs up America’s fear of becoming a ‘minority white’ country.
Along the way, Shapiro also practices the improvisational art of his old Amsterdam group, comedy group Boom Chicago. He asks the audience to name a household item (in this case a toaster), of which he manages to make a great, messy, half racist speech, without a single complete sentence.
A press conference, Trump’s silly-macho way of shaking hands, an alternative anthem, a round of bingo with the audience, you’re never bored with Shapiro.
After the break, Shapiro is pleasantly personal when he describes his meeting with the arch-conservative and pathological liar Pete Hoekstra, the American ambassador of Dutch descent in The Hague. Shapiro admits he cowardly avoided confrontation. That is a shame, because then – unlike in Dutch theaters – Shapiro would not have been preaching to his own choir.
Very nice is Shapiro’s comparison of the family situation at his childhood home in the US with current political situation – where his aggressive stepfather is Trump and his six-year-old sister very unexpectedly plays the role of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives.
This reviewer relies on a daily YouTube viewing of American late-night comedy, such as ‘A Closer Look’ – a reliably anti-Trump segment from Late Night with Seth Meyers (a former colleague of Shapiro of Boom Chicago). This show by Greg Shapiro is a very welcome addition.
Welcome to How to Be Dutch, the Quiz: the questions that SHOULD be on the Dutch citizenship exam, according to an American Netherlander, who’s been in the country for 20 years.
If you’re looking for an official guide to the Netherlands, this is not it. BUT if you’re looking for some odd Dutch quirks – in snarky quiz form – then this book is for you.
The official Dutch assimilation course can be described as ‘a room full of non-Dutch people learning things about Dutch people that are unknown to most Dutch people.’
If you want to take the official Dutch exam, you can do it online. You can also see the results of many famous Dutch people who’ve taken the exam – and failed. So welcome to this self-made quiz. It can’t be any weirder than the real one.
Gregory Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. Celebrating 25 years in comedy. He has catalogued his clumsy assimilation into Dutch culture with Boom Chicago Comedy Theater, BNRfm and Comedy Central.
Praise for How to Be Orange: an Alternative Dutch Assimilation Course:
‘Difficult topics are tackled with facts, sharp insights and often hilarious, personal anecdotes. How to be Orange is not an official guide book to Dutch culture, yet … essential reading.’
‘Shapiro holds up a hilarious mirror to Dutch society that magnifies all the stereotypes and shows you how you can look past them to become a true Dutch citizen.’
‘Humorous columns, funny illustrations, hilarious photos and observations. Very nice book.’
Netherlands Library Council
EERILY REAL FAKE-TRUMP
“Shapiro crawled into Trump’s skin and did a fantastic job. There is no shortage of Trump imitators, but Shapiro goes far beyond imitating a voice or physical gestures. He even creeps into Trump’s head and can, on the basis of a word or question from the audience, expand into a completely realistic tirade. The trick is that you never manage to finish a sentence and just have one thought flow into the next. Before you know it, there’s a beautiful, Trump-worthy word salad. It no longer has any meaning, but it works enormously well for generating laughs. Boom Chicago could make a whole show out of this.”
“What’s impressive is that he’s lived in Europe long enough to be well-informed of local politics.”
“Greg is full of confidence, charisma and English – peppered with Dutch. Ingredients are in perfect working order.”
“Shapiro storms through the polder culture at 130km per hour. He lands his blows with precision, but all the while you can tell he’s proud to be Dutch.”
Gregory Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. And the voice of Trump in the ‘Netherlands Second’ video with over 50 million views. Celebrating 25 years in comedy. With 20 years experience corporate speaking / hosting (Philips, Shell, Unilever, etc).
Shapiro has hosted events for the King of the Netherlands, French President Hollande, and NATO. Shapiro is known for his ‘Culture Shock Therapy’ master class. His two books How to Be Orange and How to Be Dutch: the Quiz are available internationally. Shapiro is producer and host of the YouTube show ‘United States of Europe’ – a ‘Daily Show’ for the EU. On his YouTube channel, he offers his video ‘How to Do a Trump Imitation, Even When You Have Large Hands.’
In 2019, Greg Shapiro presents his fifth solo show The Madness of King Donald: a Trump Tutorial. Shapiro is a long-time member of comedy theater Boom Chicago, celebrating 25 years with alumni such as Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele and Ike Barinholtz. He continues to perform at Boom Chicago with Pep Rosenfeld for the current events show Trump Up the Volume.
Shapiro came to the Netherlands in 1994 to help establish comedy theater Boom Chicago, after graduating from Northwestern University. In 2007 Shapiro hosted the TV show ‘Comedy Central News’ (because Dutch news is news too). He’s since worked with BNR fm, Time Out Amsterdam and BNN/VARA HumorTV. Shapiro also has 20 years experience in Corporate Speaking / Entertainment, with a specialization in hosting Green Events (Green Tech Summit, Koppert Biological Systems, Airports Going Green).
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