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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

Tailored Comedy

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.

Watch Greg’s Tailored Comedy  – see also Event Hosting


‘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.

Event Hosting

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.

Watch Greg as Event Host

‘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.

ACTING     –     Watch Greg Shapiro’s Acting
VOICEOVER – Listen to Greg’s Voiceovers

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

Comedy Training

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 (
Groups of 20 (KLM)
1-on-1 (TEDxAmsterdam)
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 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

School Tour

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
Recruitment Events


‘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


In 2004 – before there was a YouTube - 'Florida Voting Machine' reached 1 million views. By now Greg has his own channel. Subscribe!

Greg Shapiro Standup

United States of Europe & Vlogs

How to Be Orange LIVE show

Planet Netherlands

Volkskrant Review THE MADNESS OF KING DONALD: 4 STARS ‘Shapiro Is the Perfect Person to Give NL Trump Lessons’

Joris Henquet 18 February 2019, 14:04

Greg Shapiro Is the Perfect Person to Give the Netherlands Trump Lessons
(Four Stars)

Shapiro not only knows how to do Trump’s voice (known from the ‘Netherlands Second’ video from Zondag Met Lubach), but he also masters Trump’s hand gestures and his incoherent way of formulating sentences.

Greg Shapiro has exactly the right qualifications to make a comedy show about President Donald Trump for a Dutch audience. Shapiro (50) is an American who moved from Chicago to Amsterdam in 1994 to join the Boom Chicago improvisation comedy theater. That’s where he developed a good Trump imitation, which went viral worldwide in the ‘Netherlands Second’ video from TV program Zondag with Lubach.

Shapiro now kicks off a Dutch theater tour with an English-language show in which he gives a ‘Trump tutorial’ – a ‘survival guide to the collective madness we’ve been living through for the past two years’. With his presidential suit and a too-long red tie, Shapiro stands before a large video screen on which news photos and satirical images are shown.

The evening is creatively broken up into parts. Shapiro presents a five-point tutorial on how to better understand what Trump is really trying to say. About his accent: ‘He uses the typical words of a New Yorker, but he talks like a surfer from California. Exactly the two states where he has no chance of being elected.’ Shapiro later has Trump giving a State of the Union speech as a bingo game. As well as giving a press conference as Trump, with a witty improvisation for every random question.

Shapiro does not put on a wig, but still changes convincingly into Trump: not only his diction, but also his hand gestures and the incoherent way in which he formulates sentences are well done.

However depressing the actual news may be, the good-natured Shapiro continues to look for the ‘bright side’: we’ve survived Trump for two years already; surely we can manage for another two.

‘The Madness of King Donald’ by Greg Shapiro. Director: Michael Diederich. Seen on 12 February, Griffioen Cultural Center, Amstelveen. Tour continues to 7 April.

‘The Madness of King Donald’ by Greg Shapiro. Director: Michael Diederich. Seen on 12 February, Griffioen Cultural Center, Amstelveen. Tour continues to 7 April.
(translation Google / Shapiro) 

Greg Shapiro is de uitgelezen persoon om Nederland Trump-les te geven (vier sterren)

Shapiro weet niet alleen Trumps dictie te treffen (bekend uit Zondag met Lubach), maar ook diens handgebaartjes en de incoherente manier waarop hij zinnen formuleert.

Greg Shapiro. Beeld Adrie Mouthaan

Greg Shapiro heeft precies de juiste papieren om voor een Nederlands publiek een comedyshow over president Donald Trump te maken. Shapiro (51) is een Amerikaan die in 1994 van Chicago naar Amsterdam verhuisde om bij het improcomedygezelschap Boom Chicago te gaan spelen. Daarbij heeft hij een goede Trump-imitatie in huis, die de wereld over ging in het The Netherlands Second-filmpje uit tv-programma Zondag met Lubach.

Nu toert Shapiro langs de theaters met een Engelstalige show waarin hij een ‘Trump tutorial’ geeft, een ‘survivalgids voor de collectieve waanzin waarin we de afgelopen twee jaar zijn beland’. Strak in het pak en met een veel te lange rode stropdas staat Shapiro voor een groot videoscherm waarop nieuwsfoto’s en satirische beelden worden vertoond.

The Madness of King Donald’ door Greg Shapiro. Regie: Michael Diederich. 12/2, Cultuurcentrum Griffioen, Amstelveen. Tournee t/m 6/4.

De avond heeft creatieve onderdelen. Zo noemt Shapiro vijf punten over de manier waarop Trump communiceert, om hem beter te begrijpen. Over zijn accent: ‘Hij gebruikt de typische woorden van een New Yorker, maar hij praat als een surfer uit Californië. Precies de twee staten waar hij geen poot aan de grond krijgt.’ Later houdt Shapiro een bingo, waarbij hij als Trump een persconferentie geeft en aan elk willekeurig getal een geestige improvisatie koppelt.

Shapiro zet geen pruik op, maar kan toch overtuigend in Trump veranderen: niet alleen zijn dictie, maar ook zijn handgebaartjes en de incoherente manier waarop hij zinnen formuleert zijn goed getroffen.

Hoe deprimerend de besproken nieuwsfeiten ook zijn, de goedmoedige Shapiro blijft zoeken naar de ‘bright side’: we hebben al twee jaar Trump overleefd, dan komen we die volgende twee jaar ook nog wel door.

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How to Be Dutch: The Quiz.

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

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Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro

“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.”

Het Parool

“What’s impressive is that he’s lived in Europe long enough to be well-informed of local politics.”

De Volkskrant

“Greg is full of confidence, charisma and English – peppered with Dutch. Ingredients are in perfect working order.”

Arnhem Direct

“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.”

Het Parool

Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro

Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro

Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro

Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro

Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro

Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro

Foto: Gerrit de Heus. Voorburg. 08-06-2018. Greg Shapiro


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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).

Full CV on LinkedIn




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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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