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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.

FOUR STARS: ‘Greg Shapiro Is the Perfect Person to Give the Netherlands Trump Lessons’ – Volkskrant

CRITIC’S CHOICE: ‘A Welcome Trump Tutorial and Survival Guide‘ – Theaterkrant

FOUR STARS: ‘Witty, Original and Surprising Show’ –


“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

Greg Shapiro in “Maybe Trump Is a Visionary” an interview for THE MADNESS OF KING DONALD

Greg Shapiro in “Maybe Trump Is a Visionary”
– an interview for THE MADNESS OF KING DONALD
KASPER HERMANS 5 March, 2019

Een soort herdoorbraak werd het voor Greg Shapiro, toen hij ruim twee jaar geleden voor Zondag Met Lubach het inmiddels wereldberoemde The Netherlands Second-filmpje insprak. De Nederlands-Amerikaanse komiek gebruikt zijn imitatie van de president van de Verenigde Staten nu dagelijks voor zijn eigen show The Madness Of King Donald, waarmee hij door Nederland toert.

The Madness Of King Donald. Die titel doet vermoeden dat het een eenzijdige show is, waar supporters en sympathisanten van de Trump niks te zoeken hebben. Toch hoopt Shapiro dat ze niet wegblijven. „Ik heet je van harte welkom. Er is de kans om iets uit de zaal te roepen, een beetje als een debat eigenlijk. Ik had van de week in Winschoten iemand die na afloop zei: ‘Ik kwam hier met mijn vrienden want zij zijn Trump-haters, maar ik vind dat hij wel degelijk wat ideeën heeft die het waard zijn om naar te luisteren. Het is te makkelijk om hem gewoon belachelijk te maken.’”


„Dat is direct een soort valkuil voor mij”, geeft Shapiro toe. „Ik probeer mijn politieke voorkeur niet weg te stoppen. Ik heb zelf gestudeerd aan de Northwestern University in Chicago. Zij staan bekend om de uitspraak: ‘State your bias.’ Vertel over je vooringenomenheid. Er bestaat niet iets zoals pure objectiviteit en iedereen heeft zijn eigen manier van waarnemen. Ik probeer daarom ook een dialoog te hebben in mijn show.”


„Als comedian moet ik toegeven dat het een gouden tijd voor ons is. Je had vorige week de jaarlijkse Republikeinse conferentie en elk jaar wordt het weer een beetje gekker. Dan vertelt hij dingen over windenergie en de Democraten. Soms moet ik zijn woorden gewoon voorlezen met een Trump-stem. Dan zeggen mensen: ‘Dat heb je geniaal bedacht.’ Nee, dat zei Trump zelf. Letterlijk! Maar misschien zitten we er wel helemaal naast en blijkt hij straks een visionair te zijn geweest.” Shapiro wijst daarvoor naar het verleden. „Vroeger toen Columbus zei: ‘Ik ga met een boot naar India varen, maar ik doe het door helemaal de verkeerde kant op te gaan.’ Toen moet iedereen hem ook volledig voor gek hebben verklaard. Hij ontdekte uiteindelijk een prachtig continent en in Amerika hebben ze nu een feestdag naar hem vernoemd.”
Rechts geluid

In de Verenigde Staten zijn er tal van comedyprogramma’s die gretig gebruiken maken van fragmenten met Donald Trump. John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Steven Colbert, Trevor Noah en nog een paar zijn echter allemaal links georiënteerd. Vanuit de rechtse hoek zijn er weinig tegenhangers. „Ik weet niet waardoor dat komt. Er zijn wel pogingen gedaan door rechtse comedians. Je kan een Dennis Miller noemen. Hij maakt wel grappen over de linkse politici. Maar ze doen het meer op de radio denk ik en niet zozeer op televisie.” Shapiro ziet een ander soort humor bij de rechtse tegenhangers. „Het is meer punching down. Ik moest een keer optreden voor de nieuwe Amerikaanse ambassadeur in Nederland, Pete Hoekstra. Na afloop kreeg ik te horen dat het heel eenzijdig was en dat ik geen grappen had gemaakt over Hillary Clinton. Toen dacht ik: ‘Hillary is toch niet meer relevant. Ze was de verliezer.’ Zelf vind ik punching down niet zo grappig, dat is zo snel achterhaald. Maar misschien snap ik het gewoon niet.”

In het Nederlandland komt Shapiro – mogelijk dankzij de naam van zijn show – toch vooral tegenstanders van Trump tegen. „Ik was heel benieuwd, toen ik wat meer het land in ging. De eerste previews waren in de Randstad. Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag. Toen ging ik een week geleden ineens naar het theaterweekend Zevenaar. Dat was niet zozeer een verschil in humor, maar wel in stijl. De mensen komen meer naar je met het idee dat ze naar cabaret gaan kijken. Ik moet dan zorgen dat ik het publiek zo ver krijg om met mij mee te gaan. Wat overal in het land geldt, is dat het publiek goed geïnformeerd is. Ik verbaas me nog steeds hoeveel Nederlanders er op de hoogte zijn van het nieuws in de Verenigde Staten. Niet alleen over Trump, maar ook over de Democraten. Zo zijn meer mensen bezig met de verkiezingen van 2020 in Amerika, dan met de provinciale Staten en zeker dan met de Europese verkiezingen.”


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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

Press Reviews Photos

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




As of 1 March, 2019 Greg Shapiro is represented by Performer Agency.
For requests and other information, please contact:

Performer Agency
Oren Schrijver / Gila Siero
Willem de Zwijgerlaan 117 HS
1056 JJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

+316 41526192

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