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Would EU Have a Refugee Crisis if the President Could Speak?

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Category: Blog, News

3 Ways the State of the EU Is Lame In politics, they say ‘Never waste a crisis,’ and this Refugee Shitstorm is the perfect opportunity for the EU to assert its indispensability. EuroComm President Jean-Claude JUNCKER even gave a Big Annual Speech in EuroParliament, announcing an EU refugee QUOTA system. But I’m guessing you didn’t hear about it. WHY DID NO ONE HEAR ABOUT THIS? 3 Reasons the ‘State of the European Union’ SOTEU speech is Bush League. WATCH, Click THRU to YouTube, SUBSCRIBE

‘You People All Look the Same’ – Shapiro the Racist, part 3

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Category: Blog, News

‘You People All Look the Same’ – Shapiro the Racist, part 3 For the first time in 5 years, I’m not touring a solo show, and I’m loving it. Instead, I’m just doing standup in my local cafe on the odd Tuesday night, and it’s PayWhatYouLike. Last Tuesday I did my ‘How to Be European’ show, where I riff on headlines & try out material for the weekly ‘United States of Europe’ show.               […]

Episode 1: United States of Europe

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Category: Blog, News

Why is there no ‘Daily Show’ for the EU? Every day, there’s ridiculous politics coming out of Brussels, and no one is ridiculing it – until now. We’re starting weekly, and we’d love your feedback. This week we link the Ashley Madison hacking scandal from US to EU & back. WATCH, SUBSCRIBE!

7 Fringe Things I Will Never Do Again

Date: Friday, August 28, 2015
Category: Blog, News

7 Fringe Things I Will Never Do Again 28 August, 2015 Some of the following experiences make me never want to do another Fringe festival. Some make it so I can’t wait to do it again. Which side will win? 1) Performing for babies. It was a standup show, for grownups. But it was called ‘Welcome to Clown Town,’ and it was at 2:30pm – right after a kids show. Of course, all the kids stuck around. 5 minutes before […]

6 Memorable Jokes, a Week Later: Ed Fringe 2015

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015
Category: Blog, News

6 Memorable Jokes, a Week Later: Ed Fringe 2015 I had to leave the Edinburgh Fringe early (thank goodness, I have work). But the whole experience repeats and repeats in my ear… Here are some of the jokes that still reverberate a week later (to the best of my memory). I’ve given full credit. Please go see their shows. And there are a couple where you’ll just have to buy a ticket to hear the whole thing. First up is […]

6 Reasons Why I Love My Disastrous Fringe 2015

Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
Category: Blog, News

6 Reasons Why I Love My Disastrous Fringe 2015 1) Yes, I lost my venue at the Edinburgh Fringe. But I gained it back, in the form of Freestival’s godforsaken New Waverley Arches. Yes, it looks like a construction pit. But before it becomes glass & steel Gap shops, this construction area is actually an historic site, open to the public for the first time in 150 years. Does it look like a proper venue? You decide: 2) Here’s what it looked […]

5 Reasons Why My Fringe is a Disaster, and I Love It.

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Category: Blog, News

First came the Cowgatehead news: my Freestival venue fell through. But it was replaced by the newly opened, historic New Waverley Arches. Okay. Second, my housing fell through. But it was also quickly sorted. So – what’s the ‘Magic Rule of Three’ bad news coming next? My venue isn’t ready. Am I doing the show anyway? Oh, yes. Why? 5 reasons. 1) The city’s plan is to turn the Arches into glass & steel Gap stores. But in the meantime, […]

The Fringe is Miserable, and I Love It

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Category: Blog, News

The Edinburgh Fringe is a tempestuous mistress. My first Fringe in the 90s involved a lot of standing around in the rain, hangovers, head colds, and a neck injury from an ill-advised joke pratfall down a double decker bus stairwell. Come to think of it, there was a good bit of misery… But that’s not what stands out in my memory. The Fringe that stays with me is the joy of getting laughs from a foreign audience. The thrill of a […]

The EU Must Choose: Accept the Browning, or Say Goodbye to your Standard of Living.

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Category: News

11 January, 2015 Terror attacks in Paris. Anti-Immigrant protests in Germany. Is Europe losing its mind? Maybe not. While Mainstream Europe can’t get excited about things like voting, at least this past week shows unity in expressing what Mainstream Europe is NOT. We’re not right-wing fundamentalists. We’re also not left-wing fundamentalists. (Most people condemning Charlie Hebdo for its non-PC imagery seem a lot like Thought Police.) We do believe in freedom of speech. We do believe in law and order. […]

Hollands Glorie – Shapiro ‘Dutch Language’

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Category: News

As a resident of the Netherlands for the past 20 years, I still feel a bit silly when I speak this language called Dutch. And I still can’t tell if it’s the language itself, or if it’s just me. Certainly, judging by how people react, the way I speak the language is ridiculous. I fully respect the right of Dutch people to expect me to speak the native language. Yet, when I do speak Dutch, they often beg me to […]