Greg Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. (And the voice of Trump in the ‘Netherlands Second’ video with over 50 million views online.) You may know him from Boom Chicago, Comedy Central, BNR, VPRO, ZDF, or from his YouTube show ‘United States of Europe.’
Shapiro is celebrating 20 years of performing for corporate events, mostly with: an orange theme; a political theme; or a green theme. As Moderator, he has hosted events for the King of the Netherlands, French President François Hollande, and NATO. As talk show host, he has impersonated Graham Norton (for Tommy Hilfiger); impersonated Seth Meyers (for Booking.com), and Matthijs van Nieuwkerk (for ING). As Keynote Speaker, he has performed on moving buses, student living rooms, and once in the Business Class section of a KLM 747 flying to Chicago.
In 2020, Shapiro debuted his third book THE AMERICAN NETHERLANDER: 25 YEARS OF EXPAT TALES. Greg came to the Netherlands to take a job for just one summer, and 25 years later he’s still here. So be warned: Dutch culture can be addictive. Greg came for work and stayed for love. Based on his clumsy assimilation into Dutch society, he has written two previous books: How to Be Orange, an Alternative Dutch Assimilation Course and How to Be Dutch: the Quiz. Now he gives a master class in cultural assimilation, known as ‘Culture Shock Therapy.’
In 2020, Greg Shapiro presented his sixth solo show LEAVING TRUMPLAND – Making America Democracy Again. Critics also loved Greg’s previous show The Madness of King Donald: a Trump Survival Guide. Theaterkrant gave it ‘Critic’s Choice,’ calling the show ‘a welcome Trump survival guide.’ The Madness of King Donald is now available on Spotify. Also, Greg is a long-time member of comedy theater Boom Chicago, celebrating 25 years with alumni such as Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele and Ike Barinholtz.
Shapiro spent his first 25 years in Chicago, studying theater at Northwestern University. In 1994, he came to the Netherlands to work for Boom Chicago comedy theater and inadvertently help trigger a Dutch comedy boom that produced Comedy Train, Comedy Cafe and De Lama’s. In 2007 Shapiro became a Dutch TV host on Comedy Central News ‘because Dutch news is news too.’ He has appeared on Dutch television shows such as GTST & ONM. And he has worked with BNR fm, Time Out Amsterdam, BNN/VARA HumorTV, and VPRO – where he helped Zondag met Lubach win the Dutch Televizier Ring.
Greg lives in Amsterdam with his artist wife Inez. He has two bilingual children and a Black Labrador who will lick you if she gets the chance. He recently bought a small barn in France with a big hole in the roof.