Greg Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. And the voice of the ‘Netherlands Second’ video with over 50 million views online. Shapiro the comedian is known for his standup and improv shows, starting at Boom Chicago comedy theater, as well as on TV & online. He has appeared on Comedy Central, BNR, VPRO, ZDF, and on his YouTube shows ‘United States of Europe’ and ‘Climate News Comedy.’
Shapiro is celebrating 25 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. Shapiro as Talkshow Host has impersonated Graham Norton (Tommy Hilfiger), Seth Meyers (Booking.com), and Matthijs van Nieuwkerk (ING). And 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 the creators of Ted Lasso.
Shapiro spent his first 25 years in Chicago, studying theater at Northwestern University. In 1994, he came to the Netherlands to work at Boom Chicago theater. In 2004, Shapiro became a Dutch citizen. In 2007 Shapiro became a Dutch TV host on Comedy Central News “because Dutch news is news too.” He’s since worked with BNR fm and Time Out Amsterdam, which proclaimed him ‘Hero of Amsterdam’ in 2009. He has also worked with 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.
For examples of Shapiro’s previous work, see:
Greg Shapiro’s Web Archive
Want examples of Shapiro’s online work?
Greg Shapiro’s YouTube channel