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Boom Chicago

Rozentheater | Rozengracht 117, 1017 PT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
20 217 0400
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Type: Performances
Owner description: Boom Chicago is an Amsterdam comedy institution. One of the biggest show in the capital, the creative group is a "unique part of the Dutch comedy... more » Owner description: Boom Chicago is an Amsterdam comedy institution. One of the biggest show in the capital, the creative group is a "unique part of the Dutch comedy scene" (de Volkskrant) that "invented a totally new style of theater; call it digital comedy." (NRC Handelsblad) Although the show is in English, the majority of the audience is Dutch and local. The productions combine sketch comedy, improvisation, music, video and the internet in a way that is unique in the world and laugh out loud funny. Boom Chicago performs Wednesday through Saturday with a late show on Saturday as well. Most people come early to get a good seat and dinner packages are available with three nearby restaurants before the show. “Five stars -- Kill to get a ticket” – The Scotsman “Five stars -- Rapier like Wit” – The Guardian “Smart, fast, loud, irreverent… and surprisingly good food” – Wall Street Journal “Another victory for Boom Chicago…. very, very clever. Miss them at your peril” – The Independent “One of the best sketch and improv shows I have ever seen. Boom Chicago changed my life.“ – Time Out Chicago “A perfect combination of scripted scenes and improvisation… We are once again grateful that [Boom Chicago] decided to make Amsterdam their home.” – Het Parool « less
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We went here recently with visitors from Canada. I have been to the show many times myself, but not for a couple of years, and not since they left Leidseplein. I am a bit hesitant to give my opinion as it appears the organization responds defensively to negative feedback, however I would have to say based on this latest experience... More

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went buy on a Saturday to watch the show "what's up with those beards?". It was a mix of scripted performance and improvisation. Although I found that the show didn't really focus on the topics it used in its marketing (it was a lot more improv than prepared) it was still amusing and entertaining. I would consider going back... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We went to boom Chicago twice while we were in Amsterdam! The first time it was hilarious and we had a great time! The Improv was witty as were the sketches! The second time we went it was for the '7 Dutch deadly sins' this show was still funny and the comedians were very clever but I wouldn't recommend this... More

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MayorOfAmsterdam, Owner at Boom Chicago, responded to this review

Hi Roseabella, Thank you so much for your nice words. I'm glad you had such a good time. One small point of clarity. The 7 Deadly Dutch Sins is not in Dutch. There are some language jokes that we explain, but it is totally interesting to visitors. It is especially for people who want the locals experience (in English). It... More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We had tickets for a specific show, but when we came to Boom Chicago we heard that that show was cancelled that night. Instead we could visit a different show that night, and we also got free tickets for the original show anytime in the following weeks. So we thought that was very customer friendly. The shows were both really... More

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MayorOfAmsterdam, Owner at Boom Chicago, responded to this review

Hey Truedidi, We love five star reviews. Thank you very much for your comments! We will pass on the compliments to our bar staff. I don't quite see these complaints about food you mention. Also, we don't really serve food anymore and work with three neighboring restaurants. Yes we do high end (and medium end) events that need catering, and... More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Boom used to be a yearly treat for me, as was Amsterdam, but my visits to the city are less often these days and I haven't been to boom chicago in over 10 years, a thought that scared me a little as it really doesn't seem that long! Bought our tickets from the UIT festival which offered us a good... More

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Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We loved our visit of Chigago Boom's show - a whole new experience for us Germans, and it was funny as hell! we laughed so hard about the show and it was a perfect evening there! No future A'dam trip will be without a visit of these guys.

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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went to the 'What's up with those beards?' show. The bar was cheap and the seating upstairs was good. The show itself was a bit hit and miss (more hit than miss although the selfie stuff was not at all entertaining) and some of the improvised comedy was very good. All of the cast had a lot of energy... More

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Stornoway, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great improvisation! Like most comedy shows, if you don't want to get picked on don't sit down the front! Makes for a great night out. They do good deals. We went at Valentines and it was brilliant.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We attended Boom Chicago to see the I Attack of the Killer Bikes show. Tickets were available at the door and the show was only about one third full The show was entertaining, but it is not up to par with Second City or other well known improve troups. We laughed at most of the skits, but none of them... More

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Lappeenranta, Finland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Boom Chicago didn't let me down - this time either. I visited them already when they were on Leidseplain, and based on previous visit I had high expectations. I brough three first-timers with me, and we all enjoyed the show enourmously! Great fun in Amsterdam, in English!

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