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“Awesome!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boom Chicago

Boom Chicago
Rozentheater | Rozengracht 117, 1016LV Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
+31 20 217 0400
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Boom Chicago Show in Amsterdam
Ranked #8 of 58 Fun & Games in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The creative group Boom Chicago is most famous for live comedy shows. Sharp, quick, and laugh out loud funny, Boom Chicago is fun. A Boom show is a mix of improv comedy, scenes, stand up, music and video. You are seated with your friends around tables and drinking is a part of the show. Afterwards there is music, pinball and parties in Bar 117. A rich past - over the past two decades, Boom Chicago has made locals and visitors laugh with great stage shows, TV programs (Comedy Central News) and viral videos. Boom Chicago has been the laughing pas for wonderful comedians. Boom Alumni write and star in shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers, SNL, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, 30 Rock, Mindy Project and Breaking Bad. Seth Meyers and Jordan Peele were recently featured on the covers of Time Magazine and selected two of 2014's most influential people. Boom Chicago is more than comedy shows. 22 years ago Boom Chicago's founders fell in love with the city, moved here and started the now-famous comedy institution. Boom Chicago's blog Urban Amsterdam (boomchicago[dot]nl/amsterdamblog/) is Boom's essential city guide. It gives visitors to Amsterdam the insider information you need to really get to know the city. Amsterdam is electric and fun to explore and Boom's blog will help you to do just that.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
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“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic little gem! A must when visiting Amsterdam especially as a couple, so funny. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome, the crew seemed really interested in getting too know us. On the front row there are leather sofas so we decided to sit there. Now I'm not saying they picked on the front row, but when your husband is really bantering with the cast, you have to expect it! He was dragged up on stage, which too partake in one of their sketches, it was hilarious!! Best night out of our whole stay!

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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“Fun night out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Boom Chicago is an English language theatre company, specialising in improvisational comedy. I'v been several times and the experience has varied form the very funny, to me mildly amusing, I actually prefer the shows which are a little more scripted, as opposed to the more unstructured improvisation.

Their look at the "inburgering cursus" (which I saw quite a few years ago) remains one of the funniest reflections on Dutch society I have seen. CSI Amsterdam I also recall with a smile. However, it is true to say that you need to know something about life in the Netherlands to fully appreciate some of the jokes.

Visited May 2013
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“A fun(ny) night out ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

A funky little place. Get there early & enjoy a drink and the old-school board & video games like foozeball, battleships & Mariokarts before the show. Like all Improv shows the better the audience participation, the better the comedy & these guys did a good job of keeping us laughing throughout.

The TA directions need to be changed (sent us to the old place when we tried to check it out earlier in the day)

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Great show, shame about 'some' of the audiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Went and saw a shot of improve, really enjoyed the show but unfortunately it was marred by one audience member who seemed to be so off her face I'm not convinced she actually new where she was, whooping and clapping at random moments and at one point she looked like she was going to get up and star dancing! Now don't get me wrong I'm all up for having fun, but it nor only put off the comedians but distracted the audience. Go to a comedy night to laugh, not to be laughed at.

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MayorOfAmsterdam, Owner at Boom Chicago, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Boy oh boy, that woman was drunk. She was the drunkest person I can remember at our show. We kicked her out, perhaps not soon enough.

Actually, it's amazing how little trouble we have with disruptive audience members. Luckily we usually attract a good crowd.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Tired roll out of easy stereotypes.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

You might think that after 20 years of living in Amsterdam Boom Chigago might be able to come up with more dynamic material. Easy stereotypes, thin impersonations and judgemental wisecracks. A lot has happened to the world in the last 20 years and we have finally become tired of crowing Americans. The sneering and ridicule really isn't funny any more. Time to go back home guys.

Visited February 2014
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MayorOfAmsterdam, Owner at Boom Chicago, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
I am sorry you did not like our show. As the director of the show, however, I have some issues with your review.

We seem to have hurt your feelings. You say our 'ridicule' isn't funny any more? As comedians, we are supposed to be 'judgemental.' Of course we have an opinion and a take on things. It's called The Seven Deadly Dutch Sins. That it sells out after 9 months (with no advertising) is due to excellent word of mouth.

You say 'we' are tired of 'crowing Americans?' We as in the Dutch people you are speaking for? And how many cocky Americans are there in Amsterdam commenting on Dutch society?

You refer to America's crimes of the past 20 years. Boom Chicago would like to officially apologize for George Bush, SUVs and hipster beards.

Go back home? This is home. I have lived in Amsterdam for twenty years, perhaps longer than you. You speak of our sneering and making easy stereotypes, yet your review shows those unpleasant traits.

There is an expression in Dutch about people who have long toes, i.e. those that are easily stepped on. That stereotype did not make it into the show, but maybe it applies here.

For those who do not want an (English language) show about Dutch society and Dutch people (and many visitors do), we have other shows that feature more improvisation comedy. The Seven Deadly Dutch Sins plays only on Fridays.
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