Boom Chicago, Amsterdam
Han & I are always on the look out for different things to do in Amsterdam, and as we both enjoy comedy we thought we'd try Boom Chicago comedy club as it is in English.
To be honest I can't say that I found it very amusing although parts of the show were alright. It is quite American in feel and most of the acts that evening were bourne out of improvisation using the audience ideas.
I felt the tickets were rather pricey between Euro 19.50 & Euro 23.50, drinks were served at your table throughout the show.
Dress Code: casual
Boom Chicago is an English-language comedy club located at Leidseplein.
I went there once with a group of friends and saw their 'Best of Boom Chicago show'.
It's actually really funny and witty performance.
A lot of their skits center around the unique characteristics and customs of the Dutch; like how dangerous it is to cross a street in Amsterdam, how Dutch will just continue to speak English to an American expat who is learning Dutch.
The other parts include among other, comedy news on current events and improvisation of songs and behaviour based on crowd's inputs.
They also serve food and drink during the show - can't really remember what I ate; presumably because I was too busy drinking and laughing :)
Ticket costs around $20 for the 2-hour show.
Boom Chicago at the Leidseplein Theatre is not a "quiet evening out" - expect to participate in the riotous activities of the performers (and be videoed doing it!!!!) It is hilarious (when it's happening to someone else hahahahah!) You should pre-book your tickets as it gets completely packed. We booked for "Rock Stars" Friday Late Nite (doors open 23.00pm) and paid 17.50E.
Check out this website for all Amsterdam entertainment listings - it's in English!
Dress Code: Anything
I had read a lot of reviews of the show of Boom Chicago and figured we would give it a try on our last trip. The show is mostly sketch comedy making fun of uptight Americans and “Dutch philosophy.” There is some audience participation and naturally I got picked. At the time we were there Bush had just been reelected and that was the focus of most of the show. I like political comedy, but that show beat the subject to death. Overall it was just OK. The food was good and we drank a lot of beer. A real plus is that they actually encourage you to pay with a credit card, which we did. Nice to go out and pay later. Not a bad choice if you want to do a planned activity one night and not overly expensive. Tickets run about 20 Euro with a pecial cheap show late night on Fridays.
Dress Code: No special dress code.
Sooooo Funny!!! Full of tourists mostly American and English, but also some locals. It was hilarious. Its a comedy club that was started some years ago by Americans. Be sure you can laugh at yourself and others, its comedy! The more time you spend in NL the funnier the show is because it comments on a lot of cultural differences. Its like a mix of SNL and who's line.
A little spendy with tickets around 20euro, plus drinks, but worth if you need some laughs and a something a little different to do in Amsterdam.
We had a good time at Boom Chicago....we wanted to try something different and this fit the bill....cost of the show midweek was $18.50 euro.. there are coupons all over for $3 euro off. We took that offer and quickly realized that this did not include the food....Dinner was and additional $22 euro...hmmm....we decided to eat off site and do Show only....we arrived at the end of the dinner and were sat close to the back..the place was almost full, if not sold out. Most were eating and seemed to be in large groups...stags perhaps, business parties too....
Anyway, great value for what we paid...drinks were served throughout the performance and we had a bill of $20 euro for drinks when all was said and done...the show lasted a couple hrs and was a good combination of music, video and some effects....of course, the performers were dressed up in costume...there were but 5 or 6 in the cast...the comedy - if youre wondering - is hilarious politacal satire...about europe and the dutch, british, US, ....canadians...not sure....kind of upset we didnt make the script........basically though they cut fun at everyone, all the way down to simply making jokes about men and women.....to us the show was very funny...light hearted....the price was great for the value.
Its an easy place to find and you can buy tickets right up to the day of the show at the box office. Now that I remember, the show was started by a group of Americans about 15 yrs ago.......cool.
Afterwards....The Last Water Hole is right across the street...open for sure....show ends around 10:30pm.
Dress Code: Casual...maybe a bit more dressy....a good pair of jeans and no sneakers...youll be fine....feel free to dress up a little more...
Boom Chicago is a funny, impormptu, comedy show by a group of Americans living in Amsterdam.
The funny part is that most of their stuff is unrehearsed, and they make it up on spot.
You can sit down and eat and drink and have a good laugh, most shows start at 7:30
Book in advance (esp if you're a big party)
Dress Code: Casual
What was in-yer-face comedy at Boom Chicago is now starting to get old/boring and becoming more like a tourist trap.
Shows change all the time. Much like having dinner at Saturday Night Live, but don't make eye-contact with the performers unless you want to become part of the show.
No one gets spared here, especially Americans. Here's an excerpt from
"Yankee Go Home - Americans & Why you Love to Hate Us"
"According to a poll in the Volkskrant, Americans (right behind Turks and Moroccans) are one of Holland’s least favorite minorities. Shapiro and Rosenfeld invite you to a show about loud, ignorant, self-righteous, Jerry Springer-watching, violent, hypocritical fat-asses with psycho foreign politics. And they're not going to stop until Americans climb past the Moroccans and the Turks and finish first. U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!"
Boom Chicago is an Amsterdam institution that performs all over the world. Our comedy shows mix good writing, quick thinking and high production values. We also create tailored performances for corporate events and special events.
Most people see us at the 300-seat Leidseplein Theater, where we perform (almost) every night. Come early for a great dinner and enjoy our full bars with shaken cocktails
this is a must see.the place called BOOM CHICAGO,and you can find it on the leidseplien square.
its a comedy show (improv)and a damn funny one at that. the actors take suggestions from the crowd and turn them into something very funny,the food is also very good and cheap.i tell you if your looking for a night of fun,laughter good food and beer go here.
you wont be dissapointed(a very funny night out)and is all in english.they also have a very chilled out bar area with a good mix of people this is for old and new folk,i took my father there hes 63 years old and i have never seen him laugh so much..so go and see it.
i advise you to take advantage of the meal deal here also,you get a choice two course meal and then get to see the show with the best views but get there before six o clock
Dress Code: anything go's,dress as you like.
I didn't really know what to expect of this show but I'm so glad I went. This is a very talented group of Improv Comedians who know how to entertain. Most of this show is hilarious! And, as expected, there is a lot of "Bush Bashing" involved. Loved it!
BTW, visiting a Coffeeshop ahead of time could help heighten it's entertainment value. But hey, you didn't hear that from me!
Dress Code: It's your typical Comedy Bar set up and atmosphere. Wear what you like.
Boom Chicago is a must see. A group of 10 Americans set up an Improv troop in the Leidseplein. Great show, plays to all three types in audiance (Americans, Europeans, and the Dutch). Food is absolutely fantastic. Buy tickets ahead of time
Boom Chicago is a dinner theater/comedy club that features a group of american expatriots performing improvisational comedy poking fun at their homeland and their audience members. You can either pay for dinner and the act, or just the act itself - my friend and i opted for just the act and wished that we had got the dinner after seeing the plates of our neighbors. This is also a good place to pick up one of their free magazines that has a map of the city and places of interest.
Dress Code: Casual.
If you are bored of going to dance clubs and coffee shops :P you can spend a different night at Leidseplein Theatre. The night starts early (at 18:00) and you can have your dinner there.
The ticket per person for Boomchicago Shows are in general 17 Euros. I don't remember whether the drinks were included or not. (I have justified reason: I was in Amsterdam, come oooonn!)
I have been to an improvised show which made everything funnier for the audiance.
The show is in English. The theatre has a capacity of around 300 people. So try to have a seat near the stage (which is dangerous as well because the comedians do not leave you alone he he he).
How to reach there (from their internet site):
By tram: Take number 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 or 10 to the Leidseplein.
R.I.P. Circle Tram 20.
By train: From Amsterdam Centraal Station,
take tram 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein.
After the show, train back to Utrecht frequently until 1:17am.
Then every hour leaving Amsterdam CS at :17 after the hour.
Train back to den Haag and Rotterdam often until 12:43am.
Then every hour leaving Amsterdam CS at :43 after the hour.
Other train times at www.ns.nl
By bike: Bike to the Leidseplein. Lock bike nearby. See show. Replace stolen bike.
By foot: Walk to the Leidseplein. Wipe feet on mat. Clean shoe grooves with sticks. Enter theater.
By car: Park at Q-Park (Tesselschadestraat 1) between the Marriott and Vondelpark. From there, walk to the Leidseplein.
Dress Code: No special dress code. However most of the clubs do not accept people with slippers (of course).
The Boom Chicago shows at Leidseplein are worth visiting. They're stand-up comedian shows that give you an American perspective on Dutch society. Shows run daily, and you can have dinner before the show. Dinners are ok but not special.
12 euro pitchers of beer are a good deal.
Dress Code: Casual is fine.