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Dutch Children Exposed to Mind-Altering Chemical Found in Zwarte Piet Makeup

Date: Monday, November 20, 2017
Category: Blog, News

Dutch Children Exposed to Mind-Altering Chemical Found in Zwarte Piet Makeup AKA ‘A ZWARTE PIET DRESS CODE FOR THE ZUIDAS HOLIDAY SEASON’ It’s that time of year again – for children to celebrate the saintly Saint Nicolaas, and for adults to claw each others’ eyes out debating Zwarte Piet. My recommended compromise dress code for Zwarte Piet 2017: Give Him a Beard. If you’re experiencing Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) for the first time, let’s review: YES, there’s a Dutch tradition […]

My High School Anniversary Theater Sex Scandal

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Category: Blog, News

My High School Anniversary Theater Sex Scandal 15 October, 2017 My high school theater teacher is in the news, accused of sexual abuse. Just in time for the 60th anniversary of the show he helped create: YAMO (Youth of America Marching On), the annual student-written show. Evanston HS Theater Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse I attended Evanston Township High School (ETHS) 1982-1986, during what could be called The Prime of Mr. (we’ll call him) C. My first YAMO was YAMO […]

Orange Is the New Green – Shapiro Backstage at More Dutch Corporate Events

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Category: Blog

Orange Is the New Green – Shapiro Backstage at More Dutch Corporate Events. (as seen in XPat Journal, Fall 2017 – xpatjournal.nl) Let me take you behind the scenes for a unique peek at the bizarrely revealing rituals known as ‘Dutch corporate events.’ Granted I’m just a comedian, but I do get some lovely, candid snapshots of Dutch companies in the raw. And the results are not what you might expect. For example, many Dutch companies are greener than you’d […]

Chris Rock TOTAL BLACKOUT Total Joy

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017
Category: Blog, News

Chris Rock TOTAL BLACKOUT Total Joy Yes, Chris Rock took my phone, but I took notes. Total Blackout was a Total Joy, his first solo show in 9 years. He referenced his earlier work, and took it further. He referenced Carlin’s classic routine, and took it further. I’d heard friends say this show was more of a confessional, less about the jokes. The show I saw was indeed a confessional, but there was no lack of jokes. He took it […]

The Time I Met Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, RIP

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Category: Blog, News

The Time I Met Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan  I met him twice, actually. The first time was in 2011, during troubled times. Geert Wilders was in the Dutch governing coalition, after calling Dutch society a ‘multi-culti nightmare.’ And then came the day VVD politician Frits Bolkestein suggested that Jews might want to leave the Netherlands because of an alleged Islamization: Islamic anti-Semitism getting out of control. As l luck would have it, that same day there was an […]

Funding ‘United States of Europe’… by selling my soul for corporate events

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Category: Blog, News

Funding my TV show …by selling my soul for corporate events – but they’re not all bad.  You may have noticed I’ve been recording outside the studio lately. That’s because, I’ve been busy funding the ‘United States of Europe.’ And by that I mean selling my soul for corporate events. As luck would have it, not all corporate events are evil and bad. For example, last week there was ‘Fake You Very Much.,’ an anti-Trump event – which was meant […]

Dutch Education: Burnout Early and Burnout Often

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Category: Blog, News

Dutch Education: Burnout Early and Burnout Often XPat Journal, Spring 2017 The assignment was simple. Write an essay on the question: ‘What is a burnout, and how can I avoid it?’ And by the way, ‘you have to write the essay while you’re juggling homework for eight other high school classes, extracurricular activities inside school and extra classes outside school. Not to mention the prospect of spending your puberty in the most judgmental environment imaginable, as opposed to, say, hiding […]

Greg Shapiro | ‘Trump is a Circus Barker’ | TROUW ‘Ik heb een droom’ column

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Category: Blog, News

In TROUW ‘Letter & Geest’ Magazine, there’s a column: ‘Ik heb een droom’ – an interview series about dreams. Here’s the translation. Interview: Noor Hellmann / Photo: Jörgen Caris GREG SHAPIRO | ‘TRUMP IS A CIRCUS BARKER.’ “Describing a dream in words is difficult, I find, because a dream is such a different experience than the stories we relate about waking life. Basic storytelling requires a protagonist, a central figure. But often in my dreams, I’m not anyone in particular. […]

My Viral Video ‘The Netherlands Welcomes Trump in his Own Words’ has more views than Trump’s inauguration

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Category: Blog, News

My Viral Video ‘The Netherlands Welcomes Trump in his Own Words’ has more views than Trump’s inauguration (as told to Vanity Fair magazine) http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/02/donald-trump-every-second-counts-parody-videos-greg-shapiro-shaun-streeter 1. How did you get involved in the Netherlands Second video? The ‘Netherlands Second’ video was a concept from Arjen Lubach’s show, ‘Zondag Met Lubach,’ which is the Dutch version of John Oliver ‘Last Week Tonight.’ I’ve known Arjen Lubach since he was a comedian with the improv group ‘Op Sterk Water.’ Meanwhile, I was working in […]

Brexit Explained in 5 Memes

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Category: Blog

Brexit Explained in 5 Memes Watch the Video: Tired of Donald Trump news? Try European politics! For example, Brexit – the European version of ‘Winter is Coming.’ Here’s all you need to bring you up to speed on Brexit situation in 5 memes. It all started in June 2016, when 52% of Brits voted to leave the EU, an increasing number of whom are having a hard time explaining why they voted that way. Or as TheOnion.com put it: Everyone […]