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Sep092009

Boom Chicago to Play New Amsterdam, Finally

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Boom Chicago performs regularly at the Leidseplein Theater in Amsterdam | Photo: Plug 1

Boom Chicago, the venerable European improv- and sketch-comedy group, will make its New York City debut at The New Island Festival this week. The festival will take place on New York City's Governors Island, and according to the official web site, alumni Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis will be joining Pete Grosz and Jordan Peele for a Boom Chicago All-Stars night of improv on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Boom Chicago was founded in Amsterdam in 1993 by Andrew Moskos, Jon Rosenfeld and Ken Schaefle, who named the show after their hometown. The show was originally aimed at tourists, but today it has become a part of Amsterdam's locals' scene and one of the Netherlands' most famous comedy institutions. Alumni have gone on to Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, 30 Rock, Breaking Bad and Mad TV. Boom Chicago also developed the popular Comedy Central News for Comedy Central (NL) and some of the biggest viral videos on the web.

The New Island Festival is part of NY400, a celebration to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage from Amsterdam to New York Harbor.

Some of the more notable alumni of Boom Chicago include: Seth Meyers, Josh Meyers, Ike Barinholtz, Jordan Peele, Colton Dunn, Dan Oster, Jason Sudeikis, Liz Cackowski, Allison Silverman, Pete Grosz, Kay Cannon, Tami Sagher, Nicole Parker and Greg Shapiro

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Hats off to them! Are they related to Bobby Chicago?
September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersoce

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