Comedian. American. Dutchman. And the voice of Trump in the ‘Netherlands Second’ video with over 50 million views online. You may know him from Boom Chicago, Comedy Central, BNR, VPRO, ZDF, or from his YouTube show ‘United States of Europe.’
Shapiro is celebrating 25 years of performing for corporate events, mostly with an orange theme , a political theme, or a green theme. As Moderator, he has hosted events for the King of the Netherlands, French President François Hollande, and NATO. As talk show host, he has impersonated Graham Norton (Tommy Hilfiger), Seth Meyers (Booking.com), and Matthijs van Nieuwkerk (ING). As Keynote Speaker, he has performed on moving buses, student living rooms, and once in the Business Class section of a KLM 747.
Shapiro is known as ‘The American Netherlander.’ He gives a master class in cultural assimilation, known as 'Culture Shock Therapy.’ Greg came for work and stayed for love. His wife is Dutch, and she is responsible for helping get him his Dutch passport in 2004. Based on his clumsy assimilation into Dutch society, he has written two books: How to Be Orange, an Alternative Dutch Assimilation Course and How to Be Dutch: the Quiz - available internationally.
In 2019, Greg Shapiro presented his fifth solo show The Madness of King Donald: a Trump Survival Guide. Reviews were hugely positive, with Theaterkrant calling it ‘a welcome Trump survival guide.’ The comedy album comes to Spotify streaming in 2020.
Shapiro continues to perform at Boom Chicago with Pep Rosenfeld for the current events show Trump Up the Volume. He is a long-time member of comedy theater Boom Chicago, celebrating 25 years with alumni such as Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele and Ike Barinholtz.
Shapiro spent his first 25 years in Chicago, studying theater at Northwestern University. In 1994, he came to the Netherlands to work for just one summer at Boom Chicago theater. 25 years later, he’s still there. In 2007 Shapiro became a Dutch TV host on Comedy Central News‘because Dutch news is news too.’ He's since worked with BNR fm, Time Out Amsterdam, BNN/VARA HumorTV, and VPRO - where he helped Zondag met Lubach win the Dutch Televizier Ring.
Greg lives in Amsterdam with his artist wife Inez. He has two bilingual children and a black labrador who will lick you if she gets the chance. He recently bought a small barn in France with a big hole in the roof.