By Scott Roane
Over the past three years the Amsterdam Comedy Festival has become known as Holland’s leading English-speaking comedy festival. And if last year is anything to judge by, it certainly lives up to its reputation.
On three different stages, varying in capacity from 250 to 1,000 seats, the festival will host four or five comedians per stage, allowing the audience to zap between them for 30-minute bursts of, hopefully, side-splitting entertainment. Visitors pay a one-off entrance fee and can enjoy as many shows as they like. There are no reserved seats, so you might have to hang around for the more popular acts. However, as the maximum number of guests allowed per evening is 1,000, there shouldn’t be a capacity issue.
Some of the names from previous festivals who you might recognise from your home countries are Greg Giraldso, Jason Cokk, Ross Bennett, Steve Hughes, John Fealy, Reginald D Hunter and Pete Johansson. Confirmed for the coming season are Richard Herring, Brendon Burns, Earl Okin, Nick Helm, Wil Hodgson, Danny Bevins, David O’Doherty and Dave Fulton.
For more information about this year’s performances visit www.amsterdamcomedyfestival.nl
Location: De Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234a, Amsterdam
The 2011 Amsterdam Comedy Festival opens on May 27.
Start of ticket sales: May 1 (they will sell out, so buy as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment)