Stand-up comedy & cabaret in Amsterdam

As well as the local talents specialising in English-language comedy, frequently found at Boom Chicago, Crea and Toomler, there is a growing number of international stars stopping off in Amsterdam. Many of the UK's biggest stand-ups perform much more intimate shows here, at theatres like De Meervaart, DeLaMar and Toomler. While some of the biggest names from the US have been filling up arenas like Heineken Music Hall and the Ziggo Dome.

Alternatively, if your own language skills are somewhat broader, there is a thriving cabaret scene in Amsterdam. Many of the Netherlands' biggest stars are perpetually on tour and when they aren't on TV you can catch them in the city's intimate cabaret theatres. And occasionally you'll even catch cabaret talents from Germany coming over the border to perform German-language shows.