It is summer 2017. We (Comedy Walks founders Laura and Erik) are renting a tiny room at a beautiful 17th-century canal house in the center of Amsterdam. Every day, there is a crowd of young tourists gathered around a tour guide in front of our apartment. Each and every time, we notice that the tour guide is unable to keep the attention of his audience as people look either bored or at their mobile phone.
Laura sighed to Erik: “Why can’t it be funny, why not use a comedian as a city guide?” Erik, an experienced improvisation comedian himself, immediately realized the potential of this idea, namely a stand-up comedy show with the city as a stage. That is the moment the Comedy Walks seed popped, literally born out of our frustration with conventional, rather boring city walks.
Barely six months later, the very first try-out of Comedy Walks took place with stand-up comedian Tim van’t Hul. It was the beginning of January 2018. It was cold and dark and the audience only consisted of critical comedians. Nevertheless, Tim passed the test with flying colors. Nowadays we run Comedy Walks in Amsterdam, Washington DC, Berlin and very soon in Alkmaar and Utrecht.
We are on a mission
We believe that the mission of any enterprise, whether non-profit or commercial, should be geared toward making the world a little better. We have seen that profit maximization doesn’t get the best out of people and often results in a few winners and many losers. We wanted to do it differently. We are confident that if we maximize the fun for our customers, the comedians we work with and our own fun, the revenues will follow. Happiness and fun maximization are key!
How Comedy Walks makes the world a little better
Well, we make people laugh and have fun together. Did you know that laughing relieves physical tension, decreases stress hormones and boosts your immune system cells (T-cells)? Try a deep belly laugh and you are even working your abs! Laughing instantly improves your well-being at multiple levels. At the same time we allow comedians to make money with their creativity and passion and as a result improve their well-being. People who laugh and people who follow their passion are happy people. Happy people create a happy world, a better world.
How does it work?
Very simple, via Book Your Walk or the Book Now button you can select a city. Currently, we run Comedy Walks in Amsterdam and Washington DC. Soon we will add Berlin to the list. After you select the city you can access the calendar with all the available tours. The costs per ticket is €16,50 (in Europe) and $20 in the USA. We recommend a minimum age of 16. Don’t wait too long, some Comedy Walks sell out very quickly!
Immediately after your booking you will receive the conformation and ticket(s) by email. At the indicated place and time you will meet your comedian and the rest of the audience. Add fun to your city trip and book your Comedy Walk today!
Good to know!
Comedians enjoy full artistic freedom when designing their Comedy Walk. Consequently, each Comedy Walks is unique. So very soon you can put a Comedy Walk on your list of fun things-to-do for each and every city you will visit.
Can I book a private tour?
Absolutely! For private tours you click either Book Your Walk or the Book Now button. Indicate the city of choice and click the item private tours. You can now see the contact details of the person in charge of organising private tours for your selected city.