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Oh, Hello on Broadway

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Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney channel their beloved, 70-something alter egos known for their turtlenecks, misinformed beliefs, and tendency to say "Oh, hello!" This Off-Broadway hit transfers to the Main Stem.

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Kroll and Mulaney developed Faizon and Geegland after spying two men wearing turtlenecks and blazers at The Strand bookstore purchase separate copies of an Alan Alda book. They followed the men into a coffee shop to observe them, and soon decided to host a comedy show as these unwittingly hilarious eccentrics. After years of playing the characters on the road and Off-Broadway, they bring these two bachelors back to their NYC roots under the direction of Tony nominee Alex Timbers.

 


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72
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90
The New York Times

"Stupendously entertaining...There are lots of bad puns on tuna and even more jokes that qualify as politically incorrect...Consider that as a trigger warning, if you must, but I find it hard to imagine anyone’s taking offense. That’s because, like most good theater, 'Oh, Hello' exhales the transporting joy of actors becoming someone else so completely and infectiously that on some level we become them as well and adopt whatever warped worldview they’re selling us." Full Review

85
Theatermania

"Audiences will laugh uproariously at their clownish behavior...Under the direction of Alex Timbers, the jokes are sharper, the flow more efficient, and the design considerably more extravagant...Each performance features a different guest, giving Kroll and Mulaney an opportunity to improvise and riff—and they're often funnier doing that than when they're delivering scripted material...'Oh, Hello' turns out to be a bottomless well of funny." Full Review

70
Variety

"Sloppy, silly, occasionally inspired...'Oh, Hello' might not be the show to win over new enthusiasts...There’s no defining theme to the show, and the humor is all over the map. The core component of their act is pure character comedy...Is the material of this show really that uneven, or is the production still evolving? With the duo’s improv skills and their packed houses, 'Oh, Hello' could develop into a production format that would be all its own—and genuinely original." Full Review

70
BroadwayWorld

"The ninety-minute evening allows for bits of improvisational riffing and Kroll and Mulaney have perfected a loose chemistry that plays on a low-key level...While fans of Kroll and Mulaney will no doubt eat it up, 'Oh, Hello on Broadway' tends to lose some steam during the last half-hour...The fact that something as non-traditional and New York-centric as an evening with George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon can play the Lyceum is a welcome sign for the creative health of Gotham's theatre scene." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"'Oh, Hello on Broadway,' directed by goofy-smart prince Alex Timbers, stretches the shtick to 95 minutes of metatheatrical horseplay...The internal logic gets foggy, but 'Oh, Hello' is really about watching Kroll and Mulaney do high-level tag-team comedy, in the great tradition of Mike Nichols and Elaine May and Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. If some of the tuna seems a bit canned, both comedians are superb improvisers...They make mustiness new, and they’re a New York City must." Full Review

85
The Hollywood Reporter

"The funniest show in town...Don't go looking for much of a plot in this stand-up comedy routine dressed up as theater...The evening is structurally ragged, composed of tenuously related blackout sketches, improvised bits, and an interview segment featuring a different special guest at every show...Not all the jokes land...The show could use some pruning. But it hardly matters when the jokes come this fast and furious." Full Review

70
New York Magazine / Vulture

"The jokes are excellent...It’s the kind of nonsensical set-up that leaves the writers maximum latitude as to what they can build, but it also limits how strongly they can build it. The result is both delightful and shaggy, pointed and unmemorable. Most of the delight and pointedness come from the exemplary verbal polish of the scripted material...The 90-minute evening is already a mite too long, and if it weren’t for a few stand-alone bits, 'Oh, Hello' might be too soggy to enjoy." Full Review

90
NY1

"A Comedy Central cult act created by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Gil and George are curmudgeonly wannabe artists still waiting for their big break...Directed with a keen sense of the absurd by the brilliant Alex Timbers, 'Oh, Hello' is extremely funny stuff, veering from satirical wit to wackadoodle zaniness. Kroll and Mulaney have honed these grotesques for years and 90 minutes is almost too little time in their creepy company." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"Strap yourself into the roller coaster and ride along for ninety-five minutes of hilarious insanity or insane hilarity, take your pick...The scenery—designed by Scott Pask—is full of jokes, including some real belly laughs...Alex Timbers directs; or perhaps we should say he successfully manages to keep up with his actors (who seem to be unrestrainedly improvising along the way)...It starts out funny and moves past hysterical to sublime." Full Review

85
The Guardian (UK)

"This show is messy, puerile, crass, and wildly indulgent...It is also uproariously, stomach-achingly funny...The show probably shouldn’t work as well as it does. Kroll and Mulaney don’t always play the characters consistently (when it seems like too much effort, they just play themselves) and they crack themselves up habitually. But the pleasure they take in the exercise is obvious and infectious...The writing, though variable, has more than its share of semi-precious gems." Full Review

80
Theater Life

"Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland of 'Oh, Hello on Broadway' are refreshingly crotchety. For those unfamiliar with these cantankerous oldsters, Gil and George are bizarre creations of 30-something comics Nick Kroll and John Mulaney...The structure of their two-man show is loosey-goosey...Director Alex Timbers keeps the daffy duo on a relaxed leash, allowing them to romp and jump but not run out of control...Anyone with a taste for tangy humor should see 'Oh, Hello.'" Full Review

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DC Theatre Scene

"I was surprised at how little I laughed...Not quite a real play with a plot, but also not quite a series of comedy sketches. It’s reminiscent of 'Wayne’s World,' but without the narrative consistency, and 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' but without the colorfully inventive design...It’s 100 anarchic minutes of shtick and weirdness and one-liners and scenes that mock the idea of scenes....Much of 'Oh Hello' struck me as inside jokes that everybody in the audience seemed to get except me." Full Review

85
Front Row Center

"There is the barest thread of a story line here and these two give it a nod every once in awhile...Mostly they wander off the reservation and tell stories or offer observations on everything from Lenny Kravitz‘s private parts to a childhood friendship with Robert Durst...About halfway through this show you realize you are never going to catch up so you let go of the reins and hang on for the ride. You realize that you have spent the better part of the past 70 minutes laughing." Full Review

85
Broadway Blog

“Gil and George’s language constantly subverts expectations as ordinary remarks take extraordinary turns. There are simple malapropisms, like saying ‘home page’ for ‘homage,’ while many words are mispronounced by accenting the wrong syllable. Where Gil and George are concerned, the Marx Brothers can’t be far behind, although without this show’s scatological and raunchy humor. Even the Marxes never had a love affair with a raccoon, though, much less impregnated one.” Full Review

85
AM New York

"Intended for aging, oddball, scruffy, cranky, culturally (if not authentically) Jewish New Yorkers—and anyone else who identifies with or appreciates the same demographic...There is a wisp of a story line and even a dream ballet, but 'Oh, Hello' is primarily a vehicle for the duo to kvetch and kvell about everything under the sun and long nostalgically for the bygone days of New York in the 1970s...'Oh, Hello' is 95 minutes of politically incorrect, gleefully silly fun." Full Review

85
Talkin' Broadway

"The entire 100-minute evening is pointless, and evinces no socially or theatrically redeeming value I could detect. And yet I loved every single second of it...Despite its innumerable failings, it is insanely hilarious. And, considering that it never for a moment wants to be anything else, and that everything everyone involved does with it is in pursuit of that goal and no other, it unfurls with the unshakable confidence of a no-holds-barred success—and, in turn, becomes one." Full Review

5
Times Square Chronicles

"This act, by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, consists of two curmudgeonly old men...Personally I don’t get it and the emperor has NO clothes...A series of comedy sketches, where the two try to crack each other up and do most of the time. By the way, unprofessional. There is no plot, arc, nor is it funny. I laughed at maybe one joke. What you get is 100 minutes of stupidity...It’s all an inside joke, that I seriously do not get! By the way, a lot of the audience does not get it either." Full Review

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Deadline

“The less said, the better. A hoary vaudeville masterminded and performed by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, their Upper West Side alter kockers have ’em rolling in the aisles of the Lyceum Theatre with politically incorrect jokes, interspecies copulation, Norm Crosby-style malapropisms, idiosyncratic mispronunciations, and a tuna sandwich that would do the soon-to-be-departed Carnegie Deli proud. The whole thing is exceedingly idiotic or possibly just too cool for me.” Full Review

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New York Daily News

"Gil and George have written a play, and it's aswirl with jokes and jabs at actors, stage hokum and overripe clichés. The crotchety geezers bat that around for a while, then launch into NY and personal history...The trio’s chat roams from babies and being Jewish to flexing biceps...There are moments that had me in stitches, but the show’s so shapeless and shaggy that it doesn’t add up to much." Full Review

65
CurtainUp

"For Kroll and Mulaney's many fans, 'Oh, Hello' is a winner...If the jokes overshadow the plot, that will suit them just fine...Anyone who, like me, comes to the Lyceum as Kroll-Mulaney virgins, will have a harder time getting into their brand of wacky, often in-your-face humor. Still, the very genuine chemistry between these guys does give a dash of charm to their shticky trajectory...I can't say that 'Oh, Hello' ever quite escaped its improv-sketch comedy roots for me." Full Review

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The Wrap

"The big problem with 'Oh, Hello' is that Mulaney doesn’t deliver. He’s neither the classic straight man who sets up the zany alpha male (Kroll) nor is he an even mildly amusing caricature in his own right...Promises to be much raunchier and offensive than it ever delivers...Often resembles a 'Pee-wee’s Playhouse' for the post-millennial crowd. No surprise, it’s directed by Alex Timbers, who brought 'The Pee-wee Herman Show' to Broadway a few seasons ago and has never recovered." Full Review

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Newsday

"What’s 'Oh, Hello on Broadway' doing on Broadway? You may well ask. Depending on your threshold for the shaggy ridiculous, you may well keep asking yourself during much of the wildly uneven 95 minutes...The show bungees around with absurd, occasional cleverness, with dated references to Blue Man Group and softball observations about theater cliches....Timbers encourages a breathless pace that suggests we are not meant to ponder too long on any of the foolishness." Full Review

65
CitiTour

"The theater in-jokes are a hoot...But this is hardly a highbrow affair. Some of the more hilarious moments involve Gil’s risque relationship with a racoon...Their humor might not be the best fit for Broadway. Some of it seems too subtle and New Yorker-y for mass tourist appeal. 'Oh, Hello on Broadway' may be most appreciated by folks who’ve already been introduced to this odd couple. For those just meeting them, it’s an awfully long first date." Full Review

70
NorthJersey.com

"They're smart and very funny–at times. But, over 95 minutes, there is also a fair share of clunkers, bottom-drawer lines...And in a show as loosely constructed as this, without a strong through line to carry interest past bumpy moments, the evening rises and falls joke by joke...For the person who comes to the theater innocent of knowledge of Kroll and Mulaney, their extended sketch of a show will likely depend on how he or she responds to a pair of cantankerous elder citizens." Full Review

70
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"I find Kroll and Mulaney funnier in manner and outrageousness—they are very good comics—than in much of their material. However, they often exhibit very savvy comments reflecting knowledge of theater, culture and politics...The sort of humor that will arouse laughter in some and possibly make others uncomfortable. One can say that these cut-ups are an acquired taste...Alex Timbers directs the show with a clear understanding of what makes these entertainers funny." Full Review

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81
Avg Score

60
Insipid, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of this two comedians that I had no idea who they where and I didn't find them funny.

Don't see it if you like good fun comedy, not local comedy that you won't understand the jokes.

Also It was a dialogue where the actors interchange jokes and experiences o... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Clever, Fluffy, Uneven, Rambling

See it if you love theater-insider humor. George and Gil can be wearing, but also hilarious. The one-sided phone call is a highlight.

Don't see it if you want plot or even consistent characters. Even when G&G annoy, you root for them. Q: What does the theater do w all that leftover tuna?

80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Theater riffs

See it if You like clever allusions to theater tropes and are forgiving of humor using stereotypes

Don't see it if You are disgusted by shtick

Also I thought I wasn't going to be able to stand this, but chucked and lau... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. They are at their best portraying Gil and George. You will laugh all the way through!

Don't see it if you dont like over the top antics, plots that dont necessarily lead anywhere or want a play dealing with serious topics

76
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of comedy and are looking to laugh or if you are a fan of either Nick Kroll or John Mulaney.

Don't see it if If you are looking for more traditional theater or something with a storyline.

86
Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are fans of Nick Kroll or John Mulaney. Their characters are ridiculously funny. Much fun with so many inside jokes about NYC.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play, if you're not a fan of their humor, if you're easily offended or if the NYC humor will go over your head.

100
Funny, Clever, Must see, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You love comedy and want to see a unique play.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh.

91
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if I never stopped smiling. Their content was relevant and engaging, their acting was superb!

Don't see it if You don't like comedians/people making fun of the theatre. They often break the fourth wall.

50
Overrated

See it if you like the comedians.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

85
Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you love comedy, and are specifically familiar with the characters created by John Mulaney and Nick Kroll.

Don't see it if you're going in blind and expect to see a "classic" Broadway play. This is much more of an 90 minute skit by two of comedies freshest voices

Also Unlike anything I've seen on Broadway, in the best way! These characte... Read more Read less

93
Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You're a fan of either of these comedians, are a New Yorker who appreciates the city's idiosyncrasies

Don't see it if You're not ok with something that's at least partially a vanity piece, with some more indulgent moments thrown in

50
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy the work of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.

Don't see it if you don't like predictable, conventional jokes; if you haven't had at least 4 drinks (audience laughs even if they don't understand it)

75
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fun, Goofy

See it if like the comedian stars--the show is like an extended SNL skit; it is often hilarious, and is funny throughout.

Don't see it if Don't like sketch comedy, aren't a fan of Mulaney or Kroll

93
Funny, Clever, Epic

See it if you like strong contemporary stand up. If you like to chase thrill off "who's our special guest?" Weak story grafted on very funny riffs

Don't see it if you cannot sit for possibly 2+ hours without a break.

75
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the kvetching of these characters that came from The Kroll Show

Don't see it if you dont like the comedy of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.

100
Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You are a theater nerd or a comedy nerd or live on the Upper West Side

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh

49
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You know and enjoy the sketch on which it is based.

Don't see it if You want original or sophisticated comedy

69
Funny, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You need an antidote to the news with 2 handed bantering jokes and enjoy a broader broadway audience with guffawing millennials!

Don't see it if You don't like vaudeville style comedy as a Broadway show. There is a joke for everyone but you you have to sit through all of them.

Also Our guest was not a star but an audience member impressed with herself... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to have a fun night out!!

Don't see it if You prefer a musical... although they do a sing every now and then.

60
Funny, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy The Kroll Show and enjoy an absurd, non-sensical humour.

Don't see it if you want to see a true Broadway show and are a bit of a theatre snob.

Also There are jokes for everybody in this show but it wasn't as funny as I... Read more Read less

93
Delightful, Quirky, Indulgent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Oh joy! Oh rapture! Oh tuna! Comedy Central cult comedians Kroll & Mulaney in a sensational B'way debut Bad puns & malapropisms galore !!!

Don't see it if Trigger warning - magnificently politically incorrect otherwise go & trip out.- unless you have an aversion to tuna fish .... or Steely Dan

36
Disappointing, Horrible, Nothing special, Non-theatrical

See it if you have too much money and love bro-y jokes

Don't see it if you appreciate the artistry of theater

90
Funny, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You like weird, original productions with two of the best comics working right now.

Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional show.

53
Funny, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if you want to laugh

Don't see it if you find the tuna joke boring

80
Funny

See it if you're up for an evening of rolling on the floor laughing out loud humor

Don't see it if you're looking for a particularly cohesive story or any real substance beyond the jokes