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His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky

About the show

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Jake Broder's show about Lord Buckley, one of the most influential comedians of the 20th century.  More…

Following runs in London and Los Angeles, Jake Broder returns to NYC with his salute to counterculture icon Lord Buckley. The largely forgotten comedian of the 1940s and '50s reportedly inspired many entertainers including Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, and Bob Dylan. In 'His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley,' Broder and his jazz trio recreate a Buckley performance in a swirling mix of comedy, bebop, and cabaret.

Member Reviews (17)


Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky
Avg Score

Dated, Excruciating, Disconnected

See it if You are a particular fan of Lord Buckley. The musical interludes were good.

Don't see it if The performer is talented but I never felt a connection to him. He was in his own world. He ranted and raved and made me uncomfortable.

Clever, Funny, Great music, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience an engaging, high energy, topical, cabaret style performance; great jazz/beebop from a wonderful trio of musicians.

Don't see it if you don't like Lord Buckley; satirical, non-fiction, political theater touching on past and present; you dislike jazz and intimate settings.

Also It took a little while to warm up to Jake Broder/Lord Buckley's charac... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Great music

See it if you are interested in an iconic comic from the hipster era; enjoy classic jazz/be bop, talented musicians; you appreciate intelligent humor

Don't see it if the hipster era holds no interest for you; you don't like be bop music or hipster slang; you are not interested in Lord Buckley

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like humor, jazz, hipness, coolness with a great message!

Don't see it if If you want classic theater in a regular theater setting.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you like jazz and/or are nostalgic about 1940's hipsterdom.

Don't see it if you are looking for a conventional show with story line, character development and an arc.

Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want a different show. Buckley's 'hipster' lingo predates wrappers of today. Some very cleaver and original stuff.

Don't see it if don't like jazz music. Timely political update might not sit well with the Trumpettes.

Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Brilliant, Good fun

See it if you enjoy a cozy night club setting, want to listen to a master story teller & his hip news man, accompanied by fantastic musicians.

Don't see it if don't have the energy to pay attention as the stories are intertwined with history and politics; or prefer a regular audience setting.

Also The opening music was superb. It did take a few minutes to catch on to... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You want to experience "hip" talking & writing. Jazz trio was talented as was Lord Buckley, but...

Don't see it if You don't like cabaret, and don't relate to an archaic way of talking "jazzy."

Dated, Quirky, Indulgent, Good music

See it if Best if you leave after first half ( which I liked)-- rapidly downhill after that. Annoying overuse of supposed hipster rap

Don't see it if Thought it would give any idea of Buckley or his material.

Also Backup band is excellent. Would have preferred if he shut up and they ... Read more Read less

Overrated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Don't waste your time. The only good thing about this show is the 3 piece combo band.

Don't see it if Just don't!!!

Boring, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You enjoy cabaret style venue, decent jazz trio and well performed one man show with a few laughs

Don't see it if This is a dull show. Interesting idea but doesn't work. Hipster dialogue & Buckley character interesting at 1st but gets boring

Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if Really great jazz music and a hipster transported from another era - both cool and funny. Smart comic relief to the November doldrums!

Don't see it if You don't like humor that is thought-provoking, with wit.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you like whip-smart funny dialogue on the tilt, something off the wall - hip history with swinging jazz and want to die laughing!!

Don't see it if If you are a little slow on the uptake, not prepared to be hip or lack a real sense of humor or supported you-know-who!

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy an homage to Lordy Buckley, and some relevant thought provoking comic jabs at our current socio-political climate (& great music.)

Don't see it if you do not like political theatre or are confused by a fusion of homage, current political statement, & jazz.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Confusing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if Great music.

Don't see it if Not into so called hipster genre and Political correctness disguised as high camp

During previews
Confusing, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You'd like to see a legendary 50s hipster time-travel to 2016, and weigh in on Trump and more.

Don't see it if You're not already intrigued, if not fascinated, by the original pre-Billyburg hipster era.

Also Alas, the hip story-telling of Lord Buckley hasn't aged well. In this ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Funny, Edgy

See it if you want to learn a bit about a comedian from yesteryear that influenced many of todays comics. Good music.

Don't see it if You don't like spoken work and the sound of the hipster "Beats"

December 15th, 2016
"For more than 10 years now, Jake Broder has been on a quixotic mission to preserve the memory of Lord Buckley...Mr. Broder, holding a cigarette that may or may not be wacky tobacky, throws himself into the routines. But the novelty of Buckley’s lingo grows thin quickly, culminating in a particul...
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December 16th, 2016
"Liberal, contemporary political statements are cleverly embedded in the dialogue...Broder's portrayal of Lord Buckley showcases his creativity and wonderful comedic timing. Michael Lanahan is ideal as the the Hip News Man…The excellent musicianship of the jazz trio makes the pacing of the show l...
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December 15th, 2016
"An exhilarating recreation of the 1950s cult performer’s act...Broder's performance is a series of enthralling, fast-paced, and animated recitations of Buckley’s routines as well as superb jazz singing...His script fuses the 1950s set pieces with anachronistic topical references, achieving the f...
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December 13th, 2016
"It’s funny, in a gallows humor kind of way. Missing, however, is any sense of Lord Buckley himself...Audience members who know little-to-nothing about the Good Lord B will be forced to take a trip to Wikipedia…It’s a tragic story. And although Broder does a terrific job of imagining Lord Buckley...
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