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.
"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’s reaction to the foibles and frustrations of 21st century life, I wish some elements of Buckley's personal history had been woven into the narrative he delivers." Full Review
“I went to 'His Royal Hipness' hoping to get hip to his groove, but the show didn't give me the solid I was hoping for. His material, at least as contemporized by Broder, is leaden, and the hipster lingo of half a century ago, with which the show's obsessed, seems as dated as stereos and old LP comedy records...Throughout the show, the most obvious target is...the president-elect...Buckley may be hip but he's not Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Jon Stewart, or Seth Meyers.” Full Review
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.
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.
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