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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

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.

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!!!

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

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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