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His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley

From 13 critic and 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.

The New York Times

"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 particularly dull bit...At this point Buckley, who died in 1960, is more interesting than his material. Mr. Broder might consider redirecting his passion into a biographical play." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Doomed to mediocrity...Its shock value and originality are virtually invisible today...But director David Ellenstein and writer/performer Jake Broder give it their all...Broder’s script is, for no apparent reason, set 'Now' and includes contemporary political barbs, most aimed at Donald Trump. If you’re going to travel back in time to relive a cultural moment, it seems counterintuitive to make current references...Buckley’s act simply doesn’t stand the test of time." Full Review

Paste Magazine

"The premise of Lord Buckley’s act is a kind of grotesque masterclass in cultural appropriation...Broder is clearly a Buckley superfan who believes that what these dark times need is His Royal Hipness’ message of love and un-squareness. I can see where he’s coming from...But that does not excuse the fact that a largely homogeneous audience is applauding an all-white cast in what is essentially an act of minstrelsy...A tone-deaf and incredibly uncomfortable 90 minutes." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"The most racially insensitive production I have seen at a major theatre...Though its actors may not be wearing blackface, 'Lord Buckley' is a minstrel show, a recklessly cartoonish misappropriation of black culture...A sleek mess of jumbled storytelling and retrograde politics...This isn’t a matter of speech-policing or political correctness: Quite simply, 'His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley' is an act of cultural appropriation dressed up in a condescending veneer of reverent nostalgia." Full Review

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

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, 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.

Cast & Creatives (13)