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David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Hilarious, Original, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

Formerly known as 'Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet,' David Carl's solo show is an absurdist romp through Shakespeare, pop culture, and life in the theatre. More…

Gary has decided he will perform all the parts in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' in order to prove that he still has "the chops." Switching between beat poet narrator, puppeteer, musical theatre singer, horror film director, and "great" actor, Gary Busey (as imagined by David Carl) plays each scene in the style he feels appropriate. A mix of high- and low-brow comedy, 'David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet' celebrates Shakespeare's play by proving it is still relevant, applicable, and moving in the jaded, celebrity-crazy, meme-obsessed world we live in.

1h 15m | Already closed | The PIT Loft (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (40)


Clever, Hilarious, Original, Funny, Ambitious
Avg Score

Disappointing, Original, Indulgent

See it if you know the mannerisms of Gary Busey, & enjoy comedy directed to the audience (aka intense eye contact).

Don't see it if if you aren't familiar with Busey & don't enjoy comedy parodies. Also, don't sit in the first few rows as the actor spits a lot.

Delightful, Refreshing, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you know Hamlet and want to see it thru the eyes of crazy persona Busey. I did by the end however, desire more Busey and less Hamlet.

Don't see it if you don't want to be out late (it's a late show), you want something with bells and whistles. Here's to a bigger prop budget next time!

Clever, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You enjoy new takes on Shakespeare and preferably know Hamlet pretty well

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare out Gary Busey. If you don't know who Gary Busey is. If you've never seen it read Hamlet.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Original, Entertaining

See it if You like truly original work, really good solo performers, and a little improv.

Don't see it if You don't think people should mess around with Shakespeare.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Ambitious

See it if you're interested watching the long-lost (but talented!) love child of Gary Busey and Napoleon Dynamite perform Hamlet as a one man show.

Don't see it if you're truly wanting/expecting to see a traditionally staged and acted version of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you like Hamlet or Gary Busey or both.

Don't see it if you want the story of Hamlet

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Unique

See it if You want to laugh along with a great improv actor and his take on Gary Busey and Hamlet.

Don't see it if You don't like improv.

Original, Edgy

See it if You like one man shows with a stand-up comic flare.

Don't see it if You don't like shouting.

Clever, Funny, Edgy, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you love Hamlet and want to be yelled at about how crazy everything is. This was hands down the most fun show I been to - bring a friend!

Don't see it if you don't like loud people - it's a loud show.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you not only love Gary but also Shakespeare. This was a real treat! Intense!

Don't see it if You don't like modern takes on Billy Shakes...

Clever, Original, Epic, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if So fast-paced! Exciting, funny, and break-neck.

Don't see it if Sometimes significant cuts.

Ambitious, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You are interested in taking a peek inside American history from the view of the amazing and talented Lin-Manuel Miranda

Don't see it if Swearing bothers you

Intelligent, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Original

See it if Love comedy, Shakespeare, Gary Busey or even if you don't know/like those things. You will be entertained.

Don't see it if You hate laughing.

Hilarious, Original, Zany, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You love Shakespeare. You love Gary Busey. You love discovery.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare. You hate Gary Busey. You hate discovery and joy and pure hilarity

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You can't sit through Shakespeare but know that you should, you like to laugh and you appreciate intelligence.

Don't see it if You like only traditional, old school theatre.

Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You like rhe classics

Don't see it if You want a fast paced evenung

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you love comedy & want someone to make watching Shakespeare barable finally. He's great with Shakespeare's text but also wild and hilarious

Don't see it if You take life too seriously

Funny, Original, Great acting

See it if You appreciate original theater performed by extraordinary talent

Don't see it if ...the idea of a guy all out fighting with a virtual guy, complete with a bloody mouth and some surprisingly high kicking, sounds boring.

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Refreshing

See it if You want to have a good time and see an original, interesting take on both Shakespeare and Gary Busey

Don't see it if You don't care for Hamlet or Gary Busey

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Original

See it if you like Shakespeare, Gary Busey and laughing.

Don't see it if you're a stick in the mud.

Masterful, Hilarious, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you love tour de force performances, David Carl marries the verbal dexterity of Python to the relentless physicality of Belushi. Sublime.

Don't see it if If you're braindead. And even then maybe still see it. It very well could be responsible for the regeneration of brain cells.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Original

See it if You're a fan of Busey, Shakespeare, and/or David Carl. Massively entertaining for pretty much anyone; with energy, excitement, and laughs.

Don't see it if If you hate Shakespearean language, or if you don't find Gary Busey amusing (or at least intriguing) you might not be ready for this.

Hilarious, Masterful, Refreshing, Original, Delightful

See it if You want to see a truly refreshing take on an old classic by a man that was born to play this role.

Don't see it if You are looking for standard, run of the mill Shakespeare. Or if you're a Shakespearean purist.

Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Original, Buseyesque

See it if you enjoy good times, satire, 80's movies, impressing people by telling them you went to see Shakespeare, brownies, and/or good times.

Don't see it if you think humo(u)r is for the peasants, use shall & thus in everday dialogue, or think no one will ever write comedia as well as Beckett

Ambitious, Must see, Intense, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a different take on Shakespeare that is off the wall and yet otherwise true to the text.

Don't see it if you hate greatness.

March 28th, 2016
"It’s a deliciously deranged performance, putting across the 'Hamlet' story but also sampling Mr. Busey’s film roles and personal grievances...Mr. Carl, who bears a resemblance to a young Mr. Busey, is always in complete control as he races through this out-of-control performance...He and the dir...
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March 29th, 2016
"Just see it—it’s a freaking good time...David Carl is a snarling, hillarious maniac. He keeps Busey intense and larger than life, but never over the top. Carl’s timing is spot-on, relentless, and never overindulgent. David Carl finds gritty soul and howling truth...There are moments that are bre...
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August 12th, 2014
for a previous production "As much stupid fun as its title suggests. With his death-mask grimace and penchant for New Agey acronyms, the barking-mad Busey is here to prove his 'chops' by playing all roles in the classic tragedy...For what is essentially a stunt, the piece is neatly crafted and packed with running gags. Th...
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August 13th, 2014
for a previous production "Judging by the audience reaction, Carl has a sizable fan base. It’s well-deserved, but even more impressive than his Busey is his ability to return to the text after all of the moments where he goes off script. My only criticism is that, given all of the references in the play, an annotated guid...
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