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HIS ROYAL HIPNESS LORD BUCKLEY featuring Jake Broder & special guests David Amram & Kurt Elling

Joe's Pub

January 12

Doors at 6PM
Show at 7PM

After sold out runs in London, New York & California, Jake Broder’s critically acclaimed salute to Lord Buckley – the iconic hipster comic who rattled counter culture as Elvis shook up rock wants to come to Joe’s Pub. HIS ROYAL HIPNESS LORD BUCKLEY is based on the hip routines of LORD BUCKLEY, a hip comedian from the 40’s who rose to prominence in the 50’s and influenced counter culture in this country. The artists who cite Buckley as a major influence are a who’s who of comedy, music - actors and writers from Jack Kerouac & Bob Dylan to Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and Johnny Depp. LORD BUCKLEY was a hip ‘aristocrat’ ennobling the audience rather than himself and translating the great stories and histories of the world in to a be-bop infused language he called ‘the hipsemantic’. Frank Sinatra called him “the most sensational comic of our time”. Joining Mr. Broder are actor Michael Lanahan, Derek Yellin on piano, Geoff Rakness on bass and Mark San Flippo on drums. David Ellenstein directs.

So, who is Lord Buckley? A Californian ex-lumberjack who invented an unlikely persona that was part English royalty, part Dizzy Gillespie. A subversive comic that was so out there and ahead of this time in the 1940’s and 50’s that it took the world about 50 years to catch up. He’s part comic, part philosopher, and covers over deep themes of American Beauty with comedy and be-bop delivery. If counterculture were drugs, and people like Bob Dylan or Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg were weed - then LORD BUCKLEY is uncut heroin.

“…moments of mind-expanding exhilaration. The actor’s ardent delivery produces the sensation of giddy free fall…” - THE NEW YORKER

“…this crazy daddy-o and his ace cronies come on like Vesuvius reaching for Pompeii. They totally connect, and it is the coolest act in town.” - LA TIMES

JAKE BRODER’s critically acclaimed salute, HIS ROYAL HIPNESS LORD BUCKLEY is based on the original routines of LORD BUCKLEY, a hip comedian from the 40’s who rose to prominence in the 50’s and greatly influenced counter culture in the US and beyond.  LORD BUCKLEY was a hip ‘aristocrat’ ennobling the audience rather than himself, who created original monologues and translated the great stories and histories of the world into a be-bop infused language he called ‘the hipsemantic’.  Buckley's many close friends and supporters included Ed Sullivan, Norman Mailer, Nina Simone, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, George Wein, Thelonious Monk, and George Plimpton.  Frank Sinatra called him “the most sensational comic of our time”.  Artists citing Buckley as a major influence range from Jack Kerouac, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan to Lenny Bruce, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, David Letterman and Johnny Depp. Buckley's mysterious death in November, 1960 came three weeks after his NYC cabaret card was publicly taken from him under false pretenses during a police raid (a tactic used against many performers including Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk).

Jake Broder (Lord Buckley) trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In New York, he studied sax with Lee Konitz, and attended New England Conservatory.  As an actor, Jake’s theatre credits include: Mozart in Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall (West End London, Broadway, L.A.), When Harry Met Sally with Alyson Hannigan and Luke Perry (West End), Lord Buckley in His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley (Off Broadway, Off West End, L.A.) and Ophelia & Juliet in the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of Shakespeare show in London. Film credits includes: “Bad Milo!,” Kevin Spacey’s “Beyond the Sea,” “The Barn” (2004 BIFA award), and “Sleepwalker,” with Richard Armitage.  Television Includes: a recurring role on “Silicon Valley” (HBO),“How I Met Your Mother”(CBS), and a recurring role on “The Eagle” (Denmark-Winner of a 33rd International Emmy). 

David Amram is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author.  His integration of jazz, folkloric and world music led to work with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Pepper Adams, Levon Helm, Betty Carter and Jack Kerouac.  Appointed by Leonard Bernstein as the first Composer In Residence for the New York Philharmonic in 1966, Amram also composed the scores for the films Pull My Daisy (1959), Splendor In The Grass (1960) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He composed the scores for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare In The Park from 1956-1967 and again worked with Papp on the comic opera 12th Night in 1968.  He has also collaborated as a composer with Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Eugene Ormandy, Langston Hughes and Jacques D'Amboise and as a musician with Thelonious Monk, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Betty Carter, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Paquito D’Rivera and Tito Puente. 

Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Each of Elling’s ten albums has been nominated for a GRAMMY.  The Obama Administration’s first state dinner featured Elling in a command performance.  Elling has set his own lyrics to the improvised solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny.  Elling tours throughout the world, performing with his own ensemble and collaborating with renowned musicians and many of the world’s finest orchestras.

Danny Kapilian is a live music, festival, concert tour, and cultural events producer (  His productions have featured Joni Mitchell, Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, The Roots, Esperanza Spalding, Ornette Coleman, Lauryn Hill, Joe Jackson, Lou Reed, Guy Clark, Spike Lee, Eartha Kitt, Aimee Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, Alan Cumming, and hundreds of other esteemed artists.  His events have been presented by premier venues including Carnegie Hall, BAM, Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, Barbican Centre, the JVC, Montreux, Istanbul, North Sea, and Montreal Jazz Festivals, and the Sydney Opera House.

David Ellenstein (Director) Born into a theatrical family, David has worked in theatres across the country. In 2003, he became the Artistic Director of North Coast Repertory Theatre producing over 100 productions and directing more than 40. His favorites include: Way Downriver (West Coast Premiere), Freud’s Last Session, Faded Glory (World Premiere), Mandate Memories (World Premiere), Becoming Cuba (World Premiere), Time Stands Still, and Words by: Ira Gershwin (World Premiere). Other theatres: Coconut Grove Playhouse, Papermill Playhouse, Portland Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Meadow Brook Theatre, Colony Theatre and Portland Rep.

Jake Broder - Lord Buckley
David Amram - guest host
Kurt Elling - guest vocals
Featuring actor Michael Lanahan
James Navan - piano
Brad Russell - bass
Daniel Glass - drums
Danny Kapilian and North Coast Productions - co-producers