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NAZZ, THE
[0 - 33 AD]

Buckley's sassy and affectionate moniker for Jesus of Nazereth. Though the actual life of the historical Jesus is difficult to document, very few in the western world are without at least a little knowledge of the Jesus Christ of religious fame. Buckley's brilliant routine The Nazz, is far from the cynical commentary on religion one might anticipate from a modern nightclub performer. His Lordship instead vaunces beyond the double kicks to bring the listener to a space where they can shout a hip hallelujah at this famous carpenter's magnificent parlor tricks.

L I N K S:

a Nazz website

Read Lord Buckley's The Nazz at LBC


 
NERO
[37 - 68]

Corpulent and corrupt Roman emperor, known for the extraordinarily bloodthirsty nature of the "Games" at the Coliseum under his watch. Vain and petty, he was reputed to have written bad poetry and to have been seen playing a violin like instrument while the city of Rome was consumed in a conflagration. Lord Buckley provides us with Nero a laser precise satire of this famous fiddler.

LINKS:

Read Lord Buckley's Nero at LBC


 
NEWMAN, JOSEPH S.
[1891 - 1960]

Cleveland poet, author and newspaper man. Newman wrote a book titled "It Could Be Verse" which included a poem titled "Black Cross". This is the very same poem that Lord Buckley used for one of his more poignant and powerful routines on race in America. In a live recording of "Black Cross" Lord Buckley incorrectly identifies Newman as the "beloved grandfather" of the actor Paul Newman. He was, in fact, Paul Newman's uncle.

LINKS:

read "Black Cross" here at LBC