08/19/16 9:48am
Andrew WK, motivational speaker.

Andrew WK, motivational speaker.

There is something very mysterious about a man that burst onto the music scene sporting a bloody nose and stains on a well-worn plain white shirt. Andrew W.K. is most famous for his 2001 LP, I Get Wet which is considered by many as one of the greatest party albums in recent time. He’s performed countless concerts that have impressed fans and critics alike. During a tour in 2004, W.K. broke his foot in the middle of a show and rather than cancel shows, he finished his dates by rocking out in a wheelchair. His other two full-length albums, The Wolf and Close Calls with Brick Walls showed lyrical growth while continuing a sound that you would play during any kind of party. He also once pretended to be the ambassador of partying to the Middle East (until Brokelyn exposed it as a goof, that is).

However, the proclaimed “King of Party” is channeling his originality and raw energy in a seemingly un-party like forum with motivational speaking engagements as he embarks on a 50 state lecture tour starting in the fall. But to Mr. W.K., an Ann Arbor, Mich.-native who moved to New York City when he was 18 to pursue his music career, there is greater meaning to the word “party.”

“A fundamental part of partying (during the lectures) is being in that room, having an enjoyable time and realizing that you’re having one next to someone who could be extremely different in almost every way from you except the fact that they’re human beings,” W.K. said in an interview.

Some of his words and philosophies may echo those of famous motivational speakers such as Tony Robbins, who have made their living discussing the power of positive thinking. But there is something brewing beneath the surface with Andrew, whether it’s genuine kindness, vulnerability, or both. (more…)

05/27/14 1:14pm
rooming late scott rogowsky

Imagine competing with this guy for an spot in an apartment.

We all know how awkward trying to find a roommate can be once you’ve put your room on Craigslist. The poorly written emails, the hope that the person you’ve asked to come meet you isn’t a complete psychopath, the gaps in conversation. Running Late host Scott Rogowsky decided to get ahead of the awkwardness the only way he knew how: by turning his apartment into a talk show set and interviewing potential new roommates he found on Craigslist as if they were guests on his show.


03/10/14 3:21pm
From the authority on sexy. via Andrew WK

It’s easy to say when you’re rolling in sex wipe money. via Andrew WK

Andrew WK has lived many lives: party king, failed ambassador, sex wipe spokesman. When a man lives that much, he gains a certain wisdom that you can’t get when you aren’t endorsing sex wipes. So of course, Marketplace asked the man to impart some words of financial wisdom. WK suggested investing your money in a low-interest but safe savings account, and also- nah, just kidding. He said to spend your money with reckless abandon. (more…)

10/28/13 2:31pm
Andrew WK is starting to take the "party messiah" thing a little far. Photo by devious photography via Facebook

Andrew WK is starting to take the “party messiah” thing a little far. Photo by devious photography via Facebook

1. Check out the release party for a new atlas of New Orleans, because you can’t just keep passing off Treme trivia a your insider’s knowledge of the city (Monday)

2. See an adorable cooking couple, one vegan and one a French pastry chef, both talk about their new food books at powerHouse Arena (Monday)

3. Saw Her Stand Up There, the all-female comedy show at Spike Hill is celebrating their birthday, so why don’t you go help them celebrate by hanging out and listening to some jokes (Monday)

4. Editors from Vice will be in conversation with Bedford + Bowery about how Vice got to be where they are today and how they don’t give a shit if you think they’re cool (Monday) (more…)

06/18/13 8:24am
It's time to drum!

It’s time to drum!

Like we’ve said before, we’re huge fans of Andrew WK, even if our coverage of him has usually been skeptical. But, he loves to party, we love to party, our interests pretty much fall in line. And his newest stunt, sitting outside in Times Square and drumming for a full 24 hours starting tomorrow, is something we can definitely get behind. (more…)

03/11/13 2:20pm
From the authority on sexy. via Andrew WK

From the authority on sexy. via Andrew WK

Look, we all face the point sometimes where we don’t feel so fresh. Like, down in your crotch. It makes sense. You wear tight jeans, you’re walking around all day, things aren’t gonna be smelling like dryer sheets down there. But that’s OK! Or maybe it’s not, at least according to Playtex and Andrew WK, who’s their new pitchman for their ridiculous sex-themed baby wipes for adults, called “Fresh and Sexy.” Should you buy a pack of these for eight dollars? Oh hell no. (more…)

11/25/12 10:21pm

Very official. via Andrew WK

UPDATE: As we predicted, Andrew WK will not be traveling to Bahrain as any sort of cultural ambassador. It turns out that the rocker merely had an invitation to speak—but even that was revoked because it didn’t pass muster with the State Department.

A State Department spokesperson told us the following: “Andrew WK had been invited by the US Embassy in Bahrain to be part of a cultural speakers program, but upon further review, the program was canceled because it did not meet the standards of the State Department.”

We don’t yet know why the appearance was canceled—or who had the notion to invite him—but it’s clear that Andrew WK will not now be Bahrain’s “Cultural Ambassador of Partying,” as he wrote on his web site, and was never going to be exactly that in the first place. Nor will Andrew WK be sent to the Middle East “in the tradition of the American Jazz Ambassadors” from the 1960s, as he also proclaimed on his site.

WK has issued a Twitter reaction, and seems pretty floored by the way things have unfolded.

His web site promises a comment on the situation soon.

Our original post below:


Andrew WK is a lot of things: king of partying, party businessman, excellent partier and friend to children and animals. He’s also apparently really good at punking the internet, since a single unsourced blog post announcing his appointment to be a cultural ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain was reblogged today by everyone from Pitchfork to NME to the Huffington Post to Fox News to Vulture and everyone on your Facebook feed. But wait — why does every single news story about this link back to either Andrew WK’s own web site or the other news stories about it? (more…)