Not an April Fool's Joke--Andrew W.K. Brings His Positive Work Ethic to Irvine

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Normally, the news that UC Irvine will be the location for a "motivational performance" by Andrew Fetterly Wilkes Krier, with a focus on both spoken-word presentations and music, might not sound like the most exciting way to spend your evening on Friday, April 22. Except this is, in fact, Andrew W.K., the man who turned the concept of partying hard into the song "Party Hard"--and much, much more.
When Andrew W.K. made his breakout splash almost 10 years back with that song, its video and the nosebleed-from-hell album cover of I Get Wet, it was alternately praised as the ultimate in instant-fix "Cheetos rock" in some corners and dismissed as a bad joke in others--and I'm the first to admit I was in the latter camp for a long time.

He's not only had the last laugh, but his overall career since then has been the ultimate in confounding expectations every step of the way, too. How? Basically just by doing whatever he wants to as he goes, from convoluted in-jokes about celebrity that beat the crap out of Joaquin Phoenix's supposed attempts at same to hosting Destroy Build Destroy for the Cartoon Network, a mere scraping of the surface of everything he does. Trust us, the Wikipedia page goes on forever for very good reason.
The core to it all has been his joie de vivre in all he does, something time has made even more apparent. There's an honest-to-god glee he demonstrates time and time again--not a horrible Up With People cheeriness or saccharine sweetness, but a lust for life that's infectious if you're willing to let you're your guard down a bit.

When he hit Twitter, it was another example of how well he works--his near-endless stream of "PARTY TIPS" (recent sample: "Partying is our defense against the pain of the universe") are both funny as hell and serious at the same time, a true acknowledgment of the human comedy.

The Acrobatics Everyday crew that's putting this on will have more information later regarding ticket arrangements, exact locations and more, so stay tuned to its website for that and much more--and if you're still thinking a motivational performance sounds kinda boring, consider these samples:

And in perhaps the ultimate meeting of the minds, what happens when Andrew W.K. and his Canadian cousin-in-positive-energy Nardwaur get down:
You know what to do.

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Marco Zucconi
Marco Zucconi

It's always been him! he just decided to change his style and look, cut his beard and lose some weight. He's a great artist and he always did what he wanted no caring what people said about him


Andrew WK weirds me out. I had a drink with him at The Rainbow Room in 2001, before seeing him next door at The Whiskey later that night. That show kicked unholy ass, and he was one of the coolest dudes I've ever met. Sometime around 2005, things got strange. I'm honestly convinced that another guy was Andrew WK for a handful of years, playing a part essentially, and I cannot be persuaded to think otherwise. He just all of a sudden not only sounded different and completely changed his style of music, but he also just straight up looked like a completely different person.

That being said, the 2011 SXSW clip looks and sounds like the guy I met 10 years ago. Freaky stuff, man.

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