Comedian Nore Davis Enlisted 11 Visual Artists and a Gallery to Launch His New Album During New York’s Comedy Festival
The comedian studied at Pratt, Brooklyn's art and design school, before his stand up career.
Art and comedy collided at the New York Comedy Festival this weekend, with stand-up comedian Nore Davis taking over Brooklyn’s Urban Gallery for a night to unveil 11 artist-designed covers for his new album Too Woke.
“The artists are definitely a huge part of stand up and comedy in general. We do a lot of flyers, business cards, even head shots,” Davis told artnet News. “I was like, how can I promote these great talents and my album at the same time?”
What he came up with was a gallery opening that doubled as a comedy set, enlisting artists to create work inspired by the seven characters Davis plays on the politically engaged comedy album, Too Woke. The album, out November 23, tackles such topical issues as toxic masculinity, white supremacy, and trans rights.
“I thought it would be innovative and cool to have an art exhibition and stand up together, to give it a new flair that’s never been done before,” Davis said. “The different illustrators and artists each did their own rendition, with their own flavor, of one concept.”
Davis feels a special kinship with artists, he added, because “I’m an artist myself. I graduated from Pratt Institute with a graphic design major—but I fucking sucked! I was like ‘I hope I find a medium I’m good at.’ Thankfully I fell into improv and from there, stand up.”
Davis has worked with some of the featured artists before, while others were figures whose work he followed as a fan. “Giving them freedom and creative control seeing what they come up with is always fascinating,” he said. “It was so cool to see where their creativity took it.”
Guests at the event each had the chance to win one of the original artworks on view in a raffle. The evening also marked the unveiling of the official Too Woke cover, designed by Frank William Miller, Jr. “He’s just so great, I was shocked to even get him,” said Davis, noting that the image, which features all seven characters in a circle around an Illuminati triangle, “just captured my vision perfectly.”
He hopes that all of the participating artists will gain new fans through the collaboration: “Definitely check out their work!”
See the alternate album covers below.
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