L.A. Nik is an author and entertainer known for his signature look and his persona as the “Mayor of Minneapolis After Dark.” Nik’s popularity in the midwest was cemented by a two-page cover story in Minneapolis' Star Tribune as well as a slew of morning shows and print stories after the 2013 release of his book, Life Is Short Then You’re Dead Forever.
Nik currently hosts the weekly podcast, Minneapolis 911, on the Tom Barnard Network in which he discusses Minneapolis issues with his co-host, comedian Hessley Rey. Nik plays recorded clips from Minneapolis and Hennepin County police dispatch to point out issues in the city with the purpose of opening up the conversation for solutions.
L.A. Nik has been a constant cheerleader for the development of nightlife in downtown Minneapolis. He has sat on the board of the Hospitality Zone Assessment Group; A group that helps to guide and empower the community to harness the economic and social benefits of hospitality zones while minimizing their impact on government resources and residents’ quality of life. He has also been a volunteer at Hennepin County Medical Center and a speaker at Sanford Brown College.
In 2014, L.A. Nik was invited to throw out the first pitch for a Major League Baseball game between the Tampa Rays and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. In 2015, L.A. Nik was featured in a Showtime Network documentary on comedian Pauly Shore where he recounts his friendship with Sam Kinison and Pauly Shore in the late 80s and early 90s.
Currently, L.A. Nik is working on a podcast which showcases clips from Minneapolis Police Dispatch in order to shed light on crime in the city of Minneapolis while offering up solutions to control it. Nik is also actively working with a major production company on a docu-series that features his character in Minneapolis.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, L.A. Nik joined his first band, The Prostitutes, at age fifteen as a drummer. The Prostitutes later joined forces with Billy Gram’s band Saints in Hell which had included Tommy Kiefer and Eric Brittingham of the future 80’s rock band Cinderella. Nik was known during this time as Nikki Fear. After being detained for drugs in the British West Indies, L.A. Nik missed a show with Saints in Hell and was replaced. Soon thereafter, Nik scored a gig with Joel Gray’s Cabaret through long-time friend and bassist Paul Barbas. When the show’s producer died of cancer Nik started the band, The Unexpected, with now famous Kiss guitar builder Jimmy Cara. After a long struggle to find a record deal for the band, L.A. Nik relocated to Los Angeles from the east coast.
Once in Los Angeles, L.A. Nik teamed up with Exposure 54 night club owner David Max and opened the after-hours club, The Pleasure Dome, at 2817 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. The club featured the 80’s rock band, Bang Tango. Nik was given an artists relation pass by Gypsy Carns of Gibson Guitars. With this, Nik outfitted the Pleasure Dome’s house band with unlimited gear. The pass allowed Nik to pull gear from Gibson at any time without question for use by the bands playing the club. The club lasted from 1987 to 1991 when it was raided by the Los Angeles Police Department. With the club closed down, Nik relocated to Palm Beach, FL to pursue his love of restoring vintage cars.
L.A. Nik opened Delray Vintage and Palm Beach Vintage specializing in installing air-conditioning in vintage automobiles. He ran the business for eleven years then returned to Los Angeles. Nik was adopted by the family of comics at the World Famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood where he became a staple figure.
Nik is a social media rockstar. He maintains a blog with over 350,000 views year-to-date where he discusses his personal interests, his world travels and Minneapolis happenings. His Google Plus account has over 900,000 page views. He has over 17,000 Twitter followers, 10,000 Instagram followers, 22,000 Facebook Fans and a personal page maxed out at 5,000 friends with a few thousand followers. He is also active on Tumbler and YouTube. Because of his popularity and large social media platform, the city of Fargo, North Dakota hired Nik to showcase their city to visitors from outside of the midwest in an online advertisement.
Life is Short Then You’re Dead Forever is a realistic self-help book. The book is the culmination of L.A. Nik’s life of experience with people, careers, drugs, poverty and wealth. L.A. Nik explores born-in “powers,” in the form of chapter titles that do not come easy for many, but are identifiable in all successful people. The book has a five star rating on Amazon.com.
L.A. Nik was picked to host Comcast’s special on Thirty Seconds to Mars as well as one on Guns N’ Roses that reached 600,000 homes in the midwest. L.A. Nik is also a regular guest on My Fox 29 television show On the Fly. Nik has appeared numerous times on Minneapolis news television and radio shows of which many can be viewed on this website.
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