Luke H. Walker

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Born (1981-06-28) June 28, 1981 (age 41)
Other namesLee Wong
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Writer
  • Filmmaker
  • Journalist
Known forKnown as creator and publisher of Alt Variety magazine

Luke H. Walker (June 28, 1981) is an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist.[1] He is best known as creator and publisher of Alt Variety magazine, [2][3]and for his play The Wake of Dick Johnson. He also known by his pseudonym, Lee Wong.[4][5][6][7]

Alt variety

Walker started Alt Variety Magazine online in spring 2011. In 2012 the magazine went to print for one year before its decline in 2013. Alt Variety published celebrity interviews, advocated fringe culture, the arts and First Amendment rights and covered themes such as recreational drug use and pornography[7][5][8].

Coney island mermaid parade

In the wake of hurricane Sandy which ravaged parts of coastal New York City, Walker, under his pseudonym Lee Wong, lead a campaign effort to raise relief funding for Coney Island. The campaign included social media PSAs, traditional media advertising, and a concert benefit.[9][10]Alt Variety was responsible for organizing, curating, and hosting a concert benefit for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade at Bowery Ballroom, featuring headliners Amanda Palmer, Mina Caputo, and Abel Ferrara.[11][12][13] Alt Variety also enlisted Judah Friedlander to help raise public awareness about the imperiled parade after Walker worked with the comedian to create a public service announcement to solicit donations.[14]

The wake of dick johnson

The play first premiered in June 2016 in the basement of Maggie Mae's Pub in Queens, NY.[15][16] In the spring of 2019, Walker produced a second full-length run of the play in a small cabin in his back yard at his home in Charlotte, NC, where he moved shortly after the play's initial premiere. It was there the play began to receive attention and received its first critical review by Charlotte based publication, QC Nerve.

In October, 2019 The Wake of Dick Johnson returned to New York at Performance Space 122, this time Walker incorporated a live score composed by Ashville, NC based musical duo Okapi (Lindsey Miller, Scott Gorski).[17] There, the play received yet another laudatory review by, which described the play as "gory," "disturbing," "ghastly," "graphic, and grotesque," the review went on to say "this off-broadway show is gory, freaky, and downright alarming."[18] Broadwaywrold described namesake protagonist, Dick Johnson, as a character you instantly hate, but "relatable in the most chilling way". Time Out New York added The Wake of Dick Johnson to its top-13 list of Halloween events[19]. In December 2019 QC Nerve voted The Wake of Dick Johnson Critic's Pick "Best Of the Year 2019" for best one man show[20]

Feature film adaptation

Shortly after the initial theatrical premiere, the play was adapted for screen as a feature film produced by Alt Variety and distributed by Amazon.[21][22][23]


  1. "The Wake of Dick Johnson". BWW. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. "Saturday Night Benefit Planned For Coney Island". New York Times. May 23, 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  3. Rose, Joel (21 June 2013). "The Show Must Go On". NPR. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  4. Moran, Patrick (1 May 2019). "The Wake of Dick Johnson". QCNerve. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Alt Variety TV". Alt Variety TV. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  6. "Coney Stylin". New York Post. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "New York Steps Up". AM New York. Archived from the original on 2013-06-24. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  8. Baker, Jason (13 August 2013). "Alt Variety Gone Forever". Public Curiosities. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  9. Rose, Joel (21 June 2013). "The Show Must Go On". NPR. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  10. "Alt Variety Presents". Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  11. "Saturday Night Benefit Planned For Coney Island". New York Times. May 23, 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  12. "At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On". NPR. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  13. "Alt Variety Presents Amanda Palmer". Bowery Ballroom. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  14. "Coney Stylin". New York Post. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  15. "Off Broadway". Theater mania. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  16. "Wake of Dick Johnson reviews". Show Score. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  17. News, Desk (2019). "Previews Begin Wake of Dick Johnson". Broadway World. BWW. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  18. Chesanek, Carissa (1 November 2019). "The Wake of Dick Johnson Comes to the East Village". BWW. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  19. Feldman, Adam (4 October 2019). "Top 13 Halloween Events". Time Out New York. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  20. Desk, News (1 December 2019). "Best of 2019". QCNerve. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  21. Amazon Video, retrieved 2016-10-28
  22. "The Wake of Dick Johnson -". Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  23. "Wake of Dick Johnson". IMDB. Retrieved 20 May 2020.

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