Hippieman returns to Vail Village Sunday
VAIL – Hippieman, aka John Novosad, appears at Samana with comedian Tommy Y for a night of laughing out loud.Bushisms and the quintessential long-hair jokes and drug references are where Novosad mines most of his material.”I’m literally a wild-eye liberal. But for a guy who looks like me, I’m surprisingly sober,” said Novosad.
Hippieman grew up in Boulder, which makes sense, doesn’t it? And he still resides there, gathering humorous social commentary at coffee shops or on Pearl Street.”Sitting in a coffee shop in Boulder is a good place to get some ideas. But a lot of my material comes from the discipline of writing. Keeping a notebook, jotting down ideas, flushing those ideas out by making lists. Writing jokes,” said Novosad. “I audio tape a lot of my shows and then listen to them the next day. I get a lot of ideas that way.”He was raised by hippie parents, and his mom used to send him to school everyday with a Jimi Hendrix lunch box. All the kids made fun of him until they tried one of his brownies. Bad-DA bump. Whether or not that anecdote is true, his routine comes from the heart. Novosad is truly a peace-loving hippie.”It sounds kind of hokey, but I believe it’s all about respect for other people. Not everyone has to be like me, and I don’t have to be like everybody else, but just to be able to accept people for what they are is what it’s all about.”
He started his career at the Blue Note club in Boulder during New Talent Night on Tuesdays in 1981. He worked there until he built up at least 20 minutes of material, enough to depart for life on the road. Now he’s a comedic staple at Comedy Works in Denver, which Novosad said is one of the top comedy clubs in the country. Comedy Works hosts people like Wanda Sikes and Jay More.”It’s a great room to be affiliated with if you are a local comic because you have chance to network with the heavy hitter guys,” said Novosad.Hippieman’s jokes are the type that lead the audience down a straight line and then turn left at the most unsuspected moment. Whether you’re conservative or a doobie smoker, everyone knows someone like Hippieman and can relate to his view on the planet.
“Lots of times, people don’t even know I’m a comic, and they see me walking along and they just smile because they have their own vision of what they think my world is about,” said Novosad.Comedy Night begins sharply at 9 p.m. at Samana in Vail Village. Tickets cost $10 at the door. For more information, call 476-3433.Vail, Colorado