My whole life I’ve been hearing stories about Wavy Gravy from my aunts who went on tour with the Merry Pranksters, from my Bay Area ex-hippie family members, and from my friends. People always joke about going to clown camp, but Wavy actually started the amazing Camp Winnarainbow. Some of the funniest people I know went there, like All My Friends Are Dead authors Avery Monsen and Jory John, who I interviewed on BAS a few months back. They met when they were Winnarainbow counselors, and now look at them: published authors, broke, good at juggling, and hilarious. Who could ask for more?
So, don’t miss out on a rare chance to see/listen to/hang out with Wavy Gravy on Wednesday at the Beat Museum. Whether he regales you with stories about touring with the Grateful Dead, acting as the MC at Woodstock and calming down all the hippies on bad trips, or teaching you how to juggle, the guy is a living legend and will surely make you laugh. Which reminds me of a joke that never makes anyone my age laugh, but always makes my parents’ friends laugh. It goes: What did the deadheads say when they ran out of pot? “This music sucks.” Ba-dum-bum-CHING. Try it. It’s not funny but I swear baby boomers will laugh. That might be because they’re starting to get a bit senile.
Also, maybe consider going to Camp Winnarainbow’s adult camp. That’s some guaranteed memoir material.