What: Premiere of Hippieman TV show
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Nomad Theater, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder
More info: hippieman.com
T ouring around the country as his alter ego Hippieman, comedian John Novosad usually stands out in a crowd. In Boulder, he fits right in.
This Wednesday, he’ll be unveiling his latest superhero endeavor with the premiere of his new television show pilot at North Boulder’s Nomad Theater, 1410 Quince Ave.
This is the first installment of the 22-minute episodical comedic adventures of “Hippieman’s Plan for America,” which was produced by Boulder filmmaker Tom Parkin.
The premiere, which is free to the public, will also include a live performance from Hippieman, followed by Q&A with the rest of the show’s cast.
“I’ve always kinda had that sort of look,” Hippieman, 56, said of the character he’s brought to the stage regularly for the last 15 years of his 30-year career in comedy. “My humor always went toward that and I always thought it would be funny if there were a ‘Hippieman’ superhero. But, I don’t don the tie dye uniform as much anymore.”
Having appeared on Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” in 2006 and in 2009 as well as on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Hippieman is now poised for national stardom through what he hopes to be a successful TV program.
“The thing about TV nowadays is that it doesn’t have as much of an impact as it used to when people would go on ‘The Johnny Carson Show,'” Hippieman said. “But, it’s still really helped me out. It’s given me real legitimization. If that’s a word.”
Hippieman compares his new television show to “a mixture of ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Chappelle’s Show.'” It integrates sketch comedy into a program predominant with his live stand-up performances.
Parkin compares the show to “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” saying that he has been a fan of Hippieman’s for the last 12 years. He met the comedian at McGuckin Hardware two years ago, where he finally introduced himself.
Utilizing his technical know-how garnered from running his own production company and shooting/editing/producing “American Health Front” — a 30-minute medical news show, which has aired nationally for the last eight years — Parkin was able to employ Hippieman’s unique character and writing skills into a show the two hope to find a home for, with eyes on HBO.
“It’s fairly adult-oriented,” Parkin said, laughing. “Not really for kids.
“I got the gear and he’s got the talent,” Parkin said of his first-time collaboration with Hippieman who has in the past tried to produce previous incarnations of a television show.
“Hopefully, something will happen with this one,” Parkin said. “It’s just a matter of getting it out there and seeing if anyone will pick it up.”
In addition to the free premiere of his television pilot, Hippieman will also be performing at the Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine St., Denver, on September 18 and Chinook Tavern, 6380 S. Fiddlers Green Cir., Greenwood Village, on September 24.