Did you know the Grateful Dead had their own official clown? Of course they did, and who else could it possibly be but the one, the only, Wavy Gravy? Returning once again as Emcee and Master of Ceremonies is Wavy Gravy, the original prankster with a purpose. From war protester, to Woodstock stage announcer, to clown for peace, to Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow co-founder, Wavy has been spreading laughter and light for decades.
Back when he was still known as Hugh Romney, he stood on the stage of the original Woodstock festival and announced, “What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!” Just two weeks after that, Hugh Romney became Wavy Gravy, thanks to B.B. King bestowing the nickname on him at the Texas International Pop Festival in 1969.
He may be best known to millions as a cosmic cut-up and the inspiration for a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, “I am an activist clown and former frozen dessert,” he says, but it is because of his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents that Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood. His friend and satirist Paul Krassner has called him “the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa.” Wavy says, “Some people tell me I’m a saint, I tell them I’m Saint Misbehavin’.”