Manny the Hippie

Street name of Micah Papp, a 19-year-old long-haired street dweller who reached instant celebrity status when he appeared as a summer movie critic on segments of the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS/1993-2015.


When the show visited San Francisco in 1996, Manny the Hippie did movie reviews. If Manny liked a movie, he ranked it with a “dank” (good) rating or “diggity dank” (quite good). If he didn’t like the movie, he called it “schwag” (dag).

Manny also found the time to take David Letterman on a tour of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district and to do on-the-street reporting for the show.

Unfortunately for Manny, his 15-minutes of fame came quickly to an end when authorities in Xenia, Ohio recognized Mannie as a felon wanted for breaking parole on a marijuana charge.

On Manny’s last appearance of LATE SHOW, David Letterman warned Manny not to get in any more trouble, and if he did,  “I don’t know you.”

He was extradited back to Ohio to serve a sentence of 18 months in prison. Manny was released from jail after ten month on June 12, 1997.

A year later, Manny played a bit part as “Vegan GooBall Man” in the movie Around the Fire (1998).


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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