Don’t call it a comeback, the pop culture staple from the eighties is making a return. The Pee-wee Herman Show was a hit comedy series that centered on the title character and his group of rag tag friends. Pee Wee was portrayed by actor Paul Reubens, who’s decided to put aside past events, and return to the gray suit and bow tie.
According to the LATimes, Reubens will once again perform on stage as the beloved character for a limited engagement run from November 19 to 29 at the Music Box at Fonda in Hollywood. “I’ve put part of him away for a long time but part of him has always been here with me,” the soft-spoken actor said in an interview today. “I think it will be like riding a bike — which is not a bad analogy for Pee-wee, by the way.”
According to the show’s promoters, this production of The Pee-wee Herman Show, will be a “reimagining of the 1981 original that debuted at Groundlings Theatre. This update will feature all the characters you know and love such as” Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis and Jambi the Genie. Audiences can also count on appearances by Pee-wee’s talking chair, Chairry, and his friend Pterri, the pterodactyl.”
When I was a kid I was creeped out by Pee-wee Herman’s Playhouse, but I did remember that Laurence Fishburne was on there as Cowboy Curtis. A lot of people don’t remember that Playhouse has a lot of differences from the first series that originally aired on HBO. Other notable actors who appeared on the show included Law & Order’s S. Epatha Merkerson, American Pie‘s Natasha Lyonne, and SNL‘s Phil Hartman.
Would you be interested in seeing Pee-wee Herman one more time?