“We put into your brain that it was okay to let your imagination run wild. It’s okay to be silly. It’s okay to be weird.”
- Pee-Wee’s Playhouse puppet/set designer Wayne White on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, explaining what messages he implanted in kids’ brains.
Even if you’ve never heard Wayne White’s name, you’ve almost definitely enjoyed his work. Wayne was a designer on shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Beakman’s World, as well as music videos like Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight Tonight. Wayne has since developed a second career in the fine arts world and is the subject of the wonderful new documentary Beauty is Embarrassing.
This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show you will hear from both Wayne and the film’s director, Neil Berkley. We discuss the influence of Pee-Wee, what shows are continuing it’s legacy today, and what it’s like to be the star of a documentary.
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THR sat down for an interview with an out-of-character Paul Reubens. They asked him about the upcoming Apatow movie.
THR: What has Judd Apatow brought to the Pee-wee party, creatively speaking? And when is the script done and the film out already?
Paul Reubens: Paul Rust and I just turned in a draft to Judd last week. He’s bringing such an interesting side to it. He’s constantly having us talk about and address the emotional core of Pee-wee Herman. It’s adding a dimension I never had before. Judd, if you’re reading this, I think it’s ready to green light!
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“The Pee Wee Herman Show,” running through Jan. 2, will debut on the network sometime next year, three decades after Pee-Wee creator Paul Reubens’ first HBO special with the character.
The show will reunite Reubens and Marty Callner, who also directed the 1981 HBO special “The Pee-wee Herman Show.”
A friend just sent me this photo of Pee-Wee and Regis. And I smiled huuge.
shut it down, folks. Internet’s done.
In January, Paul Reubens brought The Pee-wee Herman Show back for a string of shows at L.A.’s Club Nokia; now, it’s coming to Broadway. On October 26, Pee-wee will open at the Stephen Sondheim Theater for a six-week run. Jay Cotton will provide the music, Basil Twist will handle the puppetry, and Alex Timbers will direct. Also on hand: Chairry the talking chair. [ArtsBeat/NYT]
Alex Timbers wrote and directed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; this makes perfect sense.
Best News of the Day: Paul Reubens has announced that, after an unacceptably long hiatus, he will finally be reprising the role of beloved bow-tied man-child Pee-wee Herman for a limited engagement stage show, set to premiere November 8th at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood.
From the press release:
Let the fun begin! Pee-wee Herman is inviting you – and all your friends – back to Puppetland. Come join Pee-wee, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Jambi, Chairry and all your favorites, live on stage.
Re-imagined, re-invented, and nuttier than ever, “The Pee-wee Herman Show” will be LA’s theatrical event of 2009, with its live-action cast and puppets galore!
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, August 11 @ 8 AM via Ticketmaster.
Don’t even bother posting pictures of the Ninja turtles, Power Rangers, or Super Mario anymore. This is the holy grail of nostalgia.
I wonder if Laurence Fishburne will reprise his role as Cowboy Curtis.