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A look at Pee Wee Herman’s successful comeback…

The Pee Wee Herman character was first brought to fame on HBO for the “Pee Wee Herman Show” in 1981. The Pee Wee character started off as a stand up comic at first. How did Paul Reubens create the character? Where did Pee Wee come from? The Pee Wee Herman character was inspired by an improvisational comedy team that Reubens used to be in, way back in the 70’s. The character went from there. Paul wanted the character to be an adult man that acts like a child. After the “Pee Wee Herman Show” aired on HBO in 1981, the character became hugely popular quickly. The character wasn’t just made for children, the character is mainly aimed to entertain adult audiences.

Since the characters success, the character became a little more mainstream in pop culture when Reubens teamed up with Tim Burton to bring the character to the big screen with a film titled, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, about a man out to find his stolen bicycle. The film was a major hit. The movie inspired a new TV series that is supposed to be aimed for children titled, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”, which is supposed to tone down the adult content and make it a family friendly series. The show was very successful and lasted for 5 seasons, it went from 1986 – 1991.

In 1988, another Pee Wee film was brought to the big screen, titled, “Big Top Pee Wee”, directed by Randal Kleiser. The film is about Pee Wee wanting to become a famous singer in front of screaming fans, so he does it by joining a circus in which he falls in love with a trapeze artist named, Gina. The film flopped in the box office.

In 1991, Reubens was arrested for masturbating in a adult porno theater. This forced, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” to be canceled and Paul retired the Pee Wee character. During the 1990’s, Paul still acted in a variety of films while not in the Pee Wee character. He had roles, in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Batman Returns”, “Matilda”, “Blow”, and many other films.

In 2002, Reubens was arrested again being accused of collecting child pornography. Reubens pleaded not guilty and charges were dropped in 2004, clearing his name from the law. In 2004, Reubens father died of cancer.

In January of 2009, Reubens suddenly announced that he is finally giving Pee Wee Herman, a huge comeback. Now that he finally got his personal life straightened out, he figured this would be a perfect time to bring the character back to the mainstream. To hype up his return, he appeared in a slew of late night talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman, Conan O’ Brien, etc. to announce a four week show schedule at Club Nokia to bring his character to the stage. The shows were a major success, which gave Pee Wee an opportunity to bring Pee Wee’s Playhouse back to the stage on Broadway in New York City.

The New York City Broadway show aired last night on HBO for the first time. It was a very entertaining show. I loved it. I laughed all the way through and had a smile on my face, the entire time. I’m happy for Paul that he came back with Pee Wee in a huge way. All the characters from Pee Wee’s Playhouse, made a return last night, the whole gang. Cowboy Curtis, Captain Carl, Miss Yvonne, The King of Cartoons, Jambi, Chairry, Mr. Window, the Ant Farm, Penny the Claymation cartoon, etc. Yes, the whole gang.

Paul Reubens did a great job. I’m proud of him. What’s next for Pee Wee after this? Hopefully another big screen movie for the character. I think it’s time for a third Pee Wee film, don’t you? Pee Wee is successful enough that he deserves another film. Him and Judd Appatow are working on a script for another one, so that’s good news. Whether the next Pee Wee film will be based on the Playhouse show or another Tim Burton styled movie, I don’t care, either way is good for me. I just want him back on the big screen. I’ll see the new film, no matter what the material is. Congrats Paul!

Kev

Report: HBO to air Pee Wee Herman Broadway show live on Jan. 2nd!!!

Are you just dying to see Pee Wee Herman, live in Broadway, but you aren’t able to get tickets and can’t go? Not too worry! HBO just scored a deal to air the Pee Wee’s Playhouse Broadway show live on Jan. 2nd. Be sure to mark your calendars and get your DVR’s ready. I’m definitely watching this!

Deadline, reports.

As the article said, it was HBO that helped make the debut of Pee Wee Herman, 30 years ago. That was long before Paul Reubens fame and fortune. He was an unknown back then. Then Tim Burton got him for “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”.

Kev

 

Report: The new Pee Wee movie moves forward and Judd Apatow is hired as producer!!!

Universal Pictures is moving the “Pee Wee’s Playhouse: The Movie” forward and they have hired a producer. That is no one other than Judd Apatow. If you don’t know who Judd Apatow is, he directed such movies like, “Superbad”, “Funny People”, and “The 40 Year Old Virgin”.

Paul Reubens already wrote the script to “Pee Wee’s Playhouse: The Movie” through Universal. Pee Wee Herman will be heading to Broadway in NYC in the Fall.

More on it here:

http://www.collider.com/2010/06/30/pee-wee-herman-judd-apatow-paul-reubens-pee-wees-playhouse/

Hmmmmm, this got me thinking of something. Since Judd is hired as producer and not director, does that mean Universal is saving the director’s job for, Tim Burton? Oh man, that would be sweet if they got Tim Burton on board as director. I’m game for a Paul Reubens and Tim Burton reunion, yes please!

Yep, you betcha I will go see the new Pee Wee movie when it comes out. Hopefully Tim Burton will direct it and maybe Danny Elfman will score for Pee Wee again?

*Crosses fingers for Tim Burton/Danny Elfman*

Kev

Report: Paul Reubens announces, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse – The Movie” will be in the works soon…

Pee Wee Herman himself confirmed to MTV News, that there will be another Pee Wee Herman movie coming to the big screen. He revealed to MTV News, the next film will be based on the “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” TV show. It will be family friendly, that will be mostly aimed at the kids. Paul says the script is all done and ready to go.

The plot? He says most of the film will be outside of the Playhouse in puppet land. There will only be two scenes in the Playhouse. That’s all the details of the plot Paul gave us so far.

MTV Movies Blog reports:

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/12/09/pee-wees-playhouse-the-movie-is-incoming-and-weve-got-story-details/

Some of you may find it crazy and a little weird, but I fucking love the Pee Wee character, always did. I would go see this new film, definitely.

That would be cool to see Tim Burton direct this. Paul Reubens and Tim Burton reunite to do “Playhouse”. Yeah.

Kev

Paul Reubens as Pee Wee on Jay Leno tonight…

I just saw Pee Wee Herman on Jay Leno. Yes, Paul Reubens is still Pee Wee. Paul as Pee Wee is looking much older of course, but Pee Wee still has the same speaking voice and that same laugh. Paul still has it, he did a good job playing Pee Wee again. I was actually entertained by this and had a smile on my face watching him on Jay Leno.

If Pee Wee’s return is a huge success, maybe the character will come back to the big screen for a new Pee Wee film, hopefully?

That be sweet if Tim Burton and Paul Reubens reunited, I was never afraid to admit that I absolutely loved, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, it’s actually a great film.

Kev

Report: Paul Reubens is reprising Pee Wee Herman back to the live stage…

Yes, that’s right. Paul Reubens the star and creator of this character, Pee Wee Herman, is officially coming back! Only thing though, Pee Wee, the crazy man child with the suit and red bowtie is heading back to the stage as, “The Pee Wee Herman Show”, not on the big screen.

Paul Reubens first brought us the Pee Wee Herman character way back in 1981 at the Groundlings theatre. Then the character brought us two major motion pictures, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” directed by Tim Burton and “Big Top Pee Wee”.

Last year, Paul Reubens hinted at bringing Pee Wee back ’cause he’s stated he is writing a few scripts for the next Pee Wee movies. Look like he is bringing the character to the stage first to hype his return.

The new Pee Wee Herman show is scheduled for 17 performances at the Music Box and Fonda Theater in Hollywood beggining Nov. 8th.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/features/people/e3ice2557e822899daa073a09e1dab9661e

Lets hope Paul don’t get caught jerkin’ off in front of Miss Yvonne when she isn’t paying attention.

Kev