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    As a product of the ’80s, I will always have a soft spot for Pee Wee Herman. His too-small 1950s suit, his man-child persona, and of course, that laugh. I can’t hear the song “Tequila” without breaking out the Pee Wee dance. And to be honest, I always thought he got the shaft. Yes, he was busted for indecent exposure for pleasuring himself in a porno theater. But compare that to what many celebrities get caught doing these days, and he’s practically in line for sainthood. It should also be noted that originally, the character of Pee Wee Herman was never intended for children. Anyone who saw his 1982 HBO special, “Pee Wee Herman Live at the Roxy Theater” knows this. Anyway, the disgraced comedian is staging something of a comeback, in the form of an all-new stage play.
    Pee-Wee Herman’s ready for a comeback — and he’s starting in Los Angeles with a stage play.
    “I’m opening a big show in January — ‘The Pee-Wee Herman Show’ — based on my original stage production, but completely new and rewritten,” Herman, played by creator Paul Reubens, said.
    The play could lead to a national tour and maybe another Pee-Wee Herman movie, show producer Scott Sanders told CNN.
    “I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that after Los Angeles, I’ll get Pee-Wee to say yes, that he’ll go and do this elsewhere,” Sanders said.
    The stage show will include all the characters from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse — his CBS television series — including Chairry, Genie, Conky, Magic Screen, Miss Yvonne and Cowboy Curtis, Herman said.
    “People are going to see a brand new show, full of incredible, incredible puppets, characters, live action, costumes, a plot, music, Club Nokia,” he said.
    Club Nokia is the downtown Los Angeles venue where the show will run for four weeks, starting on January 12.
    Reubens has rarely appeared in his child-like Pee-Wee persona since 1991, when he was arrested on an indecent exposure charge in a Florida theater.
    The character, initially created for an adult alternative comedy audience in 1980, became a big hit with kids because of two movies and a Saturday-morning CBS show that ran for six years. It was canceled after his arrest.
    Director Alex Timbers, who grew up watching Pee-Wee Herman, thinks the new show will appeal to all ages.
    “He’s the impulsive character who will do what you’re feeling inside,” Timbers said.
    Sanders suggested parents could safely bring children 10 and older to see Pee-Wee. “It would be rated PG if it were a movie,” he said.
    “Pee-Wee’s got a lot of mischief in him and he’s subversive, but he’s also kind and warm and loving,” Sanders said.
    All of the original actors from the TV show will reprise their roles for the stage play, except for Laurence Fishburne, who played Cowboy Curtis.
    Fishburne, who has won Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar since his Pee-Wee’s Playhouse days, is busy portraying Dr. Raymond Langston in the CSI TV series, Sanders said. But Herman did call Fishburne to get his approval to hire another actor for the part, he said.
    “Just before he hung up, Laurence said to Pee Wee, ‘But listen, if you decide you’re going to do another movie, I’ll get that Jheri curl out and I’ll be there for Cowboy Curtis,” Sanders said.
    In fact, a new movie has been rumored, but Pee Wee Herman was coy when asked about it.
    “A movie could be in the cards,” Herman said. “Do you know something I don’t know?”
    But there is no question he has high expectations for his show.
    “I hope the whole world, and people on the moon, and Mars and all over the universe get to see me, not just the people on Earth,” Herman said. “I don’t want to be limited to just Earth.”
    [From CNN]
    One person who will sadly be missing from the reunion is Phil Hartman, the slain comedian who played Captain Carl. He was great! It does seem to make sense to revive Pee Wee, with 1980s nostalgia at an all time high these days. I just hope this time around, Paul Reubens, the actor who created and plays the character, behaves himself. Reubens has had a few small but memorable roles outside of his alter ego. A longtime friend of Tim Burton, who directed “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” Reubens lent his familiar voice to “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” He’s also made guest appearances on “30 Rock,” “Reno 911!” and the cartoon “Chowder.”

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    I hope it works. It's retarded that his career got wrecked over beating off in an adult theater, anyway. I mean... what was he supposed to do? Just sit there and nod? Sheesh.

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    i fucking love pee wee.
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    Remember Grimm's 'Oh snap' avatar of PeeWee from a long time ago? I think he needs to bring it back

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    I thought he already made a comeback with minor roles in movies. Hey, good luck to him.

    All of the original actors from the TV show will reprise their roles for the stage play, except for Laurence Fishburne, who played Cowboy Curtis.
    And I had forgotten that Morpheus and his retired Jheri curl were on the old TV show.


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    I always loved Pee Wee too, still have the Playhouse VHS tapes to prove it.

    Does this mean S. Epatha Merkerson will be back as Reba the Mail Lady? If so, cool!

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    Yea, good time for a comeback if he's still relevant. Nowadays a celeb whacking off in a porn theater is mild stuff, hell, it's actually on the to do list for wanna be's and has beens to feature themselves in explicit sex tapes. So the 'bar has been raised,' pee wee's actions are so tame nowadays.

    By the way, was he accused of having pictures of kids or something, or was that some other celeb?

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    I loved Pee Wee's Playhouse as a kid. It was such a freak show! Sadly,...I liked his movie Big Adventure movie, too. He is one of those people that acted so dumb,...you just have to laugh.

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    Yes, it was him. From wiki:

    Pornography arrest: 2002

    In November 2002, while filming David La Chapelle's video for Elton John's "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore", Reubens learned that policemen were at his house with a search warrant, acting on a tip from a witness in the pornography case against actor Jeffrey Jones,[64] finding among over 70,000 items of kitsch memorabilia, two grainy videotapes and dozens of what the city attorney's office characterized as a collection of child pornography.[1] Kelly Bush, Reubens' personal representative at the time, said the description of the items was inaccurate and claimed the objects were "Rob Lowe's sex videotape and a few 30- to 100-year-old kitsch collectible images".[65] Reubens turned himself in to the Hollywood division of the LAPD and was charged with possession of obscene material improperly depicting a child under the age of eighteen in sexual conduct.[66] The District Attorney looked at Reubens' collection and computer and found no grounds for bringing any felony charges against him, while the city attorney brought misdemeanor charges against Reubens "on the very last day" that the statute would allow.[67] Reubens was represented by Hollywood criminal defender lawyer Blair Berk.[68] In December he pleaded not guilty through Berk, who also complained that the city attorney failed to turn over evidence to the defense, which City Attorney Richard Katz countered that prosecutors were not required to do until after arraignment, after which they did; neither side disclosed the contents.[69]

    "One thing I want to make very, very clear, I don't want anyone for one second to think that I am titillated by images of children. It's not me. You can say lots of things about me. And you might. The public may think I'm weird. They may think I'm crazy or anything that anyone wants to think about me. That's all fine. As long as one of the things you're not thinking about me is that I'm a pedophile. Because that's not true."
    —Paul Reubens on the charges.[24]

    In March 2004, child pornography charges were dropped. For the next three years he had to register his address with the sheriff's office and could not be in the company of minors without their parents' permission.[24] Reubens later stated that he was a collector of erotica, including films, muscle magazines and a sizable collection of both heterosexual and homosexual vintage erotica,[1] such as photographic studies of teen nudes.[24] Reubens claimed that what the city attorney's office viewed as pornography, he considered innocent art and that what they described as people underage engaged in masturbation or oral copulation was in fact a judgmental point of view of the nudes which Reubens described as people "one hundred percent not" performing sexual acts.[24] Being a big collector, Reubens had often bought in bulk, with one of his vintage magazines dealers declaring that "there's no way" he could have known the content of each page in the publications he bought and that he recalled Reubens asking for "physique magazines, vintage 1960s material, but not things featuring kids".[1]
    He spent the next two years caring for his terminally ill father in Florida, who died in February 2004 of cancer.[2][70]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    Yes, it was him. From wiki:

    Pornography arrest: 2002

    In November 2002, while filming David La Chapelle's video for Elton John's "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore", Reubens learned that policemen were at his house with a search warrant, acting on a tip from a witness in the pornography case against actor Jeffrey Jones,[64] finding among over 70,000 items of kitsch memorabilia, two grainy videotapes and dozens of what the city attorney's office characterized as a collection of child pornography.[1] Kelly Bush, Reubens' personal representative at the time, said the description of the items was inaccurate and claimed the objects were "Rob Lowe's sex videotape and a few 30- to 100-year-old kitsch collectible images".[65] Reubens turned himself in to the Hollywood division of the LAPD and was charged with possession of obscene material improperly depicting a child under the age of eighteen in sexual conduct.[66] The District Attorney looked at Reubens' collection and computer and found no grounds for bringing any felony charges against him, while the city attorney brought misdemeanor charges against Reubens "on the very last day" that the statute would allow.[67] Reubens was represented by Hollywood criminal defender lawyer Blair Berk.[68] In December he pleaded not guilty through Berk, who also complained that the city attorney failed to turn over evidence to the defense, which City Attorney Richard Katz countered that prosecutors were not required to do until after arraignment, after which they did; neither side disclosed the contents.[69]

    "One thing I want to make very, very clear, I don't want anyone for one second to think that I am titillated by images of children. It's not me. You can say lots of things about me. And you might. The public may think I'm weird. They may think I'm crazy or anything that anyone wants to think about me. That's all fine. As long as one of the things you're not thinking about me is that I'm a pedophile. Because that's not true."
    —Paul Reubens on the charges.[24]

    In March 2004, child pornography charges were dropped. For the next three years he had to register his address with the sheriff's office and could not be in the company of minors without their parents' permission.[24] Reubens later stated that he was a collector of erotica, including films, muscle magazines and a sizable collection of both heterosexual and homosexual vintage erotica,[1] such as photographic studies of teen nudes.[24] Reubens claimed that what the city attorney's office viewed as pornography, he considered innocent art and that what they described as people underage engaged in masturbation or oral copulation was in fact a judgmental point of view of the nudes which Reubens described as people "one hundred percent not" performing sexual acts.[24] Being a big collector, Reubens had often bought in bulk, with one of his vintage magazines dealers declaring that "there's no way" he could have known the content of each page in the publications he bought and that he recalled Reubens asking for "physique magazines, vintage 1960s material, but not things featuring kids".[1]
    He spent the next two years caring for his terminally ill father in Florida, who died in February 2004 of cancer.[2][70]
    Ewwwww!

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    Okay so we're going to try this one more time, are we?

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    I know you are but what am I?


    Absolutely love Pee Wee.
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    lol

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    I love Pee Wee, hope he makes a huge comeback.

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