Happy 62nd Birthday to Pee-Wee Herman! Paul Reubens, née Rubenfeld, was always a fan of the circus. He began acting as a child and eventually joined the popular improvisational comedy troupe, The Groundlings, where his Pee-Wee Herman character was born. The geeky, exuberant, man-child character gained popularity in the 1980s, culminating in the hit film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985. He followed that with the circus-themed Big Top Pee-Wee in 1988 and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, which ran for five years on CBS.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
Two well-known actors had recurring roles on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Who were they?
a) Jan Hooks and Jason Hervey
b) Penelope Ann Miller and Benicio Del Toro
c) S. Epatha Merkerson and Laurence Fishburne
d) Whoopi Goldberg and Magic Johnson
CLIPS OF THE DAY
There are too many to choose from! Here are some of our favorite moments from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
“I know you are, but what am I? I know you are, but what am I? I know you are, but what am I?”
“I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY
I think my entire career path was determined for me when I was 6 years old, watching reruns of I Love Lucy on TV and thinking about making people laugh.
PICS OF THE DAY
DID YOU KNOW…
Paul Reubens was a contestant on The Gong Show in the 1970s. He was so popular, he made 15 more appearances.
c) S. Epatha Merkerson played Reba the Mailwoman and Laurence Fishburne played Cowboy Curtis. All the actors listed have appeared in other Pee-Wee vehicles: Jan Hooks and Jason Hervey were in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure; Penelope Ann Miller and Benicio Del Toro were in Big Top Pee-Wee; Whoopi Goldberg and Magic Johnson were in the 1988 special Christmas at Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.