QUESTION: In Pee-wee's Playhouse, what was Jambi's magical incantation?
B) Mecca lecca hi
D) You got it!
The Giant World of Miniatures, created by area artist Bob Omrod between 1976 and 2015, has many intricacies and mysteries to be discovered. We aspire to disclosing many of these in the blog, but also giving you the chance to reveal them yourselves when you come and explore the collection on your own. Today's blog is going to be dedicated to a disembodied green head in a cabinet. Don't worry, it's nothing morbid. It is, in fact, Jambi the genie, a character in the 1980's Saturday morning program Pee-wee's Playhouse. Running from 1986 to 1990, ninety-eight episodes of this very silly, quite strange program were made about Pee-Wee Herman and his quirky friends. Cowboy Curtis, Miss Yvonne, Chairy the talking plush chair, and then, of course, Jambi all regularly made appearances in this imaginative and often downright silly program.
Jambi was portrayed by an actor/director named John Paragon, whose career has veered towards work at the Disney theme parks in their Imagineering department. Other performers who appeared on the Playhouse became somewhat more familiar afterwards, including Cowboy Curtis, the jheri curled cowboy played by Lawrence Fishburne (he went by Larry back then, though, in his pre-Matrix career) and Phil Hartman, whose career on Saturday Night Live and News Radio would make him a favorite. And, of course, Paul Reubens not only created the character of Pee-wee Herman, but continues to play him to this day, most recently in a Netflix Original program called Pee-wee's Big Holiday.
ANSWER: B) Mecca lecca hi, followed by mecca hiney ho