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PeeWee Herman

PeeWee's Playhouse

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    Pee-wee was largely inspired by Pinky Lee, who was the host of his eponymous children’s show in the early ‘50s. He wore a distinctive plaid suit and displayed childish behavior similar to that of Pee-wee’s.
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    Does the voice behind the theme song of the playhouse sound familiar to you? It should, especially if you grew up in the ‘80s: it’s Cyndi Lauper. But she was credited as Ellen Shaw on the show
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    There were plenty of up-and-coming celebrities on the show. Most of us know about Phil Hartman as Captain Carl and Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis, but there was also S. Epatha Merkerson as Mailman Reba and Natasha Lyonne as a neighborhood kid named Opal
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    Pee-wee first showed up in the comedy group the Groundlings when Paul Reubens was a member. It was definitely not kid material then. The Groundlings is where Reubens and Phil Hartman met, forming a writing team that would carry them through all of Pee-wee’s adventures
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    According to the Christmas Special, Magic Johnson and Magic Screen are cousins.
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    Who knew Duke the dog-faced boy from Big Top Pee-wee would go on to win an Academy Award? Big Top was Benicio del Toro’s first film.
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    It’s no surprise that Paul Reubens was inspired to write Big Top Pee-wee – he grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Apparently it’s where the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus liked to winter, so he had the Flying Wallendas as neighbors. Circus life probably seemed pretty normal to him
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    Remember Dottie from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure? In real life, she’s E.G. Daily – AKA the voice of Tommy Pickles from Rugrats
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    Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure was one of Tim Burton’s first successes
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    Tim Burton never forgot his first collaboration with Paul Reubens – he has since featured Reubens in Batman Returns and as the voice of Lock in The Nightmare Before Christmas