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Pee-wee Herman takes Manhattan

Peep Wee Herman's Playhouse by Rebecca Cohen and Emily Salomon, Washington. From the Peeps Gallery.

My heart belongs to Pee-wee Herman.

For years, people would look aslant at me, when I would make that statement. Didn't I know about "The Incident?" Of course I did. I didn't care. I loved Paul Reubens, the man behind the bowtie, and I knew he would find redemption.

It may have been 20 years in the making, but he has worked his way back into the public's heart. First with roles in "Blow" and "30 Rock," and finally by embracing the role that made him famous. In January, after years away, Reubens resurrected the famous gray-suited character of Pee-wee Herman. "The Pee-wee Herman Show" opened in Los Angeles to rave reviews. The Los Angeles Times finally averred: "Reubens' perceived sins have been forgiven." (Note:I had only ever perceived free-wheeling joy.)

Now, Reubens will be chuckling his way on to Broadway next week where the show will open on October 25 for a ten-week run, and Judd Apatow has signed on to produce the next Pee-wee film.

"I knew that people cared about Pee-wee, but when he's getting a one-minute long standing ovation as soon as he arrives onstage, you see that he's not only an icon, he strikes a deeply emotional chord with his fan base," the stage show's director told Paper magazine in their cover story this month.


And oh, what a sweet-sounding chord it is. The grinning, goofy man has been bouncing around town, first at the Regis and Kathy Lee Kelly show, then on a scavenger hunt with the Internet app Four Square, and last night at Jimmy Fallon's show, bringing absurd joy wherever he may be.

It's good to have Pee Wee Herman back. God love the man, cause I sure do.


A friend just admitted her love for the man too. "The show embraced all kinds of characters, all kinds of ethnicities, without ever drawing attention to the fact that it was doing so." Yes, indeed it did.

By Melissa Bell  | October 15, 2010; 9:31 AM ET
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Gray suit not "grey."
It's not blaque, it's black, nor it is redd. It's red.
And in the USA, it's gray.

Posted by: sdwriter | October 15, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I cant wait! Road trip to NYC for PEE WEE!

Posted by: sandradbeachbum | October 15, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Well, then you I guess you didn't know that today, Pee Wee's Secret word is "grey". Gotta watch the show.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | October 15, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It was his role in Murphy Brown that began his come-back and later roles in Blow and 30 Rock.

Posted by: tangerinebeth | October 15, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"Regis and Kathy Lee show"

Did I miss something? Or is this an Insider's Joke?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 15, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Pee-Wee's Playhouse was great.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 15, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I never thought there was anything to forgive. I loved PW's Playhouse. And the 9 kids in my extended family never even knew anything about the arrest. Just us grown ups knew. I'm so so very glad he is "back". Though in my heart he never went away.

Posted by: dcampbell1 | October 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It was so awesome to see him on Jimmy Fallon last night. Pee-Wee STILL RULES!!!

"The secret word of the day is...BASKETBALL! You remember what the do when someone says the secret word of the day right? You got it...SCREAM really LOUD! Uh-huk-kuk-huk!"

Posted by: cbmuzik | October 15, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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