The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse Are Reuniting


Pee-wee Herman and his over-the-top surroundings are icons of American popular culture. Paul Reubens created the giddy giggling character in the Glen plaid suit, but to flesh out Pee-wee’s TV universe the Calarts graduate recruited a team of art world superstars including animator Ric Heitzman, cartoonist Gary Panter, and painter Wayne White. The trio will reunite at USC on January 21 for a two-day lecture and hands-on workshop called I Know You Are But What Am I? The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Reubens came up with the character while he was at the Groundlings comedy theater in the 1970s. An HBO special led to Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, and then to five years of Playhouse (recently released on DVD) on TV. Reubens brought the character back for a Broadway run in 2010 and Netflix will premiere a new movie adventure, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, in March. Get tickets now or they’ll be as hard to find as that lost bike.