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So Here Comes That New Pee-Wee Herman Movie No One Was Waiting For

Be sure and tell 'em Large Marge sent ya

The only thing more disturbing than seeing Paul Reubens perform as “Pee-Wee Herman” is seeing Paul Reubens perform…as Paul Reubens.

The man-boy and public pervert made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he donned a dark suit and turtleneck, and was interviewed out-of-character to promote the “Complete Series” release of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on Blu Ray — since, you know, everyone needed to re-experience that bizarre 1980’s children’s program in High Definition.

After Jimmy Fallon virtually drooled over Pee-Wee on a level that has me a bit concerned for the sanity of the late night host, Reubens revealed that he’s teaming up with Judd Apatow for a brand new feature length Pee-Wee movie to begin filming early next year. Sure, can’t wait for that one.

I’ll admit to enjoying the original Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure upon its release. But that was also way back in 1985, and I wasn’t old enough to know any better. At least some of the gags in that one still hold up today, but let’s be honest here: Paul Reubens is now 62 years old. Baby face or not, continuing to perform this character at his age is getting even creepier than it was to see him do it in his prime. Then again, maybe it’s just hard for me to get past that whole movie theater incident. Or his pleading guilty to an obscenity charge as part of a settlement in a kiddie porn case as recently as ten years ago. You certainly didn’t hear Jimmy Fallon ask the performer about any of that.

Still, if Reubens can convince Laurence Fishburne to suit up once again as “Cowboy Curtis,” I might be persuaded to see the new film.


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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