Pee Wee’s Last Big Adventure: Remembering Paul Reubens

Aug 7, 2023 · 1985 views

Carol Channing’s ventriloquist doll pays Pee Wee Herman a visit on his show on Broadway, along with Miss Understood and Charo. Illustration: Fausto Fernós.

Paging Mister Herman, Mister Herman to the Pearly Gates. Heartbreaking news, Paul Reubens, the comedian and performance artist behind the childlike alter-ego Pee-Wee Herman, died from complications of cancer on Sunday. He was 70.

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Ruebens created his iconic character while performing with the comedy troupe The Groundlings and it quickly became a cultural sensation on late night TV which lead to his breakthrough film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and his iconic Saturday morning live action tv show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

After being arrested in a theater in Florida, Paul Reubens’ career got derailed despite a public outcry against overzealous police. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried joked “If masturbation is a crime, I should be getting the electric chair.”

Today drag queen impresario Miss Understood joins us to look at the hilarious and wonderfully weird life and legacy of Paul Reubens, the genius behind Pee-Wee Herman.


Plus– a look also at the urban legends surrounding Carol Channing, and the life and legacy of Shuhada Sadaqat, the musician best known as Sinéad O’Connor.

Don’t remember why, but the camp factor is here in 2007. Comedian Amanda Cohen as Sinead O’Connor tears up a photo of Britney Spears. Illustration: Fausto Fernós.



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