Monday, January 20, 2014

THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW / Reubens-Callner Productions - 1981

It's Mirthful Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. When I saw this years ago, I loved the crap out of it, it totally tickled my twisted comedy nerve in all the right ways! I have always preferred it over PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE because of the adult content, which makes it more interesting, I think.

Eegah!! sent over a fun little soundclip from this classic show, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to Tabonga's Magic Box, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW!

Paul Reubens is Pee-Wee, what a perfect look and character he came up with for him, and, the audience goes wild over his hilarious antics.

Everyone used a bag of funny gags after this, he even pulls out a giant pair of men's underwear!

His telephone system is nothing more than a tangled network of Donald Duck orange juice cans on cords with pegs connecting to various plug-ins.

Don't forget about his mystical Genie and pal in a magic box, Jambi, played by John Paragon. John was also The Breather on ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE.

Pee-Wee's pal, Hammy, pays him a visit. When Hammy's cute sister, Susan, comes looking for him, the boys put on their shoe mirrors and invite her to come inside...

But, the joke's on them, she informs the boys that she isn't wearing any underwear, which really grosses them out!! Nicole Panter plays Susan, she's the wife of the playhouse production designer, underground comix legend, Gary Panter! She also managed the LA punk band, THE GERMS!!

It's always depressing to see Phil Hartman here. Phil plays the salty and socially backwards sailor, Kap'n Karl.

Pee-Wee's curious about tobacco, so, the Kap'n loads up a pipeful for him to sample and says to take a giant puff. Pee-Wee turns green and goes on a psychedelic spinout after just one hit of the wacky weed!

Then, Kap'n Karl pulls out this drawing and asks Pee-Wee what's missing on the Mermaid! The answer is... A belly button!

Miss Yvonne drops in and does an exotic, girl dance. Pee-Wee gets a vantage point to watch.

When Pee-Wee asks this lady from the audience, who he's trying to hypnotize, "Do you feel hypnotized, Joan?" Joan says, "Yes." Pee-Wee looks shocked and replies... "You do?!!"

Then, we find out why he put her under the puppet's evil spell!

Pee-Wee orders a pair of hands for Jambi through the mail! There's also a poster of Rat Fink behind him.

Mr. and Mrs. Jelly Donut show up for a big musical number that includes Pee-Wee! That's a Flamingo Guitar Mr. Donut is playing!

Pee-Wee gets his wish in the end and flies around like a bird in the sky! Tune in Wednesday when Eegah!! brings us... Who the Hell knows! He just got a new batch of rare wild 'n' weird flicks to share!!


Exeter said...

I loved Pee Wee's Playhouse..A girlfriend I had at the time turned me on to it... So I have tapes of a lot of shows... somewhere...

Thanks for the kind reminder!

TABONGA! said...

You're welcome, Ex...

Lacey said...

Didn't Cassandra Peterson play MS. Yvonne in the original stage production?

TABONGA! said...

Lacey - Don't know, or, even to find that info out...

MDG14450 said...

Hammy was played by Tito Larriva from one of my favorite bands, The Plugz.

TABONGA! said...

Lacey, I found this online, part of an Oct. 2013 interview...

Phil: Cassandra, I've mentioned about Rich Koz and Son of Svengoolie being your fiendishly funny friend here in Chicago. But you also have some fun and famous friends that you spend time with in LA. Are you still close with Paul Reubens who is the man behind the bow-tie of Pee Wee Herman?

Cassandra: Yes, Paul and I go way back to our days of creating stage characters at the LA Groundlings comedy group. We lost touch for a few years, but have recently connected. Just a week or so ago, he came to see my show at Knott's Berry Farm. Someone else, who like Paul, understands what it's like to be connected to a public figure persona, is RuPaul. We were just spending time together this morning, driving around LA and saying how nice it is to be able to be out in public and not have anyone know who you are.

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