The Luckiest Boy In The world

Like most of America, I first discovered Pee Wee Herman through his 1981 HBO special, apropos named “The Pee Wee Herman Show,” a taped live version of his hit LA Groundlings show and precursor to his beloved Saturday morning series. I was entranced with Paul Reuben’s brilliant deconstruction of children’s shows situated in a pop universe designed by Gary Panter, influenced by 50’s educational films and Japanese cartoons. With a wide cast of colorful characters such as Phil Hartman’s sea dog, Captain Carl, and Miss Yvonne, “the most beautiful woman in the world,” the show managed to both playfully tweak kid’s television and honor its wide-eyed innocence. I love the stage version and prefer it to any of the films, especially this transcendant moment when Pee Wee’s greatest wish comes true…

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