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Defictionalization: Pee-wee's scooter was reproduced as a full-size replica for kids, as was Pee-wee's ventriloquist dummy, Billy Baloney.
Hey, It's That Guy!: Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis, S. Epatha Merkerson as Reba the Mail Lady, Jimmy Smits as the Conky Repairman, Phil Hartman as Cpt Carl (who played Captain Carl on The Pee-Wee Herman Show comedy special and appeared on the season 11 episode that Pee-Wee Herman hosted as an extra [before becoming a cast member a year later]), Larry "Bud" Melman from David Letterman...
Saturday Night Live John Paragon (Jambi) also had a memorable supporting role in UHF.
The second King of Cartoons is also known as .
Blacula This also applies to people working behind the scenes as well. Both John Singleton and Rob Zombie worked as production assistants. In addition, many of the animations, such as Penny, the Dinosaur Family, and (maybe) the Toys in the first two seasons, were produced by a pre- Wallace & Gromit Aardman Animations. Also, Cyndi Lauper sang the theme song, while Mark Mothersbaugh (who did music for the Klasky-Csupo cartoons on Nickelodeon, particularly , and was also lead singer of Rugrats Devo) co-composed it. Mothersbaugh, Todd Rundgren, Danny Elfman (who worked on music for in its early years, and was an The Simpsons Associated Composer for Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, and Barry Sonnenfeld), The Residents, Dweezil Zappa ( Frank Zappa's son), George Clinton, and Van Dyke Parks (a frequent collaborator of Brian Wilson) also provided incidental music for the show.
The Merch: Though normally known for die-cast model cars, Matchbox produced a line of 5" figurines and a full-sized Playhouse playset for them. The company also produced a talking puppet of Pee-Wee's porcine pal Vance when came out.
Big Top Pee Wee Name's the Same: The Mr. Kite of Pee-wee's Playhouse is not the one from The Beatles' song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", though he is named after some 19th century British circus performer named William Kite, whose mention in the Pablo Fanque Circus Royal Poster became the basis for the song.
The Other Darrin: The King of Cartoons was played by Gilbert Lewis in Season 1 and William H. Marshall in the other four seasons.
What Could Have Been: According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, CBS was interested in doing a sixth season, but Reubens said he felt worn out and wanted to try other things. His infamous 1991 arrest happened mere months later, but contrary to rumors, Reubens and others say that the show getting canceled was Reubens' decision, not because of the arrest (though the reruns were taken off CBS because of the arrest).