Trivia / Pee-Wee's Playhouse

  • All-Star Cast: The Christmas Special. Its special guests included Cher, Grace Jones, a very young k.d. lang, Charo, Joan Rivers, Earvin "Magic" Johnson (cousin of Magic Screen), and Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.
  • Defictionalization: Pee-wee's scooter was reproduced as a full-size replica for kids, as was Pee-wee's ventriloquist dummy, Billy Baloney.
  • 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 Big Top Pee-wee came out.
  • 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.
    • In the first season, Pterri was voiced by John Paragon (who portrays Jambi), but in the second season, he was voiced by George McGrath (who voices Globey). From the third season on, however, Paragon again voiced Pterri.
  • 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 for indecent exposure and lewd conduct in a porno theater in Sarasota, Florida happened mere months later, but contrary to rumors, Reubens and others say that the show getting canceled was because Reubens decided to end the show, not because of the arrest (though the reruns were taken off the air and Pee Wee Herman's mainstream popularity was tarnished).
    • Originally CBS wanted an animated series based on Pee-Wee Herman, but Paul Reubens suggested a live-action kids' show instead. Coincidentally, NBC would do an animated show featuring a Man Child character as competition to Pee-Wee's Playhouse (The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, featuring Martin Short's spastic, cow-licked optimist from the last two seasons of SCTV and his only season on Saturday Night Live).

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