I noticed yesterday on IMDB that Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman) turned 54 this pastÂ weekend.Â And then I realized it's been 20 years since "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" debuted on CBS. And althoughÂ both facts areÂ hard to believe, the more surprising fact is that Pee-Wee is scheduled to return in "Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Movie" in 2007.Â That'sÂ scary and funny.Â A few other surprising facts I learned on IMDB:
- When Reubens signed to do "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" in 1986, CBS agreed to pay him $325,000 per episode. That's what an actor in a major sitcom would have made.
- Earlier in his career, Reubens made four appearances on "The Gong Show."
- He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. (Can that really be true? IMDB says it is)
- During CBS's five year's of "Pee-Wee's Playhouse," Reubens never appeared for interviews as himself. He was always in character.
And you know the post-1991 Reubens story, so I'll leave it at that. And I hate to admit it but if Large Marge is going to make an appearance in the 2007 flick, I might just go see it. Don't tell anyone.