Posts tagged as pee-wee’s playhouse

Talking to Wayne White About Cartooning, 'Pee-wee's Playhouse,' and Humor's Role in the Art World

Prior to the release of the 2012 documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, artist Wayne White's work had much more mainstream recognition than his name. A comedian of the art world and vice versa, White's storied career has consistently eluded a singular identity; he's made cartoons for The New York Times and The Village Voice, both acted in and fabricated puppets and sets for Pee-wee's Playhouse, worked on a handful of children's television series, made music videos and commercials, and created the world's largest country star George Jones head. It wasn't until White debuted his trademark "word paintings" inspired by both his Chattanooga upbringing and lifelong [...]

The Postmodern Aesthetic of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'

"An audience of people like myself. Young hipsters that had grown up in my generation. Sort of the lower last dregs of the Baby Boomers, who grew up in the '60s and '70s watching children’s television, and then grew up to read underground comics, and then grew up even more and saw people like Andy Kaufman and Saturday Night Live and this whole postmodern deconstruction of the culture we grew up in…We wanted to look back on all this media influence and kind of make fun of it and do a satire of it almost, but embrace it too because we love it all." – Pee-wee's Playhouse's production designer Wayne White [...]

Pee-Wee's Playhouse Hits Broadway

I bought tickets to The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway as soon they went on sale back in May. I knew it was a bit risky, considering the initial first revival attempt in Los Angeles in 2009 was canceled in favor of moving it to a bigger theater. But it wasn't until Pee Wee whipped the Internet into a frenzy with recent Twitter musings and Foursquare check-ins when it really sunk it — this show is definitely happening.

It was opening night and the crowd was full of aging Gen-Xers and assorted Pee Wee enthusiasts. The houselights went down, and Pee Wee poked out shyly in [...]

It's That Episode 59: Pat O'Brien Explores the World of 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse'

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Pat O'Brien (The Onion, America Won't Shut Up) stops by to watch the very first episode of Pee-Wee's Playouse. There will be a lot of talk about creativity, and a Public Service Announcement about crack cocaine.

Download now (MP3), listen on iTunes here, stream the full episode below, or listen on Sirius/XM Radio, Channel 406, every Friday at 6pm.

Wayne White Is Worth Admiring In the Beauty Is Embarrassing Documentary

Here's the trailer for Beauty Is Embarrassing, a documentary about artist and Pee Wee's Playhouse set designer and voice actor Wayne White, the man whom Matt Groening describes as "a little Zach Galifianakis, a little Snuffy Smith, a little Unabomber." The film is premiering at SXSW in March, but let's all hope that it comes out for a much wider audience soon after, because it looks like a great inspiration for anyone trying to be creative. Or trying to put cigarette butts into the mouths of children's puppets.

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Director and Star of 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' – Pee Wee's Playhouse Art Director Documentary

Even if you’ve never heard Wayne White’s name, you’ve almost definitely enjoyed his work. Wayne was a designer on shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouseand Beakman’s World, as well as music videos like Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight Tonight. Wayne has since developed a second career in the fine arts world and is the subject of the wonderful new documentary Beauty is Embarrassing.

This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show you will hear from both Wayne and the film’s director, Neil Berkley. We discuss the influence of Pee-Wee, what shows are continuing it’s legacy today, and what message Wayne implanted in the unsuspecting brains of children.

Pee-Wee's Familiar Adventure

I can distinctly remember watching Batman Returns as an 11-year old kid and being confused by the fact that Pee-wee Herman was throwing a baby into the Gotham City sewage system. The brief role of the Penguin’s father at the beginning of the film was played by Paul Reubens and not his grey suit-wearing alter ego. But, for my money, there was no difference. I was aware of the fact that Pee-wee wasn’t a real person. But it still didn’t make sense to see Reubens as anything other than the eternal man-child that made him famous.

After springing into worldwide fame in 1981 with the premier of HBO’s [...]