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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 [...]

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.

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 [...]